Service Guide for Foreigners’ Work Permit in China (Trial) English Version

Service Guide for Foreigners´ Work Permit in China (Trial) 外国人来华工作许可服务指南(暂行) was officially issued by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs of China 国家外国专家局(In 2018, It was re-established as the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People´s Republic of China 中华人民共和国科学技术部) on March 29, 2017

But there is only the Chinese version, here we will translate it into English, hope it will help you to better understand the specific content.

Service Guide for Foreigners´ Work Permit in China (Trial)

Release date: March 29, 2017

Implementation date: April 1, 2017

Issued by: State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs

I, Scope of Application

This Guide is applicable to the handling of applications for work permits from foreigners employed by employers within the People’s Republic of China, and the subjects for examination and approval are the foreigners and the employers employing the foreigners.

II, Type of Examination of Matters

Examination before approval.

III, Basis of Handling

(I) Administrative License Law of the People’s Republic of China.

(II) Article 41 of the Exit and Entry Administration Law of the People’s Republic of China stipulates: Foreigners who work in China shall obtain work permits and work-type residence permits in accordance with regulations. No entities or individuals shall employ foreigners who have no work permit or work-type residence permit.

(III) Article 7 of the Regulation of the People’s Republic of China on the Administration of the Entry and Exit of Foreigners stipulates: To apply for an R visa, one must satisfy the conditions or requirements determined by the competent authority of the Chinese Government for the recruitment of foreign professionals who are highly skilled or whose skills are urgently needed, and the relevant certificates shall be submitted in accordance with provisions. To apply for a Z visa, a work permit and other relevant certificates shall be submitted in accordance with provisions.

Article 16 stipulates: To apply for a work-type residence permit, one must submit such certification documents as a work permit; in the case of a high-level talent who is needed, or a professional whose skills are urgently needed, by the State, one must submit relevant certification documents in accordance with relevant provisions;

(IV) Letter of Opinions on the Integration of Work Permits for Foreigners by the Office for Administrative Examination and Approval System Reform under the State Council (2015 No. 95).

IV. Acceptance Authorities

Administrative departments for foreigners working in China of provincial-level people’s governments and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, and their legally authorized local people’s government administrative departments for foreigners working in China, or their entrusted agencies.


V. Decision-Making Authorities

Administrative departments for foreigners working in China of provincial-level people’s governments and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, and their legally authorized local people’s government administrative departments for foreigners working in China.

VI. Quantitative Limits

Foreign high-end talents (Category A) are not subject to a quantitative limit; foreign professionals (Category B) are limited according to market demand; and for ordinary foreign personnel (Category C), limits are imposed in accordance with relevant provisions, details of which may be queried using the Service System for Foreigners Working in China.

VII, Application criteria

(I) Basic requirements for employers

  1. The employer shall comply with the law and have no serious illegal record of dereliction of duty; the employment of foreigners shall be for special needs with a lack of appropriate Chinese candidates and without violating relevant provisions; the income for those foreigners shall not be lower than the local minimum wage.
  2. The provisions mentioned that the applicants who needed to be reviewed and approved by the competent industry authorities shall be ratified.

(II) Basic requirements

  1. Applicants shall be at least 18 years of age, in good health, and without a criminal record, have a definite legal employer in China, and possess the professional skills necessary to perform their work or a suitable academic degree.
  2. Where the applicant is a professional whose skills are urgently needed domestically, the work engaged in shall conform to the requirements of China’s economic and social development.
  3. Where laws and regulations provide otherwise in regards to foreigners working in China, such provisions shall be followed.

(III) Foreign high-end talents (Category A)

Foreign high-end talents refers to scientists, leading S&T talents, international entrepreneurs, talents with specialized expertise, and other high-level, elite, cutting-edge, and in-demand foreign high-end talents urgently needed for China’s economic and social development, in conformity with the “high-level, elite, cutting-edge, in-demand” (“高精尖缺”) and market demand-based orientation, who meet the points-based criteria for foreign high-end talents. Age and work experience restrictions may be waived for foreign high-end talents.


