Blog: Asia Pacific
Visa & Immigration Update: A Guide to China's New Foreign Work Permit Application Process
by Sophia HuEffective Date: 1 April, 2017
Impacted Area: China
China initiated a new program on April 1, 2017 that integrates the Foreigner Employment License and Foreign Expert License into a single Foreign Work Permit. Employers and assignees will now be able to complete and submit the application electronically. SIRVA breaks down the process into a simple guide to help you understand the new procedures and requirements.
|Preliminary||Medical Examination||7-10||Public Hospital||Assignee||
Medical examination should be completed in country of origin.
Alternatively, it can also be done during the look-and-see trip to China.
The medical examination must be valid for six months from the date of issue.
|Legalization of Police Clearance Certificate and Highest Degree Certificate||30-37||Chinese Embassy||Assignee||Time frame is dependent on Chinese Embassy in the country of origin and schools.|
|Pre-Entry||Medical Examination Verification||5-7||Chinese Quarantine Bureau||SIRVA|| All medical documents issued by overseas hospitals have to be delivered to SIRVA China for verification through the local quarantine bureau.
A medical check-up certificate will be issued when all documents are verified.
|Documents Preparation||2-3||Expert Bureau||SIRVA|| SIRVA will prepare documents in Chinese to apply for the Online Notification Letter.
Some documents will be required for endorsements by both employee and company.
|Online Foreign Work Permit Notification Letter Application||5-15||Expert Bureau||SIRVA||SIRVA will submit the application on Expert Bureau website.|
|Notification Letter Counter Submission||5-10||China Counter of Authority||SIRVA||SIRVA will submit the application to the China Country of Authority once the Notification Letter is issued by the Expert Bureau.
A scan copy of the application will be emailed to the employee.
|Z-Visa Application||5-7||Chinese Embassy||Assignee||
Application needs to be completed by employee at the Chinese Embassy of the country of origin.
From the date of issuance of the Z-Visa, employee is given 3 months to enter China and is only permitted a single entry and up to 30 days of stay.
|Upon Arrival||Temporary Residence Registration||1-2||Chinese Police station in the district/service apartment or hotel||Assignee||Registration must be completed within 24 hours upon arrival in China with the Z-Visa.|
|Online Foreign Work Permit Card Application||5-15||Expert Bureau||SIRVA||Done online|
|Foreign Work Permit Counter Submission||5-10||China Counter of Authority||SIRVA||SIRVA will submit the application to the China Counter of Authority|
|Residence Permit Application||8||Public Security Bureau||SIRVA and Assignee||
Sirva will arrange an appointment with the employee to submit the application at the Public Security Bureau together.
Assignee's passport must be surrendered to the Public Security Bureau for 8 working days. During this time, assignee is restricted to only travel within China with a travel slip issued by the authority.
For more information, please reach out to our SIRVA Immigration Specialists in China:
Beijing - Assalli Xu | T
Shanghai - Ada Su | T
China - Sophia Hu | T