Procedures for foreigners working in China
Updated: 2006-10-25 09:12
Foreigners who want to work in China should first get in touch with a valid
Chinese employer who has an employment license for foreigners issued by related
labour administrative bureaus.
Foreigners with permission to work in China should apply for employment visas
at the Chinese embassies.
Employers of foreigners should get employment permits for their foreign
employees within 15 days after their entry into China by providing related
Foreign employees who have received their employment permit should, within 30
days after their entry, apply for a residence permit from local public security
bureaus. The term of validity of the residence certificate may be determined in
accordance with that of the Employment Permit.
Chinese employers and their foreign employees should conclude a contract in
line with law. The term of the contract should not exceed five years and such a
contract can be renewed.
The employment permit of the employed foreigners shall cease to be effective
upon the expiration of the term of the labour contract between the foreigner and
(Source: Rules for the Administration of Employment of