(IV) Foreign professionals (Category B)

Foreign professionals refers to those who meet the requirements of the guidance catalog for foreigners working in China and of job positions, and who meet the points-based criteria for foreign professionals. They shall not be over 60 years of age, and shall have a bachelor’s or higher degree and at least two years of relevant work experience; where there is a real need, age, academic degree, and work experience limitations may be relaxed appropriately.


(V) Ordinary foreign personnel (Category C)

Ordinary foreign personnel refers to those who satisfy the domestic labor market demands, and who are engaged in temporary, seasonal, unskilled, or service work that complies with the provisions of national policies.


(VI) Approval is granted where the following conditions apply

  1. It falls within the purview of administrative departments for foreigners working in China;
  2. The application materials are true and complete and meet requirements;
  3. The aforementioned requirements for foreigners working in China are met.


(VII) Approval is not granted where any one of the following circumstances applies

  1. The application materials are incomplete;
  2. The application materials do not meet the requirements;
  3. The application materials are false;
  4. The applicant does not meet the requirements for working in China;
  5. Other circumstances under which issuing a Work Permit for Foreigners is inappropriate.

VIII, Catalogue of application materials

(I)Application materials list

1. The online account registration for employers or authorized special service agencies

  • Registration Form
  • Legal Registration Proof
  • ID of the person in charge and the client
  • Industry license
The online account registration for employers or authorized special service agencies

Notice:
1. If there is any change in the registration, please provide the changed materials with the official seal of the foreign affairs or human resources department of the unit.
2. If there is any change in the address, economic types, or other changes, please provide the approval letter, business license, unified social credit code certificate, or organization code certificate and other legal registration certificate issued by the relevant administrative departments.

3. If the applicant changes to a legal representative or chief representative, please provide the updated business license, the organization code certificate, the social insurance registration certificate or

the registration certificate and representative certificate of the resident representative office of the foreign enterprise in China.

4. Those units, multinational companies, headquarters of multinational companies in China (identified by the Business Department), enterprise groups (holders of the Enterprise Group Registration Certificate, including the parent company and member companies), national enterprises and their secondary companies, national high-tech enterprises (identified by the Science and Technology Department), National Engineering Research Center (identified by the Development and Reform Department), engineering laboratories (identified by the Development and Reform Department), engineering and technology research centers (identified by the Science and Technology Department), enterprise technology centers (identified by the Economy and Information Department), and local technological innovation service platforms (identified by the Science and Technology Department), etc., should complete registration and submit the relevant documents without unnecessary repeats.

5. If the procedure of application, postponing, changing, cancelling, or re-submitting are passed to an agent, please provide the letter of authorization by the unit and specify the client, commissioned responsibilities, and the ID and contact number of the client.

2, Application for Foreigners’ Work Permit in China (working in China above 90 days, not including 90 days)

2.1 Application for the Acceptance Notification for Foreigners working in the People’s Republic of China (Hereinafter referred to as the Foreigners’ Work Permit Notification)

  • Application Form for Foreigners’ Work Permit in China
  • Work Qualification
  • Highest degree certificate,  relevant approval document, professional qualification
  • Certificate of No Criminal Record
  • Medical Report
  • Employment contract or Employment Certification (dispatch letter by multinational companies)
  • Passport or International Travel Documents
  • Applicant’s bareheaded and full-face photo taken within the last 6 months
  • Relevant Supporting Materials for Accompanying Family Members
  • Other Materials
Application for Foreigners’ Work Permit in China -working in China above 90 days, not including 90 days

Notice:

1, Non-Chinese documents should be translated into Chinese by professional translation institution (English and Japanese documents could be translated by the employers themselves) and stamped with a company seal, except for passports and international travel documents. The translation must be consistent with the original text, and the Authority could request the entities to submit another correct one if there is any discrepancies.

2, All paper versions of original documents and the translated versions must be uploaded to the online system and the original one shall be submitted to check at the time of collecting Foreigners’ Work Permit.

3, Applicants should provide the required materials according to the Classification Standard for Foreigners Working in China. The application form must be signed by the applicant and stamped with a company seal. Additional investigation may be conducted if necessary.

