China Visa

General Documents Preparation

  1. Passport
    • Original passport with at least six months of remaining validity, 2 blank visa pages against to each other, a photocopy of the passport’s information page. If the applicant has been to China before, please provide a photocopy of the visa page.
  2.  Visa Application Form (CHINESE VISA APPLICATION FORM)
    • Signature for the last page in application form needs to sign in person and same as passport signature.
    • If you have had nationality(ies) other than the current, you need to submit a statement which explains that you abandoned your previous nationality. 
    • Non-EU applicant should prepare original leave to remain in the UK document (BRP card or any permit visa page) as a proof of stay in the UK. It should be at least six months of remaining validity.
  3. Photo requirement

Photo requirement

Supporting Documents for Family Visit and Tourism

  1. Proof of travel (eg: flight tickets), hotel reservation and invitation letter. Invitation letter must include the following details:
    • Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, passport number).
    • Information on the planned visit (arrival and departure dates, places to be visited with address, financial support).
    • Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, the signature of the legal representative, print name, the inviting individual 1 photocopy of the front side and back side of Chinese ID card).
    • If the inviting party is not Chinese, you need to provide a photocopy of passport information page (the one with picture and signature) and a photocopy of working visa or any long-term permit visa page. The signature in the invitation letter should be the same as passport signature.
    • If the applicant and the inviting party are both Chinese, the invitation needs to be written in Mandarin Chinese.
  2. Applicant who wants to apply for double entries is required to provide invitation letter, hotel reservations, and flight bookings. The above documents should confirm both trips. The second entry should be within 3 months after the first entry).

Supporting Documents for Business and Non-business Visit

Non-business visit involves business event, the most common form of which is participating business conference. 

  1. Invitation letter
    • Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, passport number).
    • Information on the planned visit ( the purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, the address of place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures, i.e. who will pay for the business trip).
    • Information on the inviting entity or individual (full name, telephone number, address, official stamp, i.e. red round stamp, the signature of the legal representative and print name, inviting individual’s job title/position).

Supporting Documents for Work Visa

  1. Following documents for those who plan to stay for more than 90 days after entry:
    • Foreigners Employment Permit of the People’s Republic of China, both original and copy, or Notification Letter of Foreigner’s Work Permit in the People’s Republic of China issued by the Chinese government authorities for Human Resources and Social Security.
    • Permit for Foreign Experts Working in China issued by the State Bureau of Foreign Experts, both original and copy.
    • Registration Certificate of Resident Representative Offices of enterprises of foreign countries (regions) issued by Chinese authorities of industrial and commercial administration.
    • An approval document for commercial performances issued by the Chinese government authorities for Cultural Affairs, both original and copy.
    • Letter of Invitation to Foreigners for Offshore Petroleum Operations in China issued by China National Offshore Oil Corporation, both original and copy.

We would also like to bring the following to your attention:

Holders of Z Category Visa which allows more than 30 days shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organizations under local people’s governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners’ residence permits.

  1. One of the following documents for those who shall stay no more than 90 days after entry:
    • Foreigners Employment Permit of the People’s Republic of China and Approval of Short-Term Employment For Foreigners Working in China issued by Chinese government authorities for Human Resources and Social Security, both original and copy.
    • An approval document for commercial performances and Approval of Short-Term Employment For Foreigners Working in China issued by the Chinese government authorities for cultural affairs, both original and copy.

Supporting Documents for Study Visa

We would also like to bring the following to your attention:

Holders of X1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organizations under local people’s governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners’ residence permits.

  • X2-Visa – study for less than six months
    • Original and photocopy of Admission Notice/letter issued by a school or other entities in China.

Visa Application Fee

For UK/Jersey Channel Island Citizens: 

  • £235 per person (5 working days / including Embassy charge, service charge, and VAT) 
  • £275 per person (3 working days / including Embassy charge, service charge, and VAT) 
  • £16 postage is required to be paid on top of either of the above payment

For Non-UK or Jersey applicants, please call our office to inquire the fee details. 

Excellent result in HSK 3

unnamed-1The hot Jersey summer has once again put us under the spotlight…

Results released by Hanban last week revealed that our student Miss Louise Stewart Scott has achieved a fantastic result in her HSK3 assessment. Louise scored 298 out of 300! This news came hot on the heels of the success of our first summer school and the confirmation that ThinkChinese will provide Chinese lessons in school time at VCP and JCG from September. These achievements consolidate our recent progress and re-affirm our teaching pedagogy for the HSK courses.

