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A Guide to Obtaining a Work Visa in China

Recently, China has implemented a more active, open and effective foreign talent policy. It has simplified the application process, allowing for the majority to be done online. For those employers intending to hire foreigners in China, it is important to comply with the local laws and regulations regarding expatriates. For instance, employers must be legally established and must have the necessary certifications from the appropriate industry administration.


Foreigners applying for a work visa in China should also match the basic requirements. The applicant must:

Be over 18 and in good health;

Have the professional skills and corresponding work experience to fill the relevant vacancy;

Have no criminal record;

Have a specific employer;

Hold a valid passport and/or any other required international travel certificates.


According to the Exit and Entry Administration Law of China, foreigners who want to work in China should obtain a work permit and a work-type residence permit. Below is the general application procedure:

Apply online from outside China for a Foreigners Work Permit Notice;

Apply for a Z-Class Visa at a Chinese embassy or consulate;

Turn in Work Permit Notice and Visa Application;

Receive the Visa and Get on the Plane to China;

Temporary Registration with Police;

Medical Verification;

Acquiring the Work Permit;

Acquiring the Resident Permit.


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