4, Applicants using the Points-based System please provide the corresponding highest academic degree, vocational qualifications, Chinese proficiency certificate (HSK Chinese Proficiency Test Certificate), proof of annual salary in China and work qualification documents, etc.

5, If the A-Class applicant has applied for a work permit before, and the position is not the same as that of the previous work permit, please provide the relevant work qualification documents. If there is other industry permit needed to be approved by the competent authority under relevant legal provisions or other qualified corresponding access professional qualifications, please submit it as well.

6, If one’s nationality has changed, the applicant shall apply for a work permit from all over again.

7, For any queries about certification or notarization, please refer to the website of the China Consular Service (See http://www.cs.mfa.gov.cn/) or contact the embassies and consulates of China.

8, If the applicants with employers from outside China come to China for temporary service, working at a material business activity overseas but a legal entity in China, they will be paid by their overseas employer. These applicants should have the professional qualifications corresponding to the services provided. The number of service providers is determined by the tasks in the contract. In addition to submitting all the above materials, these applicants shall also submit a service contract obtained in China (which shall include the subject of the contract, the place of work, the contents of the service, the position of the applicant, their job responsibilities and working period, and the signature page).

9, The entities could download or print out the Acceptance Notification for Foreigners working in the People’s Republic of China online after its being issued automatically by the system.

2.2 Apply for the Work Permit for Foreigners working in the People’s Republic of China (Hereinafter referred to as the Foreigners’ Work Permit)

  • Z or R visa and valid residence permit
  • Visa or valid residence permit of accompanying families
  • Employment Contract
  • Medical Report
Apply for the Work Permit for Foreigners working in the People’s Republic of China (Hereinafter referred to as the Foreigners’ Work Permit

Notices:

1. Applicants should complete the application form for the Work Permit.

2. The documents with the electronic signature for Foreigners’ Work Permit Notification, including application form, contract and so on, shall be signed with the applicant’s original handwritten signature and submitted online again.3. For collecting the Foreigners’ Work Permit, original copies of the application material as the one online will be reviewed. The hard copies of the materials could be saved and the original documents mentioned as the pledge reports could be exempted.

3, Apply for the Foreigners’ Work Permit in China (working in China above 90 days, not including 90 days)

Those who meet one of the following conditions can apply directly in China for the Work Permit, with the submission of all relevant materials mentioned above:

(1)A-Class Foreign Talents who have already entered China with a visa or a valid residence permit;

(2)Foreigners working in China with a valid work residence permit who have changed their employer but still work in the same occupation;

(3)Foreign spouses or children of Chinese citizens and spouses or children of foreigners who have permanent residence or work in China with a valid visa or residence permit;

(4)In line with the related preferential policies of a free trade zone or comprehensive innovation reform pilot area;

(5)The employer conforms to the relevant preferential policies of multinational companies in China;

(6)Internal staff transfers within an enterprise group;

(7)For the implementation of intergovernmental agreements;

(8)Representatives of  foreign enterprises in China who have a working visa and have been in China; foreigners who have a valid work permit for foreigners working in China for less than 90 days and are employed by a company in China during their stay;

(9)Those who are identified by other departments and meet all the conditions

Notices

1. If a foreigner has changed employer, please cancel the existing work permit.

2. Internal staff transfers within the enterprise group or within the headquarters of multinational companies in China refer to managers, senior management, or professional and technical staff transfer to other branches (including the parent company and member companies) or positions ( including new positions or promotions) within the company. After cancelling the existing work permit, those foreigners should apply for a new work permit within 30 days from the date of cancellation of the existing permit. The application materials are the Application Form for Foreigners’ Work Permit in China, employment contract (dispatch letter), valid residence permit, passport information page and cancellation note of the previous permit. Those who are transferring jobs need to add the relevant work qualification documents.

3. Foreign spouses or children of Chinese citizens and spouses or children of foreigners who have permanent residence or work in China shall submit the certification of family relationship (spouse – marriage certificate, child – child birth certificate or adoption certificate).

