China Work Visa Information
As one of the most evolving countries in the world, China
offers numerous employment opportunities for skilled professionals in a
wide variety of markets. In order to legally work in this growing
giant, one must obtain a China work visa.
The China Work Visa, also called as Z Visa, is a type of visa
given to foreigners who would like to stay in China for employment,
commercial performance, academic exchanges, etc. It can be issued with
one entry with a period of 3 months. It doesn't impose any duration of
stay in the said country for it needs to be determined by the law. The
person must go in China within the legitimacy of the visa. For the
first 30 days of stay, the person must process his or her residence
permit issued by the local public security authority. The residence
permit's validity depends on the holder's stay in China. This residence
permit will also allow a person to enter and exit the country during
the validity of the visa.
China Work Visa FAQ
What are the requirements for a Chinese work visa?
Besides the documents required for all Chinese visas
, those who are applying for a work visa also need to submit one of the following documents.
When is the best time to begin the visa application process?
- The original and a photocopy of an Invitation Letter by a Duly Authorized Unit;
- OR a Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by an authorized Chinese agency;
- AND one of the following documents:
- Foreigner Employment Permit issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of China;
- Foreign Expert Confirmation Document issued by State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs of China;
- Letter of Invitation to Foreigners for Offshore Petroleum
Operations in the People's Republic of Chinaissued by China National
Offshore Oil Corporation;
- Registration Certificate of Foreign Enterprises' Permanent
Representative Offices in China issued by the State Administration for
Industry and Commerce, or the approval document for the permanent
representative offices of foreign enterprises issued by related
- Approval document issued by the Ministry of Culture for those who come to Chinafor commercial performances.
- nvitation Letter by a Duly Authorized Unit or a Confirmation Letter
of Invitation issued by the Foreign Affairs Office of a province
(autonomous region, city).
A person should submit an application for a work visa at least one
month prior to departure. While processing takes only a few days, this
will provide ample time in case more documents are requested.
How long does it take to process the visa application?
The regular processing time for visa application is 4 working
days. However, express service (2-3 days) and same day serve are
available when required. There are additional fees for these services.
If I bring along my family, what necessary process do I need to undergo?
A person, who wishes to bring his or her family to China for the
duration of employment must present evidence of affinity such as a
birth certificate, marriage certificate, etc. The family members do not
need to provide a work permit for the visa application.
Is there a need to get any vaccinations before going to China?
Not necessarily. Indeed, there was a time that China has been affected
by contagious disease such as SARS; that's why people tend to be
cautious in terms of their health condition. However, a person can
always consult a doctor for any recommendations.
What is the visa fee?
The application fee is $140 for routine service. This can be
paid by Visa, MasterCard, Money Order, Cashier's Check or Company
Check. Cash or Personal checks are not acceptable. Payment should be
made to the Chinese Embassy.
What is the validity of the Z visa?
A Z visa is valid for only one entry within 3 months from the
visa's issuance date. Once you arrive in China, you must go through
residential formalities in the local public security department within
thirty days of entry.
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