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Online CBA: How Should a Foreigner Apply for a China Work Permit?

Photo: Foreigners applying to work in China
Photo: Foreigners applying to work in China

Q: How should a foreigner apply for a China work permit?

A: As of 1 April 2017, China standardised the application procedure for work permits for foreigners. In line with this, any foreigner wishing to come to China to work must first obtain the Notification Letter of Foreigner’s Work Permit and the Foreigner’s Work Permit card from the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs. An application can then be made to the visa office for a visa and residence permit.

Under the terms of the new points-based work permit system, all foreigners applying to work in China are divided into one of three categories – High-level Talent (Category A: no quota), Professional Personnel (Category B: number to be determined by market demand) and Other Foreigners (Category C: number subject to regulations relevant to the particular sector). Individual applicants are assigned to a particular category using the points system outlined in the Classification Criteria for Foreigners Working in China.

Further details regarding the limits on numbers related to the specific categories and the overall application procedures (Chinese) can be found on the Service System for Foreigners Working in China section of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs website.

For further details (Chinese), please refer to the following:

Circular of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Public Security on the Full Implementation of the Work Permit System for Foreigners Working in China

Classification Criteria for Foreigners Working in China (Trial Implementation)

Work Permit Services Guidelines for Foreigners Working in China (Provisional)

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