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How to get work permit and visa in SHANGHAI legally

How to work in SHANGHAI legally
Essential condition of Alien employee

First, Chinese government welcomes those foreign investors, high-level administrators and technical staff to work in china. And the normal vacancies don’t offer to alien. So the alien who intend to work here shall have more than 2 years relevant work experience and relevant educational background.  

Second, the alien shall match the normal requirement of employment in law, such as 1) 18-60 age for male and 18-55 age for female; 2) be in good health; 3) No criminal record; 4) employer is definitive4) Passport is valid.

The procedures of applying for work in china

1. Before the employee entering china, the employer should apply for Employment License first in municipal Labor and Social Security Bureau Reception Center of Employment Affairs of Foreigners.  5 work days /no charge

2. The employer shall apply a letter of Z visa notification go through formalities. 3work days/20

3. The employer shall mail the document above and original Employment License to the employee oversea.

4. The employee shall apply forthwith for Z vise at Chinese embassy/consulate/Vise office in Employee’ nation with a letter of Z visa notification and original Employment License, and other required document of government within 30 days from date of the letter issue.

5. After entering China with Z Visa, the employee shall make Physical examination at Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau.   4 work days /702/fluctuate

6. If passing the Physical examination, the employer shall apply for the Employment Permit.

3 work days/ no charge

7. Registrant temporary residence in Police Station where the employee Resident.

8. Finally the foreigner shall go through formalities for the residence permit at Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau within 30 days from date of entrance.  5 work days/400

Legal Ground


  (Promulgated jointly by the Ministry of Labor, Ministry of public SecurityMinistry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation of the People's Republic of China on 22 January 1996)

Kindly Notes:

1. Employer shall apply a transaction card from municipal Labor and Social Security Bureau Reception Center of Employment Affairs of Foreigners in advance. And any action of employment shall run with the card.

2. Normally the government only approves the Foreigner as a senior manager.

3. Employee shall apply Residence permit within 30 days from date of entrance, or the employee have to departure and entrance again.

Documents required for Employment License

1. Application form for foreigners’ employment in China.

2. Copy of business license AND registration certificate, copy of code certificate, copy of certificate of approval (for those foreign-invested companies only).

3. Complete resume of the applicant which shall write in Chinese and sealed by employer. And the resume should match requirement of Chinese government.

4. The credentials or qualifications of the applicant required by the performance of the job (which could be reference letters or diplomas).

5. Copy of passport.

Documents required for applingredients Letter of Z visa

Copy of registration certificate (sealed by employer).

Original of Employment License and Copy of Employment License pros and cons.

Fill in the Application form on lineprint and sealed by employer.

Copy of passport.

Documents required for Physical verification

1. A valid original passport or travel document, and photocopies of the photo-page, expiry-date-page and info.-update-page of your passport or travel document

2. Four recent 2-inch photos (full face without hat)

3. Copy of company’s registration certificate

4. Original physical examination records issued by overseas medical institutions(done within last 6 months).

Documents required for Employment Permit

1. Two employment registration forms for foreign employees in China.

2. Original alien employment license .

3. Copy of employment contract. if the employer is representive, shall provide original of representive cetificate and copy.

4. A valid original passport or travel document, and copies of the photo-page, expiry-date-page , info.-update-page of your passport and number of passport or travel document (visa included).

5. Copy of health certificate.

6. Three recent 2-inch photos (full face without hat)

Documents required for Residence Permit

1. Submitting the Foreigner Visa and Residence Permit Application Form completely filled up and one recent 2-inch half-length, bareheaded and full-faced photograph;

2. The original of the certificate of check-in in Shanghai (issued by the hotel or the police substation of the area where the lodging takes place);

3. The originals of the valid passport and visa;

4. The original of the Health Certificate issued by Shanghai health quarantine department;

5. The official letter of application of the unit;

6. The original and the copy of the Certificate of Approval of Enterprise, the Duplicate of Business License or the Representative Agency Registration Certificate and the organization code;

  7. Persons from the general manager down (or F-type persons holding the Shanghai Residence Card B) should submit the originals of the Employment Credential and the Employment Registration Form; the vice president should submit the original of the Identity Confirmation Certificate issued by Shanghai Foreign Economic Relations and Trade Commission; the foreign expert should submit the original of the Expert Certificate; the resident correspondent should submit the original of the Press Card; the person engaged in commercialized theatrical performance needs to submit the originals of the official document approving the performance by the Ministry of Culture or Shanghai Cultural Bureau and the Performance Credential issued by Shanghai Cultural Bureau; the person engaged in offshore petroleum operations should submit the Work Permit for Foreign Personnel Engaged in the Offshore Petroleum Operations.

* The form(s) must be filled in Chinese.

** If the applicant provides any document written in foreign languages, a Chinese version (printed and chopped by employer) is required as an attachment to the original one.

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