Shenzhen Government Online
Foreigner's Work Permit
From: Science, Technology and Innovation Commission of Shenzhen Municipality
Updated: 2020-08-28 17:08

I. Basic information

1. Category: Administrative licensing

2. Processing time: 7 working days

3. Who can apply: Employers that hire foreigners

4. Mailing service: Available

5. Result: People’s Republic of China Foreigner’s Work Permit

6. Inquiry hotline: 0755-88121678

7. Supervising hotline: 0755-12345

8. Service window information:

Address: Windows 56 to 58, East Hall, Administrative Service Hall, Zone B, Civic Center, Fuzhong Road 3, Futian District, Shenzhen
Time: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 2 p.m.-5:45 p.m. (except for public and statutory holidays)


II. Acceptance requirements

1. Basic requirements for employers

(1) The employer should be registered in accordance with the law and have no record of serious violations of law and breach of trust. Foreigners should be employed only for special vacancies where no suitable locals can be found, and employment should not violate relevant regulations. The wages paid to foreign employees should not be lower than the local minimum wage standards.

(2) If the employer operates in an industry that requires pre-approval from an industry authority before employing a foreign talent, such approval should be obtained.


2. Basic requirements for applicants

(1) The applicant should be at least 18 years old, be in good health, have no criminal record, be employed by an employer on the Chinese mainland and possess professional skills or knowledge required to take the job.

(2) The job the applicant takes should be in line with the need of China’s economic and social development, and the applicant should be a professional urgently needed in China.

(3) The applicant should follow other relevant laws and regulations for foreign workers.


3. High-end foreign talents (Category A)

High-end foreign talents are scientists, top technological talents, international entrepreneurs and special talents that are top-notch and needed by the market and whose achievements will contribute to China’s economic and social development. This category also includes talents who score enough points on the work permit points table. High-end foreign talents are free from restrictions on age, educational background and working experience. For detailed information, please see the Classification Standards for Foreigners to Work in China (Trial Version).


4. Foreign professional talents (Category B)

Foreign professional talents are those who meet the requirements in the Catalogue of Guidance for Foreigners Working in China for certain jobs, and who are needed for China’s economic and social development. Talents of this category should hold a bachelor’s degree or above, have more than two years of relevant working experience and are aged under 60. Restrictions on age, educational background and working experience can be eased for innovative and entrepreneurial talents, professional talents, outstanding foreign graduates, those who score enough points on the work permit points table or those who come to China to execute intergovernmental treaties or agreements that are urgently needed. For detailed information, please see the Classification Standards for Foreigners to Work in China (Trial Version).Other relevant regulations concerning special talents and government project staffers should also be obeyed.


5. Other foreign staff (Category C)

Other foreign staff are those who meet the needs of the domestic labor market and the requirements of relevant policies. For detailed information, please see the Classification Standards for Foreigners to Work in China (Trial Version).


6. Approval will be given to applicants

(1)Who are under the jurisdiction of the relevant authority;

(2)Who meet the above-mentioned requirements;

(3)Whose applicationmaterials are true, complete and meet relevant requirements.


7. Rejection will be given to applicants

(1)Whose application materials are not complete;

(2)Whose application materials do not meet relevant requirements;

(3)Whose application materials contain false information;

(4)Who do not meet the conditions to work in China;

(5)Who fall under other circumstances that are not suitable to be issued a Foreigner’s Work Permit.

Note:

The number of high-end foreign talents (Category A) will not be limited.

The number of foreign professional talents (Category B) will be adjusted according to the need of the market.

The number of other foreign staff (Category C) will be limited according to relevant regulations.

The exact numbers can be found on the Service System for Foreigners Working in China (http://fwp.safea.gov.cn).



III. Application materials

Required materials for employers or authorized service agencies to register an account at: https://fwp.safea.gov.cn/ 

No.


Required materials


Original/

Photocopy


Number

of copies


Hard copy/

Digital copy


Requirements


Notes


1

Information

registration form


Original


1

Digital


The form should

be stamped by

the employer.


