Looking to live and work in China? Well, there’s no denying that there are a lot of great career opportunities. Last year, around 13.51 million
people in urban China gained employment.
If you've ever traveled abroad, you'll be familiar with the visa procedure, and if you've ever worked abroad, then you know all about the work visa too. Similarly, foreigners have to secure a work visa before they can start working in China.
However, just like every other country, China has its own unique set of requirements that you need to fulfill before you can start working in China.
From the documents required to employment permit and temporary residence permit, there’s a lot of things to cover so let’s get started!
Important Documents for Chinese Work Visa
In total, there are three documents that are pertinent to your visa application. These documents are quite easy to mix up so it’s important to understand the purpose of each of these.
The Work Permit
First things first, the work permit is officially known as an Alien Employment Permit which is a document the government holds. This document is legal proof of your employment and wages. Keep in mind that this is not your visa, but you’ll need it to apply for the Z Visa.
The Z Visa
China has classified its visa types based on different alphabets and Z visa is the one that you need if you plan on working in China. The Z visa allows you entry in China but once you enter, you’ll trade it for a residence permit.
Holders of the Z visa should keep in mind that they have to enter within 90 days after the visa has been issued. After you arrive, you’ll be given a Residence Permit to replace the Z visa which means you get multiple entries every year.
The Temporary Residence Permit
We've mentioned the residence permit and this is the document that matters the most. You'll need the residence permit to live in China as well as enter it multiple times. However, your residence permit isn't connected to your employment or your payment.
It’s pretty much like a visa since it’s attached to your passport (and even looks just like the actual thing). And there you have it. Before you can enter, you’ll need to apply for the Z Visa and once you get it, you’ll move to China and secure your TRP.
At Business China
, we help out foreigners seeking employment and business opportunities in China. Whether you’re looking to open a company in China or seeking employment, we can help out! To learn more about how to apply for a Chinese work visa
, get in touch with us