If you are looking to work in China, you must be well aware of the importance of Chinese work visa, and the difficult process of getting it. Haida HR, a leading Hangzhou-based recruitment company in China, brings you a concise guide to obtain Chinese Work Visa (Z-Visa).
Chinese work visa (also known as Z-Visa) is issued to foreigners who are going to China for a paid job offer, or to undertake commercial entertainment performances in China.
The Z-Visa itself allows a stay duration of only 30 days from the date of arrival in China. During this period, you and your employer must seek a Temporary Residence Permit for the duration of your contract. This ranges from a minimum of 90 days to a maximum of 5 years. Note that the Chinese work visa allows a single entry, with the duration of stay marked as ‘000’. This means that the duration is to be determined by the Temporary Residence Permit after you enter China.
Yes, there is. The age limit is 18 to 60 years for all applicants. In case you need some flexibility, you must convey the same to your employer, suggests Haida HR.
According to Haida HR Hangzhou, applicants might also be required to submit supporting documents on a case-by-case basis. This could include anything from a medical form to a criminal history check.
Taking a medical check is mandatory while applying for the Temporary Residence Permit in China, even if you are not required to submit the medical form. You can download Physical Examination Record for Foreigner to check the tests you need to go through.
There are a number of ways you can apply for Chinese Z-Visa. You can go to the Chinese embassy in person for application, or you can have a travel agency or visa agency to act on your behalf. Please note that mailed applications are not acceptable. If there are Chinese Visa Application Centers (CVASC) in your country, you can also go there to submit your visa application, suggests Haida HR Hangzhou.
The fee for Chinese Z-Visa is the same as the fee for other types of Chinese visa. The table below specifies the fee for the citizens of the US, UK, Canada, and Australia:
|US Citizens||UK Citizens||Canadian Citizens||Australian Citizens|
|USD 140||GBP 151||CAD 142||AUD 109.5|
According to Haida Hangzhou, it usually takes about four working days to process a Z-Visa application. However, there are faster options available too. An additional US$ 30 is charged for one-day processing and US$ 20 for two-day processing.