If, instead of the employer's

official

company seal,

the employer's

foreign affairs

seal, personnel

seal or labor

contract seal is

to be used,

records of

authorization

should be

submitted.


2

Legal registration

documents


Original


1

Digital


These may

include the

employer's  

business license,

organization code certificate, social

insurance

registration

certificate,

registration

certificate of

foreign

enterprise's

permanent office

in China, or

registration

certificate of

overseas non-

governmental

organization's

office in China.

Employers with a

unified social

credit code

should provide

their certificate of

unified social

credit code.



3

Documents to certify

the identity of the

person in charge and the authorized

person

Original


1

Digital




4

Industry licenses


Original


1

Digital


If the employer

operates in an

industry that

requires

pre-approval from an industry

authority before

hiring a foreign

talent, a letter of

approval issued

by the industry

authority should

also be submitted.



Please note:

(1) If the registration information of the employer has been changed, materials to certify the changes

must be provided. The materials may be stamped with the employer's authorized foreign affairs seal or

personnel seal.


(2) If the office address or economy type of the employer has been changed, materials to certify its legal

registration such as a letter of approval issued by relevant administrative departments, its business

license, certificate of unified social credit code, or organization code certificate should be provided.


(3) If the applicant has become the legal   representative or chief representative of the employer, the

employer's alterated business license, organization code certificate, social insurance registration

certificate, or registration certificate of foreign enterprise's permanent office in China plus the

applicant's representative certificate should be provided.


(4) If the employer is a multinational, the Chinese headquarters of a multinational (certified by business

authorities), an enterprise group (holders of Enterprise Group Registration Certificate, both the mother

company and member companies are included), a central State-owned enterprise or its subsidiary, a

national high-tech enterprise (certified by science and technology authorities), a recognized enterprise

engineering research center (certified by development and reform authorities), an engineering laboratory

(certified by development and reform authorities), an engineering technology research center (certified

by science and technology authorities), an enterprise technology center (certified by industry and

information technology authorities), or a local technological innovation service platform (certified by

science and technology authorities) and has submitted relevant certification documents while registering

an account, it does not need to submit these materials again when applying for a permit.


(5) If the employer authorizes a service agency to apply for work permits for its foreign employees, a

letter of authorization issued by the employer specifying the name of the service agency, the authorized

person, authorized items, as well as the ID number and phone number of the authorized person should be

provided so that the service agency can apply for, extend, alter, cancel or replace a work permit.


2. Required materials for applying for Foreigner's Work Permit (for a working period of more than 90 days)

a. Required materials for applying for Notification Letter of Foreigner's Work Permit in the People's Republic of China (hereinafter referred to as Notification Letter of Foreigner's Work Permit)

No.


Required

materials


Original/

Photocopy


Number

of copies


Hard

copy/

Digital

copy


Requirements


Notes


1

Application

Form for

Foreigner's

Work Permit


Original


1


Hard

copy/

Digital


Fill in the form

online and print

it for signing.

After it is signed

by the applicant

(the form signed

by the applicant is sent back via fax

or mail) and

stamped by the  

employer, upload

it to the system.


Seals that can be used

include the employer's

official company seal and  its registered foreign

affairs seal, personnel

seal and labor contract

seal.


2

Certificates of

working

experience


Original


1


Digital


A certificate of

working

experience is

issued by a

former employer

of the applicant.

The working

experience it

certifies should be related to the

applicant's job in

China. The

position, the

working time of

the applicant, and projects the

applicant had

participated in for  the former

employer should

be stated in the

certificate, and

the certificate

should be

stamped by the

former employer

or be signed by

person in charge

with a valid

phone number or

e-mail address

provided of the

person in charge.


Certain Category A

foreign talents are

eligible to submit a letter

of promise in place of

their certificates of

working experience.They

include:

(1) Talents who are

included in relevant

Chinese talent programs;

and

(2) Talents whose

professional

achievements meet

internationally

recognized standards.

