This guidance is applicable to the legal employers in China and their foreign employees on the application for foreigners’ work permit in China.
Article 41 under Exit and Entry Administration Law of the People’s Republic of China: Foreigners who work in China shall obtain work permits and work-type residence permits in accordance with relevant regulations. No entities or individuals shall employ foreigners who have no work permits or work-type residence permits.
Article 7 under Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Administration of the Entry and Exit of Foreigners: To apply for the R visa, the applicant shall meet the qualifications and requirements set by the competent authorities of the Chinese government for introducing persons of high talent or urgently needed specialists, and the applicant shall, in accordance with relevant provisions, submit the relevant certification documents; To apply for the Z visa, the applicant shall, in accordance with relevant provisions, submit the work permit and other certification documents.
Requirement: To apply for the work-type residence permit, the applicant shall submit the work permit and other certification documents. To apply for persons of high talent or urgently needed specialists in China, the applicant shall submit relevant certification documents.
Please find the attached the complete "Service Guidance on Application for Foreigners’ Work Permit in China."