Louise started her Chinese learning with us over two years ago. It all started with a club in JCG, where she quickly acquired the tones, strokes, and basic sentence structures. Louise has been drawn to this beautiful language since then. Not long after, she started to pursue her study among small teaching groups, and further through private tuition. Over the past two years, she achieved remarkable results in her HSK1, HSK2 and very recently in HSK3. Louise was also the 2016 winner of the Eisteddfod Modern Language Competition, Chinese section – secondary school class. As Mrs Gao Xin, the TCFL* programme leader in Nottingham University commented:

“Such rapid yet solid progress has no doubt put Miss Scott among the advanced learners group alongside many in the UK who study a foreign language, especially one that belongs to the Afro-Asiatic system.”

As the first student in Jersey to pass HSK3, we are proud that Louise has been taught by ThinkChinese from the outset. We are delighted at this excellent outcome. She owes her achievement to consistent hard work and dedication and the quality of instruction of our staff members. Louise has been accepted by the advanced Chinese class in her new school in America. We give all our best wishes to Louise and her future study. It is hoped that more students taught by ThinkChinese will be able to take assessments at higher levels in the near future as their learning progresses.

*TCFL: Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language

Half-term High Jinks

Not sure what your children should do for the up-coming half-term? This October Half term, ThinkChinese will unfold our first of its kind “Half-term Special Lessons”. This course will be taught by our teacher who specializes in Chinese Painting (9am-10am) and Calligraphy (10am-11am). The venue is at ThinkChinese office. Any primary school students are welcome to join this special culture immersion provision. Students can choose to attend either lesson or both. Don’t miss such a great opportunity to experience the oriental culture! 

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The Calligraphy class from the Easter Special course (Easter 2017).
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The paintings that are proudly done by our students from St Michaels.
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Chinese Culinary Session at FCJ

For information about our next Half term course, please contact info@thinkchinese.net.

HSK Courses Explained

In 2016, we introduced the HSK courses to Jersey. Since then, questions about the courses and the honours they brought to our students, parents and us, have never ceased. We are delight to witness the growing interest of learning the Chinese language in Jersey. We are also missioned to scale the provision and let more people benefit from the great opportunities learning Chinese can bring along.

The video below together with the Course Explanation will give you a good understanding of learning Chinese in global environment and the ins and outs of starting this exciting course with ThinkChinese. Enjoy and we hope to see you on board!

 

What is HSK?

HSK is a series of certificate courses, which is authorized by Hanban, the only Chinese government-funded institute to promote Chinese language and culture overseas. Hanban is headquartered in Beijing and has offices in more than 220 cities in 110 countries worldwide. ThinkChinese is directly linked with Hanban UK to coordinate all certificate courses in Jersey.

HSK has six levels – Levels 1 & 2 are elementary levels, Levels 3 & 4 intermediate and Levels 5 & 6 advanced. No pre-knowledge in Mandarin is required for HSK1. The vocabulary covered in each level is shown in the chart below:

Level Vocabulary Learning time with ThinkChinese
1 150 18-22 hours
2 300 20-25 hours
3 600 60-75 hours
4 1200 Varies
5 2500 Varies
6 5000 Varies

The HSK1 course will enable you to talk about yourself, job titles, nationalities and transport. You will able be able to describe time, date, weather, and respond in simple shopping scenarios. This series of courses are suitable for adults and secondary school students.

ThinkChinese organizes lessons in small groups (usually 3-6 students) to ensure all students are taken care of. In 2016, 36 students taught by ThinkChinese took the HSK exam in JCG, the first HSK test centre in Jersey. They all passed their desired levels with excellent results, two of whom obtained full mark in HSK1! To date, nearly 200 students sat Chinese proficiency exams in JCG test centre, 6 out of which achieved full marks in HSK Level 1.

Q & A

  • When do I take the exam after my study?

ThinkChinese organizes exams three or four times a year. Generally speaking, by the end of the course there will be an exam available in just a few weeks.

  • Can I proceed to the next level without taking the exam?

Yes, you can. For some students learning is purely out of their interest. Obtaining a certificate may not be on the top of their list of priorities. We believe your level of Mandarin Chinese does not need to be proved by a certificate! However, should you change your mind any time in the future, you can always participate in the exam. In fact, you can still take exams for more advance levels even without certificates for the previous levels.

