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Work residence permit application

From April 1, 2017, the whole country will implement the work permit system for foreigners to come to China. According to the new policy, the original "Entry Permit for Foreigners" and "Work Permit for Foreign Experts in China" are integrated into "Work Permit for Foreigners in China", which is organized and implemented by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs.

The new policy will classify foreigners working in China into three categories. Category A (encouraged category), category B (foreign professionals, control category), category C (general foreign personnel, restricted category)and manage them based on the standards. Applicants are at least Category C so GTG Visa can apply work permit for them. Please read the following classification criteria for categories A, B and C:


Foreign high-end talents

Encouraged category:
High-paid foreigners whose salary standard reaches an annual salary of more than 600,000 yuan and an annual personal income tax of more than 120,000 yuan.


Foreign professionals

Controlled category:
1.Foreigners have a bachelor’s degree and 2 years of full-time relevant work experience after graduation.
2.Foreign skilled workers (holding international general vocational skills qualification certificates) are foreign talents who have 2 years of full-time relevant work experience and whose average salary income is no less than 4 times of the average social salary income of the previous year in the region.
3. Foreign language teaching staffs. Foreign language teaching staff should be engaged in language teaching in their native country, and have obtained a bachelor's degree or above and have more than 2 years of language teaching work experience. Among them, those who have obtained a bachelor's degree or above in education, language or teacher training, or who have obtained a teacher's qualification certificate in the country where they are located, or who have obtained a national language teaching certificate that meets the requirements.
4. The comprehensive assessment of foreigners exceeds 60 points.


Other foreigners

Restricted category:
Foreigners studying in China and obtaining a bachelor's or higher diploma (graduated from any university in China within 1 year of graduation).
The registered address of the company is in various cities in China.

Points for foreigners to work in China

Quantitative scoring of conditional elements for foreign talents working in China

Annual salary paid by domestic employers (ten thousand yuan)
Maximum 20 points for this

▷ 20 points for more than 450,000 yuan;
▷ 17 points for 350,000 to 450,000 yuan;
▷ 14 points for 250,000 to 350,000 yuan;
▷ 11 points for 150,000 to 250,000 yuan;
▷ 8 points for 70,000 to 150,000 yuan;
▷ 5 points for 60,000 to 70,000 yuan;
▷ 0 points for less than 50,000 yuan;

Education level or vocational skills qualification certificate, etc.
Maximum 20 points for this

▷ Doctorate, the highest international vocational skills qualification certificate or senior technician or the equivalent of 20 points;
▷ 15 points for Master's degree, Technician or equivalent
▷ 10 points for bachelor, senior engineer or equivalent.

Relevant working years
Maximum 20 points for this

▷ For those who have worked for more than 2 years, one point will be added for each additional year, up to a maximum of 20 points;
▷ 5 points for 2 years of work;
▷ 0 points for working less than 2 years.

Working hours per year/month
Maximum 15 points for this

▷ 15 points for annual working hours of more than 9 months;
▷ 10 points if the annual working time is 6 to 9 months;
▷ 5 points if the annual working time is 3 to 6 months;
▷ 0 points if the annual working time is less than 3 months.

Mandarin level
Maximum 5 points for this

▷ Foreigners who used to have Chinese nationality, obtained a bachelor's degree or above with Chinese, and passed the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) level 5 or above, with a score of 5;
▷ 4 points for Passing the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) Level 4;
▷ 3 points for Passing the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) Level 3;
▷ 2 points for Passing the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) Level 2 ;
▷ 1 point for Passing the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) Level 1 ;

Maximum 15 points for this

▷10 points for those aged 18 to 25;
▷15 points for those aged 26 to 45;
▷10 points for those aged 46 to 55;
▷5 points for those aged 56 to 60;
▷0 points if over 60 years old.

Graduated from a high-level university overseas or have working experience in a global Fortune 500 company and other prescribed conditions
Maximum 5 points for this

▷5 points for graduates from high-level universities abroad (overseas);
▷5 points for working experience in a Fortune 500 company;
▷5 points for possessing intellectual property rights;
▷5 points for those who have worked in China for 5 years or more.