Applicants who are

classified as Category A

talents on the basis of

their past working

experience are excluded.

If the applicant is the

recipient of a recognized

award in an industry, he/

she may provide the

award certificate.

If the applicant is an

outstanding fresh

graduate, he/she may

provide a

recommendation letter

issued by the

applicant's university.


3

Certificate of  

highest degre

or relevant

approval

documents;

professional

qualification

certificates


Original


1


Digital


If the applicant's

certificate of

highest degree is

conferred by an

overseas

educational

institution, it

should be verified by a Chinese

embassy or

consulate in the

country of the

educational

institution, the

country's

embassy or

consulate in

China, or a degree

verification

institution in

China.


If the applicant's

certificate of

highest degree is

conferred by an

educational

institution in

China's Hong

Kong Special

Administrative

Region, Macao

Special

Administrative

Region or Taiwan,

it should be

verified by a

degree

verification

institution in

China or a notary

institution in that

region.


If the applicant's

certificate of

highest degree is

conferred by a

Chinese

educational

institution, it

should be verified by the China

Higher Education

Student

Information and

Career Center.


If the applicant is

engaged in an

occupation that

requires

pre-approval

from an industry   authority or a

professional

qualification

certificate, a letter

of approval issued by the industry

authority or a

professional

qualification

certificate should

be provided.


Certain Category A

foreign talents are

eligible to submit a letter

of promisein place of

their certificate of

highest degree, relevant   approval documents or

professional qualification

certificates. They include:

(1) Talents who are

included in relevant

Chinese talent programs;

(2) Talents whose

professional

achievements meet

internationally

recognized standards;

(3) Needed talents for

the market; and

(4) Innovative and

entrepreneurial talents.


If the applicant is a

qualified teacher of a

language that is not the  

applicant's mother

tongue, then the

applicant's certificate of

highest degree should be verified by a degree

verification institution in

China.


Any professional

qualification certificate

obtained abroad should

be verified by a Chinese

embassy or consulate in

the country where it is

conferred or by the

country's   embassy or

consulate in China.

Alternatively, it should be notarized by a notary

institution.


Any professional

qualification certificate

obtained in China's Hong Kong Special

Administrative Region,

Macao Special

Administrative Region or

Taiwan should be

notarized by a notary

institution in that region.


4

Certificate of

no criminal

record


Original


1


Digital


A certificate of no

criminal record

should be issued

by the police

department,

security

department or

court in the

applicant's

passport country

or place of

permanent

residence and

verified by a

Chinese embassy

or consulate in

the country or

region or the

country or

region's embassyor consulate in

China.


Any certificate of

no criminal record

issued in China's

Hong Kong

Special

Administrative

Region, Macao

Special

Administrative

Region or Taiwan

should be

notarized by a

notary institution

in that region.


An applicant's

place of

permanent

residence refers

to the last country or region the

applicant has

lived in for more

than one year

after leaving the

applicant's

passport country

This should not

include the

Chinese mainland.


The certificate of

no criminal record should be issued

within six months.


Category A foreign

talents are eligible to

submit a letter of

promise in place of the

certificate of no criminal

record.


Personal declarations of

criminal-free records are

not accepted.


Any non-declaration type certificate of no criminal

record issued by

diplomatic institutions

(including foreign

countries' embassies and consulates in China) will

be accepted with no

extra documents needed.


5

Health check

certificate


Original


1


Digital


This can be a

physical check

certificate or

health check

certificate issued

by a Chinese

inspection and

quarantine

institution, or a

health check

certificate issued

by an overseas

medical

institution

recognized by a

Chinese

inspection and

quarantine

institution. It

should be issue

within six months.


A list of local medical

institutions recognized

by Chinese inspection

and quarantine

institutions can be found

at the website of the

Chinese embassy or

consulate in the country

or region.

Applicants may submit a

letter of promise before

entering China and

provide a physical check   certificate or health

check certificate issued

by a Chinese inspection

and quarantine

institution upon

collecting the

Foreigner's Work Permit

in China.