  • Where I can purchase the HSK textbooks?

For each HSK level, you need to purchase a textbook and a workbook. ThinkChinese provides textbooks and workbooks for all levels. A textbook and a workbook usually cost £35-40.

  • How much is the examination fee?

 The fee for each level is different. The cost for Level 1 is £30. There is a £10 increase for each subsequent level.

  • How much is the tuition fee?

The tuition fee for small groups is £20 per hour session per student. Fees are collected at the beginning of each term.

  • How much self-learning should I expect weekly?

Lessons will be held once a week, which covers one hour tuition. The homework varies based on the level and your motivation. All students are suggested to complete homework in their workbook after each lesson. Generally speaking, for HSK1 students, half an hour homework each week is recommended; for HSK2, it takes about 45min; and for levels above, students should invest 1-1.5hours in homework each week.

– ThinkChinese Limited

Early Bird

HOT OFF THE PRESS – this summer term we are providing a new exciting opportunity for children between 5-8 yrs to learn Chinese through stories, songs, traditions, arts, and poems! Don’t miss it if you are planning to give your children an early language exposure. Didn’t they say Mandarin is the new French?!!

NOTICE: there are a few places available on this course. Please contact our office to sign up if interested. 

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In the news Again!

After weeks of planning, ThinkChinese Summer School is ready to make its debut in August!

This unique programme is the first of its kind in Jersey. Through the five-day culture immersion lessons, children will not only learn the most widely-spoken language in the world, but also interesting aspects of its culture, including physical exercises, arts, theatre and culinary.

Our three dedicated teachers each focuses on one or two lessons aiming to deliver the most unforgettable experience!

For more information about this opportunity, please follow the links below to read more:

Summer School

Click here to read more

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Travel to China with ThinkChinese 2018

ThinkChinese in cooperation with 5 Star Travel China to provide you a special and unique experience visiting China. Our bespoke tour is primarily designed for those who not only wish to visit China for the purpose of sightseeing, but also to experience the culture and interact with the local people.

In the 12 days in China, we will tour you around four distinct major cities in the north, west and the middle of the country. Yangtze River Cruise, one of the highlights of our itinerary, will enable you to embrace the ancient waters and mountains and sceneries along, which all date back to thousands of years ago.

We will also visit Chengdu Orphanage to interact with the children and donate English learning materials on behalf of our loving students and staff members. Wherever we go, ThinkChinese wishes to bring warmth and love to whoever in need.

We hope our travel creates experiences to be remembered in years to come! Click the link below to download the full itinerary:

ThinkChinese 12 Days Yangtze River Cruise China Tour

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Insights on what mandarin means for business shared with BBC Jersey

Mrs Briony Sun, the founder of ThinkChinese was invited by BBC Good Morning Jersey to share her insights on what learning Chinese means to Jersey business and individuals. This is her third time speaking at BBC Radio, followed by the invitation on the Chinese New Year’s Day and her interpreting for the Director of Shanghai Education Bureau with Guernsey BBC.

Mrs Sun mentioned that culture is embedded in the language. Learning Chinese language enables people to appreciate the culture and business practice of one of the world’s largest economy. Knowing the language promotes mutual understanding and therefore assist Jersey in keeping its global outlook.

Mrs Sun also took examples of business etiquette, which is deemed essential in striking good impressions on the potential Chinese business partners.

Our courses on Business Chinese is available and Chinese Business Etiquette will be available early next year. Please contact info@thinkchinese.net or ring 864873 to further details.

The First Mandarin Proficiency Awards Ceremony in Jersey

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The first Mandarin Proficiency Awards Ceremony is held in Jersey in June 2016 at JCG secondary school. This event is to celebrate our first group of 11 candidates, who took part in the Mandarin Proficiency Assessment (HSK1, HSK2) earlier this year. All candidates achieved their desired results through a few months course work. The candidates are at all ages with different background, among which three are students from JCG. Other professional includes people who work in finance, law and medicine.

We are delighted to have the Chief Minister, Ian Gorst, and a few school headteachers to celebrate the achievement with us on the day. All certificates were awarded by the Chief Minister following by a speech from the Owner of ThinkChinese, Briony Sun.

We hope this special day left mark on our students’ study life and becomes one of those to be long remembered.