4. Those who do not meet one of the conditions mentioned above and have already enter into China shall apply the Work Permit from the procedure of the Foreigners’ Work Permit Notification.5. For collecting the Foreigners’ Work Permit, original copies of the application material as the one online will be reviewed. The hard copies of the materials could be saved and the original documents mentioned as the pledge reports could be exempted.

4, Application for Foreigners’ Work Permit in China or Invitation Letter for Foreign Experts to China (work in China for 90 days or less)

  • Application Form of Foreigners’ Work Permit and Invitation Letter for Foreign Experts
  • Work contract, project contract, cooperation agreement or invitation report
  • Applicant’s passport or international travel document
  • Others
Application for Foreigners’ Work Permit in China or Invitation Letter for Foreign Experts to China (work in China for 90 days or less)

Notice:

1, Applicants for A-class Foreign Talent or those who conform to the Notice on Further Improving Relevant Procedures for Handling Matters Related to Foreign Experts Making Short-term Visits to China (No. 176 [2015] of the State of Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs) can apply for the invitation for foreign experts to China, and all accompanying staff should fill out the application form.

2, Applicants who apply for the notification of the work permit (working in China for 90 days or less) can work in more than one company and all the work places must be displayed in the application.

3, All the application work should be completed in accordance with the prescribed schedule.

4, Applicants with a Z visa and stay of less than 30 days do not need to apply for a residence certificate; those who stay for more than 30 days, please apply for a residence certificate.

5, Foreign experts with a F visa do not need to apply for a residence certificate after entering China.

6, If there is other industry permit needed to be approved by the competent authority under relevant legal provisions or other qualified corresponding access professional qualifications, please submit it as well.

7, Non-Chinese documents should be translated into Chinese by professional translation institution (English and Japanese documents could be translated by the employers themselves) and stamped with a company seal, except for passports and international travel documents.

8, All paper versions of original documents and the translated versions must be uploaded to the online system.

5, Application for an extension of the work permit for foreigners working in China

If an employer needs to apply for an extension with the same working position, they shall submit the application 30 days before the expiration date of the applicant’s work permit.

  • Extension Application Form of the Foreigners’ Work Permit
  • Employment contract or Employment Certification
  • Visa and valid residence permit
  • Foreigners’ Work Permit
  • Others
Application for an extension of the work permit for foreigners working in China

Notice:
1, If there is other industry permit needed to be approved by the competent authority under relevant legal provisions, please submit it as well.

2, Applicants who have a new position within the same company, including those who transfer from professional positions to administrative positions, need to submit certification of the transfer.

3, Applicants need to re-apply for a work permit if their occupation has changed.

4, The extension for A-class Foreign Talent should be applied for with the relevant proof documents.

5, For collecting the Foreigners’ Work Permit, all paper versions of original documents, including all translated versions, must be uploaded to the online system and submitted to the Authority on site to review. The hard copies of the materials could be saved.

6, The applicant over 60 years old shall submit a guarantee letter to guarantee that the employer shall pay for the emergency and medical insurance, etc. for the applicant.

7, The applicant who applied the work permit on the condition related to the salary before shall submit personal income proof, for example, bank account statement, company posting documents as well for the extension of the Foreigners’ Work Permit.

6, Application for an alteration of the work permit for foreigners working in China

If the applicant’s personal information (name, passport number, title, and professional type) or other information needs to be updated, they should submit an application within 10 working days from the date of the confirmation of the alteration.

  • Alteration Application Form of the Foreigners’ Work Permit
  • Proof of the alteration  
  • Foreigners’ Work Permit
  • Other materials
Application for an alteration of the work permit for foreigners working in China

Notice:

1, If the applicant’s passport number has changed, please provide the information page and the visa page of the new passport.

2, Applicants who have a new position within the same company, including those who transfer from professional positions to administrative positions, need to submit certification of the transfer. Extra documents shall be in accordance with the State laws and regulations.

3, Applicants need to cancel the work permit and re-apply for a new one if their occupation has changed.

4, For collecting the Foreigners’ Work Permit, all paper versions of original documents, including all translated versions, must be uploaded to the online system and submitted to the Authority on site to review. The hard copies of the materials could be saved.