6

Employment

contract or

employment

certificate

(including

letter of

location

transfer issued

by a

multinational)


Original


1


Digital


A Chinese

contract signed

by the applicant

and stamped by

the employer

should be

provided.

Information in the contract should

not be altered. If

the applicant ca

not provide an

employment

contract before

entering China

but is employed

by an employer

that is in the list

of large

businesses

eligible for

expedited services or an employer

that has no

negative credit

records for three  

consecutive years, the applicant may provide an

employment

certificate before   arriving in China

and provide the

employment

contract upon

collecting the  

Foreigner's Work

Permit in China.

With the

exception of pay

raise and

promotion

changes,

necessary

information in the employment

contract and the

employment

certificate should

be consistent,

otherwise a new

work permit will

be required.


The employment

contract or employment

certificate (including the

letter of location

transferissued by a

multinational) should

include information

including the applicant's

workplace address, title,

job responsibilities, salary and duration of work in

China, and the signing

page.

Employment certificates

are applicable to

applicants who come to

China to execute

intergovernmental

treaties or agreements,

who are chief

representatives or

representatives of the

Chinese office of

international businesses,

organizations or

institutions, and who are

overseas contract service

providers.


Letters of location

transfer issued by a

multinational are

applicable to senior

management (such as

managers) and

professional technical

staff sent by a

multinational from its

global or regional

headquarters outside the Chinese mainland to its

subsidiaries or branches

on the Chinese mainland. They should be issued by the global or regional

headquarters of a

multinational.


If certain necessary

information in an

employment certificate

(including the letter of  

location transfer) is

missing, extra materials

to explain exceptions

should be provided.


Senior management

(such as managers) and

professional technical

staff sent from a

multinational's

headquarters on the

Chinese mainland to its  

subsidiaries or branches

on the Chinese mainland

should provide a letter of

location transfer and an

employment contract

signed with the

multinational's

headquarters on the

Chinese mainland. Labor

contracts signed

between foreigners and

labor outsourcing

businesses should also

include information such

as the employer that the foreigner will be working for, how long the

foreigner will work for

the employer and the

post the foreigner will

take.


7

Applicant's  

passport or

other

international

travel

documents


Original


1


Digital


Please provide

the personal

information

page on the

applicant's

passport or

international

travel documents.


The validity period of the

passport should be no

less than six months.


8

Headshot

photo of the

applicant taken within six

months


Original


1


Digital


The photo should be with a white

background with

no frames. It

should show the

full face of the

applicant and be

clearly printed

with no spots,

flaws or defects

caused by ink. It

should be a

colored 40-120 kb photo in JPG format and sized

between 354*472

and 420*560

pixels. The

applicant should

not wear

eyeglasses when

taking the photo.


Applicants are suggested not to wear head

adornments such as hats

or coverings.

Those who wear for

religious purposes

should ensure that the

adornments do not cover

their face.


9

Materials

related to

accompanying

family

members


Original


1


Digital


These include the

personal

information page

on each

accompanying

family member's

passport or

international

travel documents, evidence of family relationships

(spouse-marriage

certificate,

children-birth

certificate or

adoption

certificate,

applicant's

parents or

spouse's parents-

applicant's birth

certificate or

marriage

certificate or

notarization

documents),

health check

certificates (for

accompanying

family members

aged 18 or above) and digital

photos.


Accompanying family

members include the

applicant's spouse,

children aged under 18,

parents and the parents

of his/her spouse.


10

Other materials  as required






Please note:

(1) Except for passports and international travel documents, all materials that are not in Chinese should

have a translated version stamped by the employer (materials that are not in English should be translated

by a professional translation agency). If the information on a translated version is inconsistent with the

original document, the Science, Technology and Innovation Commission of Shenzhen Municipality may

request the employer to provide a new version.


(2) All materials and their translated versions should be scanned and uploaded to the online system. The

originals will be checked upon when collecting the Foreigner's Work Permit.


