Well, I knew the process would be a bit daunting and confusing and so far it has lived up to my expectations! I know there's been a few threads that cover the difficulties associated with visas and document gathering but I wonder if some kind souls out there could clarify a couple of things: *Medical check - I've found a company in London that will do this and the school will reimburse on arrival BUT my question is whether or not this check needs to be under six months old on arrival in China? E.g. Do I need to wait until March to get this done and signed if I am arriving in China at the beginning of Aug? I've contacted my school who have said that I can get it done anytime, that there are no time limits on the medical, but I've looked at a friend's documentation from another school which says that they should not have it done until later to make it under six months. Any advice? *DBS check - I am right in thinking that this document does definitely need to be under six months old from the time I arrive in China? In which case I do have to wait until March to get this done? *Marriage certs/birth certs - My husband and myself both have contracts in the same school but have one child as a dependant. Does the marriage cert need to be legalised etc before sending off? Does the birth cert of our child need to be legalised etc before sending off? Any light shed onto all/some of the above would be very much appreciated and good luck to all other newbies having the same headaches.