7, Application for a cancellation of the work permit for foreigners working in China

The work permit will be automatically canceled if it is not renewed after the expiry date; the work permit will be canceled by the Authority if it has been withdrawn or the license has been revoked by law. If the applicant dies or loses his living capacity or terminates the contract in advance or relinquishes the employment relationship, the employer should apply for cancellation within 10 days from the date of the occurrence of the matter. If the employer is terminated, applicants may apply for cancellation of the work permit on their own.

  • Cancellation Application Form of the Foreigners’ Work Permit
  • The termination documents of the employment contract or other evidence relating to the reasons for the cancellation
7 Application for a cancellation of the work permit for foreigners working in China

Notice:

1, If the employer is terminated according to the law, the applicant can submit the Cancellation Application Form of the Foreigners’ Work Permit without a company seal, but provide the relevant supporting documents for the employer’s termination, personal descriptions of the cancellation, and the original work permit.

2, A cancelation note can be provided if the work permit is cancelled.

3, All paper versions of original documents, including all translated versions, must be uploaded to the online system and submitted to the Authority on site to review. The hard copies of the materials could be saved.

8, Application for a replacement of the work permit for foreigners working in China

If the applicant has lost the work permit, please report the missing information on the Service system for foreigners working in China (See http://fwp.safea.gov.cn/) on the date of the loss or the date when you discover the loss and apply for the replacement. If the work permit is damaged, please apply with the original permit.

  • Replacement Application Form of the Foreigners’ Work Permit
  • Applicant ‘s description of the loss or damage
  • Foreigners’ Work Permit
Application for a replacement of the work permit for foreigners working in China

Notice:

All paper versions of original documents, including all translated versions, must be uploaded to the online system and submitted to the authority on site to review. The hard copies of the materials could be saved.

(II) Submit the application documents

Firstly, the employers shall submit all the information online with soft copies of all the original documents and their translation paper, and then they shall submit all the original ones that are exactly the same as the soft one that they have already uploaded online when they collect the work permit on site without any hard copies.

IX Application and reception

(I) Submit the information online

 Please visit Service system for foreigners working in China of State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (See http://fwp.safea.gov.cn/).

(II) Acceptance of written materials

Administrative departments for foreigners working in China of provincial-level people’s governments and of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, and their legally authorized local people’s government administrative departments for foreigners working in China, or their entrusted agencies. The office address, transportation routes, contact persons, telephone numbers, and office hours of specific acceptance authorities are published separately by the local permit decision-making authorities.

X Basic processing procedure

(I) The procedure of application for Foreigners’ Work Permit in China (working in China above 90 days, not including 90 days) and application for extension and cancellation of the work permit for foreigners working in China are as follows:

1, Submit online.

The employers shall enter into the system, fill out the information online and submit all the relevant documents. The intermediates shall fill out the relevant information online, including the company name, the legal registration certificate (including business license or organization code certificate, social insurance registration certificate or the registration certificate of foreign residence representatives office, etc.), and the name, individual identity certificate, telephone number of agencies, and then submit the power of attorney and the identity certificate of the agencies.

2, Preliminarily review online.

The competent department shall make a preliminary review on the documents that have already uploaded by the employers online within five working days as the date of submitting (excluding this date). The department shall make a comprehensive notice to the employers if their documents are not qualified and notice the employers online to submit all the original documents on site if qualified.

3, Handling process.

The competent departments shall decide whether they shall accept the application or not after the preliminary review. The application which is included in our business scope with the comprehensive and qualified documents and meet our requirements shall be accepted with an electrical accepted notification; the one without qualified documents and out of our legal requirements shall be returned at one time to fix it up and shall be accepted after the collection; the one that is out of our business scope shall be rejected with the appropriate reasons with a rejected notification to the applicants or employers by the department within five working days from the date of deciding. 

4, Review.

The competent departments shall review and make a decision within 10 working days (excluding the date of acceptation) if Foreigner’s Work Permit Notification or Foreigner’s Work Permit shall be approved or not. Foreigner’s Work Permit Notification shall be issued online if approved. The applicants shall apply and collect the work permit after entry within 15 working days with all the following original documents, contract or the work certification, previous work experience certificate, criminal clearance certificate, body check certificate and the highest degree certificate, etc.