(3) High-end foreign talents should provide certification materials in accordance with the talent

classification standards. The application form should be signed by the applicant and stamped by the

employer. Applicants should also give consent to allow the Commission to carry out further investigations

when necessary.


(4) Applicants who are classified as high-end talents according to the point-based system should providematerials including the certificate of highest degree, professional qualification certificates, Hanyu

Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) certificate, certificate of annual income for working in China and certificates of

working experience.


(5) Applicants who are applying for a work permit by meeting certain income standards should provide a

letter of undertaking issued by the employer and stamped by the employer which states the applicant's

income. For those who wish to extend or cancel their work permit, materials to certify the applicant's

income including tax clearance certificates, bank statements and the employer's payroll records should

also be provided.


(6) High-end foreign talents whose positions (jobs) are different from the positions (jobs) approved by

their work permit should also provide certificates of working experience. If the applicant is engaged in a

job that requires pre-approval from an industry authority or requires a professional qualification

certificate, a letter of approval issued by the industry authority or a professional qualification certificate

should be provided.


(7) Applicants whose nationality has been changed should apply for a new Foreigner's Work Permit.


(8) For regulations on document certification, please visit http://cs.mfa.gov.cn/ or consult a Chinese

embassy or consulate.


(9) Overseas contract service providers refer to employees of an overseas business which has no

commercial presence (i.e., legal entity) on the Chinese mainland but engages in commercial activities in  

overseas territories who come to the Chinese mainland to provide temporary services in order to fulfill

service contracts their employer has obtained from within the Chinese mainland. Their remuneration is

paid by the overseas employer. Such service providers should hold academic qualifications and

professional qualifications required in order to provide a service. The number of service providers is

determined by the workload stipulated in a contract. In addition to all materials mentioned above,

overseas contract service providers should also provide a service contract made on the Chinese mainland

while applying for a work permit. Information that should be stated in this contract includes the names

of both parties, workplace address, contents of contract service, the applicant's position and job  

responsibilities, service duration and the signing page.


(10) The Notification Letter of Foreigner's Work Permit will be generated by the system automatically.

The employer can download and print it whenever needed.


b. Required materials for applying for Foreigner's Work Permit

No.


Required  

materials


Original/

Photocopy


Number

of copies


Hard copy/

Digital copy


Requirements


Notes


1

Applicant's Z

Visa, R Visa, orvalid residence

permit


Original


1


Digital


Please provide

the visa page,

entry stamp

page or

residence

permit page on

the passport or

other

international

travel

documents.


Except for special

circumstances such

as a lost passport,

the passport used

should be the one

that is used for

applying for the

Notification Letterof

Foreigner's Work

Permit


2

Visas or valid

residence

permits of

accompanying

family

members


Original


1


Digital


Please provide

the visa page,

entry stamp

page or

residence

permit page

on the

passport or

other

international

travel

documents.



3

Employment  

contract


Original


1


Digital


The contract  

should include

the applicant's

workplace

address, job

responsibilities, salary, duration of working in

China, position

and the signing

page.


This is applicable to

applicants who fail to provide the contract

when applying for

the Notification

Letter of

Foreigner's Work

Permit.


4

Health check  

certificate


Original


1


Digital


This can be a  

physical check

certificate or

health check

certificate

issued by a

Chinese

inspection and

quarantine

institution. It

should be

issued within

six months.


This is applicable to

applicants who fail to provide the

certificate when

applying for the

Notification Letter of

Foreigner's Work

Permit.


Please note:

(1) Applicants should fill in the“APPLICATION FOR FOREIGNER'S WORK PERMIT”column in the

Application Form For Foreigner's Work Permit.


(2) If digital signatures are used in materials submitted for the application for the Notification Letter of

Foreigner's Work Permit, such as the Application Form for Foreigner's Work Permit and the employment

contract, the applicant should submit new versions of these materials with hand-written signatures of the

applicant to the online application system. Required materials that the applicant fails to provide when

applying for the Notification Letter of Foreigner's Work Permit should be uploaded to the system in this

step.


