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The employee will go for a medical examination at an authorized hospital either inside or outside China. They will need a medical report signed by their doctor and stamped with the hospitals seal. Some cities, such as Beijing, also require foreign employees to have a non-criminal record check attested by Chinese authorities.

The medical report will be attached to an employment licence application, which is often submitted by the Chinese employer to their local Labour Bureau.

After an employment licence is approved and granted, the company requests a Z Visa invitation from their local Foreign Economic and Trade Commission. These are then forwarded to the employee who applies for a Z Visa at the Chinese embassy or consulate in their home country.

After the employee arrives in China, they need to apply for a work permit at their local Labour Bureau.

It should be noted that in cities such as Shanghai foreign nationals can have their medical examination after they get their Z Visa and work permit.


Required Documents[edit]

  • Two employment registration forms for foreign employees in China.
  • Original alien employment license.
  • Copy of employment contract. if the employer is representative, shall provide original of representative certificate and copy.
  • 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).
  • Copy of health certificate.
  • Three recent 2-inch photos (full face without hat)

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

People's Republic of China Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security
Mailing Address: Dongcheng District in East peace on the 3rd number (Eastern Hospital) in Dongcheng District Peace Street 12 (West House)
Zip: 100013 (Eastern Hospital) 100 716 (West House)
The main traffic routes: Take Metro Line 5, Exit C peace in the North that is to walk or ride in Andingmen 125 bus to peace in the street to get off (West House); By bus: 116,62,117 , 674,13,406,684 peace in the intersection that is to get off and walk south (Eastern Hospital).

People's Republic of China Ministry of Public Security
Address: No. 14 East Chang An Avenue,
Beijing Zip: 100741
Contacts for Municipal Public Security Bureaus of China

Chinese Missions Overseas



Chinese government welcomes those foreign investors, high-level administrators and technical staff to work in china. And the normal vacancies are not offered to foreigners. So the foreigners who intend to work here shall have more than 2 years relevant work experience and relevant educational background.


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Foreigners 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) definitive employer?4) Valid passport.

Each case is unique and there are differences between each citys immigration and labour processes. There are, however, a few standard requirements expat employees will likely have to fulfill:

  • They will need to obtain a Z visa prior to arriving
  • The work permit application has to be sponsored by a locally registered company in China
  • They need to live and work in the same location as their sponsoring company
  • A medical examination will be required

Required Information[edit]

  • Full name of employer
  • Business address
  • Name in Chinese
  • Nationality
  • Date and place of birth
  • Type of passport
  • Passport No
  • Position
  • Education
  • Marital Status
  • Whether you have worked in China before
  • The previous profession before coming to China
  • Name of the Employer
  • Contact
  • Applied by


Need for the Document[edit]

After entering the country with their Z Visa, expats should apply for work and residence permits for China as soon as possible after they arrive. This is especially important given that, under regulations that took effect in September 2013, the processing period for permits alone can take up to 15 days and interviews may be required.

Information which might help[edit]

Foreigners having no need to apply for an employment license and employment permit;

  • foreign professional technical and management personnel invited directly by Chinese government or foreign professional technical and management personnel invited by the state organs and institutions, with senior technical titles or special skills qualification certificates confirmed by the domestic or international authoritative technical management departments or trade associations, holding the foreign experts certificate issued by the administration of foreign experts affairs of foreigners;
  • foreign labor service personnel with special skills, engaged in offshore oil operations with no need to land, and holding the work pass of foreigners in the Peoples Republic of China engaged in offshore oil operations;
  • foreigners who give commercial artistic performances approved by the Ministry of Culture with a temporary business performance license.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

The employee who received his/her Employment Permit shall, within 30 days after his/her entry into China, apply for the residence certificate with the public security organs bringing with the Original of Employment Permit. The term of validity of the residence certificate may be determined in accordance with the term of validity of the Employment Permit.

External Links[edit]

Work in China

State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs

People's Republic of China Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security

Rules for the Administration of Employment of Foreigners in China


  • 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
  • The employer shall apply a letter of Z visa notification go through formalities. 3work days/?20
  • The employer shall mail the document above and original Employment License to the employee oversea.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • If passing the Physical examination, the employer shall apply for the Employment Permit. 3 work days/ no charge
  • Registrant temporary residence in Police Station where the employee Resident.
  • 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