5, Decision making.

The competent department shall approve the qualified and capable applicants to get the work permit above 90 days and the employers shall bring all the original documents on site to check within 10 days as the date of approval and collect the foreigner’s work permit. The department shall also reject the unsuitable applicants with a decent reason and notice the applicants or the employers have the right to apply it again or apply for a suit.

The decision-making department could simplify the review procedure on hard documents for the work permit extension under the trust record of the employers and the applicants.

(II) The procedure of application for Foreigners’ Work Permit in China or Invitation Letter for Foreign Experts to China (work in China for 90 days or less) is as follows:

1, Submit online.

The employers or the intermediates shall submit the application information online.

2, Preliminarily review and accept online.

The competent department shall make a preliminary review and acceptation on the documents that have already uploaded by the employers online within five working days as the date of submitting (excluding this date). The department shall make a comprehensive notice to the employers if their documents are not qualified and accept the one that is qualified and issue the acceptation notice online.

3, Review.

The competent departments shall review and make a decision within 5 working days without submitting paper documents for verification.

4, Decision making.

The competent department shall approve the qualified and capable applicants to get the work permit less than 90 days and issue the notification letter online without checking the paper documents. The department shall also reject the unsuitable applicants with a decent reason and notice the applicants or the employers have the right to apply it again or apply for a suit. The applicant that is qualified to get the invitation letter shall collect it at the issuing authority without submitting paper documents for verification.

(III) The work permit shall be approved by the competent department for the applicant that is qualified to apply in China directly without receiving the notification letter online.

(IV) The application procedure for the alteration and replacement on the work permit are as the first one mentioned above in this chapter. The electrical feedback shall be issued if the application is accepted and approved.

(V) Convenience measures for the application of the work permit, the application of extension, and cancellation of the work permit for A-Class Foreign Talent:

1, If the applicant has been included in relevant China domestic talent plans, the whole application process can be completed online without submitting paper documents for verification;

2, For applicants who are A-class foreign talent according to the Classification Standard for Foreigners Working in China: (I) those who has been included in relevant Chinese talent plans and (II) those who conform to the internationally recognized identification standard for professional achievement, work qualifications can be accepted via a pledge, excluding those who achieve these condition based on the previous work experiences;

3, For applicants who are A-class foreign talent according to the Classification Standard for Foreigners Working in China: (I) those who has been included in relevant Chinese talent plans; (II) those who conform to the internationally recognized identification standard for professional achievement; (III) those who meet the market-oriented demand for encouraged jobs; and (IV) those who are innovative entrepreneurial talents, the highest degree can be accepted via a pledge;

4, A certificate of no criminal record can be proved with a pledge;

5, If applicants have already entered China with a visa or a valid residence permit, they can apply for a work permit in China;

6, For the application of the work permit, application of extension, and cancellation of the work permit, results should be provided within 5 working days.

7, The maximum duration of a work permit can be 5 years.

XI Processing method

(I) The employers shall register an account at the very beginning on the system, then fill out the relevant information online and submit all the relevant documents. After the account is approved by the competent department, the employers could submit the application related to the foreigner’s work permit online. The competent department has the right to ask for or exempt the paper documents for verification based on the trust rank of the employers.

(II) For the employers, the information of the employees in charge of the foreigner’s work permit shall be registered online and the relevant prove documents shall be submitted on site. For the intermediates, they shall open an account online, fill out the relevant information of the agencies, and then submit the power of attorney and the identity certificate of the agencies.

(III) The competent department could verify the documents by interview, phone review or field study if needed.

XII Processing time

For application for foreigners’ work permit in China (working in China above 90 days), 20 working days from the date of acceptance, but special circumstances can lead to processing time be extended for 10 working days. The time between applicants’ receiving the notification of the work permit and submitting the application materials for the work permit is not included. For application for foreigners’ work permit in China (working in China for 90 days and less), 5 working days from the date of acceptance. For invitation for foreign experts to China, 5 working days from the date of acceptance.

