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Work Visa

I. Obtaining Work Visa
Work visa is officially known as Z-visa in China.  To obtain a Z-visa, submit the following items to the China Embassy or Consulate:
1. Valid passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity and with at least one blank page for the visa, as well as a copy of its information page
2. Visa Application Form of the People’s Republic of China (Zhong Hua Ren Min Gong He Guo Qian Zheng Shen Qing Biao, 《中华人民共和国签证申请表》)
3. Supplementary Visa Application Form of the People’s Republic of China (Zhong Hua Ren Min Gong He Guo Qian Zheng Shen Qing Biao Fu Biao, 《中华人民共和国签证申请表附表》)
4. Recent, positive, and bareheaded 2x2 inch photo of the applicant,
5. Alien Employment License of the People’s Republic of China (Zhong Hua Ren Min Gong He Guo Wai Guo Ren Jiu Ye Xu Ke Zheng Shu, 《中华人民共和国外国人就业许可证书》, hereinafter as “Alien Employment License”), or Foreign Expert’s License (Wai Guo Zhuan Jia Zheng, 《中华人民共和国外国专家证》)
6. Other documents upon the official’s request, and
7. Fees (upon receiving the visa). 
Notice:
1. Items listed above can be submitted by the applicant, or by an agent assigned by the applicant.  The applicant is under the obligation to answer the official’s questions (if they have any). 
2. Alien Employment License or Foreign Expert’s License shall be applied by the employer first, and then provided to the China Embassy/Consulate 

 


II. Obtaining Residency
Z-visa holders whose stay in China for less than a year shall apply for Temporary Residence Permit (Lin Shi Ju Liu Zheng, 《临时居留证》); if a Z-visa holder plans to stay in China for a year or more, he/she shall apply for Residence Permit (Ju Liu Zheng, 《居留证》). 
To acquire either residency, the visa holder shall first register and apply for an Alien Employment Permit (Lao Dong Xu Ke Zheng, 《劳动许可证》) at the Bureau of Human Resources and Social Security (Ren Li Zi Yuan Yu She Hui Bao Zhang Ju, 人力资源与社会保障局) within 15 days upon immigration by submitting the following items:
1. Employment Registration of Foreign Workers in China (Wai Guo Ren Jiu Ye Deng Ji Biao, 《外国人就业登记表》),
2. Alien Employment License of the People’s Republic of China,
3. Valid passport attached with Z-visa,
4. Labor contract signed by both the applicant and the employer, and
5. 1-inch photo of the applicant. 
Notice:
1. The Alien Employment Permit is valid only within the district of its issuing Bureau of Human Resource and Social Security. 
2. The validity of Alien Employment Permit should determine the validity of Residence Permit. 
3. Alien Employment Permit shall be checked by the issuing Bureau of Human Resources and Social Security annually. 
4. The employer and position prescribed in the Alien Employment Permit shall be identical with the actual employer/employment; the applicant shall apply for a new Alien Employment Permit if his/her employer or position changes. 
Having obtained the Alien Employment Permit, the visa holder shall go to the Public Security Bureau (Gong An Ju, 公安局) at the local municipal or county level within 30 days upon immigration, answer the official’s questions, and submit the following items:
1. Valid passport attached with Z-visa,
2. Alien Employment Permit,
3. Application form for residency;
4. Health certificate, and
5. 2-inch photo. 

 


III. Validity of the Visa and Residency
Z-visa is valid for one entry, three months.  If the holder does not enter China within 90 days, the visa shall expire.  The visa provides an indefinite period of stay for its holder.  The holder can stay in China as long as possible on condition that his/her Alien Employment Permit remains valid. 
The validity of Temporary Residence Permit ranges from 6 months to 1 year, and the validity of Residence Permit is 1 year to 5 years.  However, any person suffering from a mental disorder, leprosy, AIDS, venereal diseases, contagious tuberculosis or other such infectious diseases shall be ordered to leave China.

 


IV. Termination of Position
As aforesaid, a Z-visa provides an indefinite stay that is limited by the holder’s Alien Employment Permit, which loses legal effect upon unemployment.  Therefore, if the visa holder’s labor contract with the employer expires or is terminated, the former employer shall, in time, contact local Public Security Bureau, which shall arrange the visa holder to depart.  The visa holder shall leave China upon request. 
If the visa holder and the employer agree to renew their labor contract, they should first renew the contract.  Then the employer shall apply for renewal of the Alien Employment License at least 30 days before the original one expires.  The visa holder shall submit Registration of Employment of Foreign Workers in China again and apply for change of Alien Employment Permit within 10 days upon the approval of renewing Alien Employment License.  The visa holder can stay in China until the renewed Alien Employment Permit expires.

 


V. Changing Employment Position
The visa holder’s position can be changed due to accepting a new position offered by the same employer, or accepting a new position offered by a different employer, which may or may not be located in the same district. 
If the visa holder’s position is changed due to accepting a new position offered by the same employer, the visa holder shall sign a new labor contract with the employer.  The employer shall apply for change of the Alien Employment License, and the visa holder shall submit Registration of Employment of Foreign Workers in China again and apply for changes of Alien Employment Permit. 
If the visa holder’s position is changed due to accepting a new position offered by a new employer that is located in the same district, the visa holder shall sign a new labor contract with the new employer.  The new employer shall apply for a new Alien Employment License, and the visa holder shall submit Registration of Employment of Foreign Workers in China again and apply for changes of Alien Employment Permit at the original authorities. 
If the visa holder’s position is changed due to accepting a new position offered by a new employer that is located in a different district, the visa holder shall sign a new labor contract with the new employer.  The new employer shall apply for a new Alien Employment License, and the visa holder shall submit Registration of Employment of Foreign Workers in China again and apply for a new Alien Employment Permit at bureaus that have authority in the region where the new employer is located. 

 

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