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This opportunity is now closed and will re-open next year.

Apply to become an Entry Clearance Officer.

Gain work experience with the UK government while living in Beijing, China.

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) is recruiting staff to work at the British Embassy in Beijing from 2 March 2020 on fixed-term six-month contracts.

They need Entry Clearance Officers to assess and make decisions on applications for visas to the United Kingdom. 

If you are offered a position, you will also need to attend a one-week training course in Beijing before starting work.

Why should I go?

Apart from gaining experience working for the UK government while living in China, you will be able to improve your language skills and engage in a diverse, international working culture.

You will receive a competitive package including a net monthly salary of 14,072 Chinese RMB (approximately £1,618) paid at the end of each month, with 5% bonus paid on completion of the full contract, 22 days' pro-rata annual leave and an insurance plan.

You will need to pay for your flight, accommodation and other living costs while you are in China. However, you will receive information and guidance on finding suitable accommodation in Beijing. 

Once you begin, you will be reimbursed for the cost of your Chinese visa application. If you need to complete the Entry Clearance Officer course, your salary will also cover the duration of this. 

Am I eligible?

You are eligible if you:

  • are a British national, UK passport holder or spouse / partner from Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada holding a ‘W’ (diplomatic) visa
  • are available to work in China from March 2020
  • have been in the UK for at least two out of the last five years (for diplomatic spouses / partners, this may not apply). This is for security clearance purposes.

How do I apply?

Visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's job application page, where you will find full details of this opportunity and instructions to complete the online application.

You should also refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework to assist with completing your application.

The deadline was 23 September 2019. This opportunity is now closed for this year.

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