XIII Basis and standard for charges

Free of charge.

XIV Review Result

For applications for foreigners’ work permit in China (working in China above 90 days), the work permit shall be issued to the applicants by the competent department if approved. For applications for foreigners’ work permit in China (working in China for 90 days and less), the notification letter or the invitation letter shall be issued to the applicants by the competent department if approved.

XV Delivery of Result

The result shall be published on the system as a notice by the competent department. The applicants or the employers could print out the notification letter online, collect the approval papers and foreigner’s work permit or the invitation letter for the foreign experts if approved. The employers will collect the rejected papers if the application is rejected.

XVI Rights and responsibilities for counterpart

(I) In accordance with the Administrative License Law, the applicant or employer shall have the following rights by law:

  1. To learn of the progress of the application’s processing;
  2. To know the reasons why the application was not accepted for processing or approved;
  3. To enjoy the right of statement and defense in respect of the administrative agency’s implementation of administrative permission;
  4. To apply for administrative reconsideration of the review result or to initiate administrative litigation.

(II) In accordance with the Administrative License Law and other laws, the applicant, the employer, and the entities or individuals that issue certifying documents shallperform the following obligations in accordance with law:

  1. To ensure that the applications materials submitted are complete, truthful, and valid;
  2. To cooperate with the permit decision-making authority in face-to-face interviews, telephone interviews, on-site investigations, etc., so as to verify the authenticity of application materials.
  3. If a permit is obtained, work shall be within the scope of the permit.
  4. A lawfully obtained Work Permit for Foreigners is non-transferable.

XVII Contact methods

(I) Hot line: 12333, 88123456

(II) Online service: online reference service channel on the Service system for foreigners working in China (See http://fwp.safea.gov.cn/)

XVII Supervision and complaint methods

(I) Hot line: 12333

(II) Online complaints: online complaints service on the Service system for foreigners working in China (See http://fwp.safea.gov.cn/)

XIX Office Addresses and Times

Public announcements shall be made separately by the Work Permit for Foreigners application acceptance and decision-making authorities of different locations.

XX Processing progress and public checkout on result

The employers could check the processing progress and the review result on the system from the date of submit. The result shall be published on the system within 7 working days from the date of decision-making and the relevant public information on the government affairs and the illegal information on the market item shall be published on the website CREDITCHINA.GOV.CN

XXI Additional notices

(I) First application online

If it is the first time that applicants are applying for a work permit, extension, or replacement or cancellation of a work permit, they should also submit the original Foreign Expert Certificate or Foreigner Employment Permit, and the cancellation note.

(II) Cancellation of invitation letter and invitation confirmation letter

Applicants can directly apply for the Z, F, or R visa with the notification of the work permit without any invitation letter.

(III) The processing procedure for visa

The Work Permit cannot be used as a visa or a substitute for a visa. A foreigner should apply for a visa in Chinese embassies and consulates abroad with the notification of the work permit and all other relevant materials.

(IV) The processing procedure for residence permit

Foreigners should complete the relevant procedures with the Work Permit and all other relevant materials at a local immigration office above the county level.

(V) System for trust management

Classical trust management and the special list shall be arranged for foreigners working in China, employers and intermediates.

(VI) Collection

The existed valid foreign experts’ work permit, foreigners’ work permit instruments, Foreign Expert Certificate and Foreigner Employment Permit are still valid. Foreigners’ work permit shall be carried out all over China from the date of April 1st, 2017 and the Acceptance Notification for Foreigners working in the People’s Republic of China and the Work Permit for Foreigners working in the People’s Republic of China will be issued. Foreign Expert Certificate and Foreigner Employment Permit shall not be issued anymore from the date of May 1st, 2017. Foreigners with Foreign Expert Certificate and Foreigner Employment Permit still valid above 6 months could fill an application form online for the renewal of Foreigners’ Work Permit with the same period of validity from the date of October 1st, 2017. The applicants with relevant documents to prove to be A-Class foreign talents could be admitted as A-Class foreign talents.

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