Foreign high-end talents (Category A)

Foreign high-end talents (Category A)

• Meets internationally recognized standards for professional achievement
• Internationally encouraged foreign-invested enterprise executives
• Leading talents in science and technology from various countries
• Working at a renowned academic institution
• Executives of Fortune 500 companies
• Executives of internationally renowned financial institutions
• Those selected for the domestic talent introduction plan
• Innovative and entrepreneurial talents
• Salary and annual tax payment meet the requirements
• Outstanding young talents
• Famous athletes
Foreign Professionals (Category B)

Foreign Professionals (Category B)

• Bachelor degree or above
• at least 2 years working experience
• Master's degree or above from universities in China
• Graduates from top 100 universities abroad
• Foreign language teaching staff
• Foreign managers of various enterprises
• Chief representative and representative of foreign representative office in China
Other foreigners (Category C)

Other foreigners (Category C)

• Foreigners employed by The State Council or by agreement of the government
• Foreign youth who come to China for internship under government agreement
• Foreigners engaged in domestic service with foreign high-end talents
• Foreigners in special occupations such as deep-sea fishing
• Foreigners engaged in seasonal labor
• Other foreigners subject to job quota management

Foreigner's Work Permit, which is an essential step in the process of foreigners working, living and hiring foreigners legally in China. The English name of the residence permit for foreigners is China Residence Permit. The reason for residence is generally employment or employment. Foreigners who work legally in China must obtain a residence permit for foreigners. According to the latest government regulations on March 27, 2017, generally speaking, foreigners who are employed must refer to the following procedures to apply for a legal residence permit for them:


Work permit and residence permit contain information comparison

work permit for foreigners generally contains the following information

Information for foreigners: full name in English, nationality, gender, photo
Company information: scan the QR code on the work permit to find out
Work permit number (unique for life), approval authority, validity period

Information contained in the foreigner's residence permit

Foreigner information: full name in English, passport number, date of birth
Information of work place: city name of the place issued
Specific reasons for residence: work (work permit category B professionals) or talents
(Work Permit Class A High-end Talent)
Visa Information: Issue Date and Validity Period

Application for residence permit for short-term work within 90 days

Those who come to China for work permit and residency and stay in China for no more than 90 days are classified as short-term work permit, which is also different from long-term work permit and business visas.

Refers to those who enter China for the following reasons and stay in China for no more than 90 days

Go to the domestic partner to complete a certain technology, scientific research, management, etc.
Trial training at domestic sports institutions (including coaches and athletes)
Shooting films (including commercials, documentaries)
Fashion show (including car models, shooting print advertisements, etc.)

The following circumstances are not classified as short-term work visa applications

Purchase machinery and equipment supporting maintenance, installation, debugging, disassembly, guidance and training

Guiding, supervising and inspecting projects that have won bids in China

Those dispatched to domestic branches, subsidiaries and representative offices to complete short-term work

Participating in sports events (including athletes, coaches, team doctors, assistants and other relevant personnel. However, according to the requirements of international sports organizations, with the approval of the competent authorities of our country, except for the entry of the registration card to participate in the competition, etc.)

Entry for unpaid work or by an overseas agency, remunerated volunteers and volunteers, etc.

List of material requirements corresponding to the short-term work visa service project

90-day short-term work visa, although the application materials are not a lot and the procedures are relatively simple, but there are corresponding restrictions: For example, the same foreigner can only apply for it twice in a year, with a half-year interval between each time; the work permit notification is only valid for 30 days.

Valid passport of foreigner(Original)

Physical Examination Record(Original)

Work and Residence Permit Change

If the work situation of foreigners changes, their work permit and residence permit also need to be changed and issued accordingly. If the applicant doesn't do it in time, it will bring inconvenience to the applicant and leave a bad Record in China.

Common changes take the following forms:

In-city change of workplace

Offsite change of work unit

Change of industrial and commercial information of the workplace

Change of passport information for foreigners

Extension of foreigners' work and residence permits in China, cancellation of foreigners' work and residence permits in China, and reissue of "Foreigners' Work Permits"

The extension of work and residence permit refers to the need to apply for extension of residence only because the validity period has expired under the circumstance that the work situation of the foreigner has not changed.
The list of material requirements corresponding to the change and extension of work and residence permit services is as follows:

Basic Material Requirements 1:
If the work unit is changed, a valid passport, the original foreigner employment permit and residence permit, the resignation certificate of the original unit and the business license of the current unit and other relevant materials must be submitted.

Basic Material Requirements 2:
If the industrial and commercial information of the work unit is changed, the business license and related certificates of the industrial and commercial change must be submitted.

Basic Material Requirements 3:
To change the foreigner's passport information, the replacement valid passport, the original foreigner's employment permit and residence permit must be submitted。

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