(3) Applicants should provide the original copies of all materials submitted to the onlineapplication

system for verification when collecting the work permit. The digital versions of submitted materials

should be identical to their original copies. Photocopies are not required. The original copies of letters of  

promise are not required.


3. Required materials for applying for Foreigner's Work Permit on the Chinese mainland (for a working period of more than 90 days)

Applicants who fall into one of the following categories can apply for a Foreigner's Work Permit on the Chinese mainland. Except those who fall into the category (2) of change of employer, applicants should submit all materials required for the application of the Notification Letter of Foreigner's Work Permit and the Foreigner's Work Permit.


(1) High-end foreign talents (Category A) on the Chinese mainland with a visa or a valid residence permit;


(2) Change of employer: foreigners working in China, holding a valid residence permit for work and intending to change an employer without changing the profession;


(3) Foreign spouses or children of a Chinese citizen, and spouses or children of a foreigner with a permanent residence or work permit, who hold valid visas or residence permits;


(4) Applicants qualified for relevant preferential policies of free trade zones and comprehensive innovation and reform pilot zones;


(5) Applicants whose employer enjoys preferential policies for multinational enterprises' headquarters in China;


(6) Applicants who alter a job position within the same enterprise;


(7) Applicants executing intergovernmental agreements or treaties;


(8) Representatives of the Chinese branches of overseas institutions, who have entered the Chinese mainland with valid work visas. Applicants who have acquired a valid Foreigner's Work Permit for a working period of less than 90 days that are legally employed by a Chinese employer during their stay.


(9) Other applicants deemed qualified by the Science, Technology and Innovation Commission of Shenzhen Municipality.


Applicants who fall into the category (2) of change of employer should submit the following materials.


No


Required  

materials


Original/

Photocopy


Number of

copies


Hard copy/

Digital copy

Requirement


Notes


1

Application

Form for

Foreigner's

Work Permit


Original


1


Hard copy/

Digital


Fill in the

form online

and print it

for signing.

After it is

signed by the applicant

(the form

signed by the applicant is

sent back via

fax or mail)

and stamped by the

employer,

upload it to

the system.


Seals that

can be used

include the

employer's

official

company

seal and its

registered

foreign

affairs seal,

personnel

seal and

labor

contract seal.


2

Certificates

of working

experience


Original


1


Digital

A certificate

of working

experience is

issued by a

former

employer of

the applicant. The working

experience it

certifies

should be

related to the applicant's

job in China.

The position,

working time of the

applicant for

the former

employer

and projects

the applicant had

participated

in should be

stated in the

certificate,

and the

certificate

should be

stamped by

the former

employer or   be signed by

a person in

charge with

a valid phone number or

e-mail

address of

the

person-in-

charge.


Certain

Category A  

foreign

talents are

eligible to

submit a

letter of

promise in

place of their certificates of working

experience.

They include:

(1) Talents

who are

included in

relevant

Chinese

talent

programs;

and

(2) Talents

whose

professional

achievementmeet

international-

ly recognized standards.

Applicants

who are

classified as

Category A

talents on

the basis of

their past

working

experience

are excluded.

If the

applicant is

the recipient

of a

recognized award in an

industry, the

applicant

may provide

the award

certificate.

If the

applicant is

an

outstanding

fresh

graduate, the applicant

may provide

a

recommend-

ation  

letter issued

by the

applicant's

university.


3

Certificate of

highest

degree or

relevant

approval

documents;

professional

qualification   certificates

(Applicants

who have

acquired a

Foreigner's

Work Permit

after Nov. 1,

2017 are not

required to

submit their

certificates of highest

degree if

they change

an employer)


Original


1


Digital


If the

applicant's

certificate of

highest

degree is

conferred by

an overseas

educational

institution, it

should be

verified by a

Chinese

embassy or  

consulate in

the country

of the

educational

institution,

the country's

embassy or

consulate in

China, or a

degree

verification

institution in

China.


