What are the Requirements and Steps to Apply for a Working Visa in China?

If you need to hire a foreigner who wants to work in China, he or she must obtain a work permit and a residence permit (collectively called “work visa”) before legally work in China. 

These are the basic requirements to apply for the work visa:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Hold a valid passport
  • Have the professional skills and work experience to fill the relevant vacancy

The processing steps are:

  • Collect the documents
  • Review the documents
  • Apply for the work permit
  • Apply for the residence permit

Documents that the applicant needs to provide:

  • Original passport with at least 6 months of validity
  • Copy of no criminal record 
  • Copy of academic certificate
  • Copy of work qualification certificate, original reference letter from the previous company to prove you have 2 years full-time working experience (after graduation) in your current industry and position
  • Copy of health certificate
  • Recent applicant’s 2-inch photo
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