How to Get a Work Visa for China

China Work Visa

China Work Visa

China is becoming an attractive place to work for foreigners.  I think the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 really gave a good boost to this country in terms of exposure and opportunities.

If you’re interested in coming to China to work, I’ll explain, on a high level, the steps to do that below.

An Employment Visa (Z Visa) is issued to an foreigner who comes to China for a post or employment, and his/her accompanying family members.

The visa is valid for the duration of stay in China. You normally have to have 1 entry in China within 90 days of getting the work visa issued to you by the consulate.

For excellent, detailed information on the China Work Visa, check out TravelChinaGuide.

To view more Chinese visas, click here.

Get a job

Get a job offer from a company in China.

Get work permits

You will need to work with your employer to get several documents from the relevant authorities in China. Check your consulate’s website to find exactly what documents they require. Two of the most important documents are as follows:

Find your consulate

Each consulate might require slightly different documents to apply for the visa. First, go to the website of the consulate that is responsible for your jurisdiction.

Find the visa page

Once at the homepage of your consulate, you will see a link somewhere on the homepage that says “Visas” or “Consular Information.” Click on the link.

Find your visa type

Continue to follow the links to find the information on the visa. You will normally see a link that either says “How to Apply for a Visa” or “How to Apply” or, simply, “Work Visa.” Gather the required documents.

Submit documents and fees

Find out what fees you need to pay for the visa. The fees will be listed on your consulate website.

The consulates enable expedited processing of visas if you pay an additional fee.

Submit your documents and the fees to the consulate.

Receive your visa

Congratulations! After a period of waiting, the Chinese Consulate/Embassy will give to you your brand new Chinese visa.

China FAQ

Frequently asked questions on visas for China are answered here at the China Embassy website.

Vaccination information

Don’t get sick! Check vaccination requirements here at the CDC.

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