China Work Visa

China is a major economic power in Asia and the world. If you are interested in exploring the pathways to China and want to work in China by migrating there on a work visa, we are here to give you direction.

Why work in China?

Let’s check out why obtaining a work visa in China is recommended for you as a skilled professional. Here’s why you must go for a China work visa.

  • China has great spots to visit. The major attractions include the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Army in Xi’an.
  • China has world-class cities in Beijing and Shangai, where you can access ideal living and working spaces.
  • China has a booming economy and hence has numerous job opportunities for those who arrive there on a work visa.
  • Though the cost of living varies from place to place in China, you will always find the right place that you can afford and work from.
  • There are lots of opportunities in jobs like teaching, marketing, etc.
  • China is highly safe to live in and constant surveillance is the reason this could be attributed to.
  • Chinese people are genuinely nice, kind people. They won’t hesitate to help you partake in their customs, celebrations, and general way of life.
  • You can learn the Chinese language mostly by interacting with the native people.
  • You will get to enjoy Chinese cuisine. International food is also available in plenty in major cities which fall under the first-tier category.
  • There’s a mobile app for everything in China.
  • Internet connectivity is high quality and data plans are inexpensive.

Z visa – The work visa in China

Z visa is the only legal way a foreigner can arrive and work in Mainland China. If you want to get a Z visa, you must be hired by a licensed company in China. The first Z visa that you receive will be issued as a single-entry visa. The validity of the visa is 30 days.

Once you enter China on this work visa, you will proceed to apply for a temporary residence permit with the help of your employer. The application will be submitted at the Public Security Bureau.

This temporary residence visa will be your new visa. This will be a multi-entry visa. The validity of the visa will be the same as that of the work contract with your Chinese employer.

How to apply for a work visa in China?

Here are the steps to apply for a Z visa.

Step 1: Preparation of necessary documents

As with any Chinese Visa type, there are specific requirements to be met while submitting your application.

Application for the Work Visa needs many supporting documents to be attached to it. The submission of the supporting documents will have to be completed either before the day of application (to get a foreigner China work permit) or post your arrival in China to receive the temporary residence permit.

Basic requirements for the day of China work permit application

  • A valid passport with a minimum of 6 months of validity and atleast 1 empty visa page.
  • Photocopies of the main-information page of the passport, and other pages with any previous entry-stamps or Chinese visas in them.
  • 2 recent passport-style photos
  • Any one of the following:
    • Certificate of Registration of Resident Representative Offices of enterprises of foreign countries
    • Foreigners work permit
    • Invitation letter to foreigners for offshore petroleum operations
    • An approval document for commercial performances
  • A filled-out application form for a China visa (downloadable from the website of the Chinese embassy). The form has to be filled in full in advance (printed or typed). No fields in the form must be left empty (wherever not applicable, type “n/a”).

Supporting documents required

  • Before you even try to apply for a work visa, you must complete all interviews as well as arrangements with your prospective employer in China. The employer is required to have a license for foreigners in China and must be able to provide it.
  • You must have a contract signed with the employer, with details of your job’s scope, accommodation, salary, and work location, as well as other considerations.
  • A certificate of physical (health) examination record issued by a specific clinic/hospital with the approval of the Chinese Consulates.
  • A background check certificate proving your non-criminal history, as obtained from the local government/authority. The Chinese embassy must notarize it too.
  • Diplomas of higher education and transcripts (that may require to be notarized).
  • An updated resume (CV).
  • The requirement for many other documents like industry-specific licenses or certificates could arise. It depends on the job you are applying for. Most likely, your employer will notify you.

After providing all of the aforementioned things, you will in utmost probability be able to get a notice of work permit that you will receive from your prospective employer.

Then, the next move for you is to apply for a work visa. The documents we talked about may also have to be shown on the day of application, and post-arrival in China. This is necessary to get the Temporary Residence Permit.

Hence, you must make high-quality photocopies of each document/form involved in the process. You may require them more than once.

Step 2: Application submission

After gathering all your documents, you have to go to the nearest Chinese consulate, embassy, or Chinese VASC (Visa Application Service Center).

It’s most recommended to submit in person rather than sending an agent. This is because consular officers may possibly proceed to enquire about the trip. Some nationals must arrive in person to submit biometric data during the application.

Step 3: Wait, collect and make payment

Once you have successfully submitted all your requirements, chances are that your visa is most likely to be on the way! You will need to leave your passport at the embassy/consulate. You will have to pick it up on the date assigned (generally within a week), depending on the processing service type you use.

On the pickup date, it will be usually necessary to go to the location where you applied to collect your passport containing the Z Visa.

How Y-Axis can help you

Y-Axis guides/counsels you with getting a work visa in China and working in China obtaining a Z visa.

How early should I apply for a China work visa or any other Chinese visa?

It’s best if you submit the application 1-2 months in advance of the date you have planned to enter China. You mustn’t apply too early too as it may lead to the expiry of the visa on your actual travel date.

However, if you apply on a date very close to your planned travel date to China, you might have to postpone your trip owing to an untoward delay in processing the visa.

Can I enter China as soon as I get a visa?

Once you get a visa, you should be able to get into China via a port that gives access to foreign citizens. But it’s up to the discretion of the border authority whether or not you can enter China with a visa.

Must I attend interviews and give fingerprints to apply for a Chinese visa?

Consular officers may interview applicants as necessity arises. As per Chinese laws and regulations, the authorities collect 10 fingerprints of every applicant at the visa center or consulate-general/embassy.

But the following applicants can be exempted:

  • Individuals under the age of 14 or above the age of 70
  • Individuals with injuries on all ten-fingers or other situations in which it’s impossible to collect

Also, some applicants of diplomatic service and courtesy visas are also given exemption from the requirement of biometric submission.

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