If the

applicant's

certificate of

highest

degree is

conferred by

an

educational  

institution in

China's Hong

Kong Special

Administrati-ve Region,

Macao

Special

Administrati-ve Region or

Taiwan, it

should be

verified by a

degree  

verification

institution in

China or a

notary

institution in

that region.


Certain

Category A  

foreign

talents are

eligible to

submit a

letter of

promise in

place of their certificate of

highest

degree,

relevant

approval

documents

or

professional  

qualification

certificates.

They include:

(1) Talents

who are

included in

relevant

Chinese

talent

programs;

(2) Talents

whose

professional

achievemen-

ts meet

international-

ly recognized standards;

(3) Needed  

talents for

the market;

and

(4) Innovative and

entrepreneu-

rial talents.


If the

applicant is a qualified

teacher of a

language

that is not

the

applicant's

mother

tongue, the

applicant's

certificate of

highest

degree

should be

verified by a   degree

verification

institution in

China.


Any

professional

qualification

certificate

obtained

abroad

should be

verified by a

Chinese

embassy or

consulate in

the country

where it is

conferred or

the country's

embassy or

consulate in

China.

Alternatively,

it should be

notarized by

a notary

instiution.


Any

professional

qualification

certificate

obtained in

China's Hong Kong SpecialAdministrati-ve Region,

Macao

Special

Administrati-ve Region or

Taiwan

should be

notarized by

a notary

institution in

that region.


Applicants

who are

holders of an Alien

Employmen

Permit or

Foreign

Expert

Certificate

are not

required to

submit the

documents

for

verification

when

applying to

change the

above-ment-

ioned

documents

for a

Foreigner's

Work Permit.


4

Employment

contract or

employment

certificate

including

letter of

location

transfer

issued by a

multinational


Original


1


Digital


A Chinese

contract

signed by the applicant and stamped by

the employer should be

provided.

Information

in the

contract

should not

be altered. If

the applicant cannot

provide an

employment

contract

before

entering

China but is   employed by an employe

that is in the

list of large

businesses

eligible for  

expedited

services or

an employer

that has no

negative

credit

records for

three

consecutive

years, the

applicant

may provide

an

employment

certificate

before

arriving in

China and

provide the

employment

contract

upon

collecting the Foreigner's

Work Permit

in China.

With the

exception of

pay raise and promotion

changes,

necessary

information

in the

employment

contract and

the

employment

certificate

should be

consistent,

otherwise a

new work

permit will

be required.


The

employment

contract or

employment

certificate

including

the letter of

location

transfer

issued by a

multinational should

include the

applicant's

workplace

address, title, job

responsibilit-

ies, salary

and durationof work in

China and

the signing

page.

Employmentcertificates

are

applicable to

applicants

who come to China to

execute intergovernment-

al treaties or

agreements,who are chief representati-ves or

representati-ves of the

Chinese

office of

international

businesses,

organizations or

institutions,

and who are

overseas

contract

service

providers.


Letters of

location

transfer

issued by a

multinational are

applicable to

senior

management (such as managers) and

professional

technical

staff sent by

a

multinational


from its

global or

regional

headquarters outside the

Chinese

mainland to

its

subsidiaries

or branches

on the

Chinese

mainland.

They should   be issued by

the global or

regional

headquarters of a

multination-

al.


If certain

necessary

information

in an

employment

certificate

(including

the letter of  

location

transfer) is

missing,

extra

materials to

explain

exceptions

should be

provided.


Senior

management (such as

managers)

and

professional

technical

staff sent

from a

multination-

al's

headquarters on the

Chinese

mainland to

its

subsidiaries

or branches

on the

Chinese mainland should

provide a

letter of

location

transfer and

an

employment

contract

signed with

the

multination-

al's

headquarters on the

Chinese

mainland.

Labor

contracts

signed

between

foreigners

and labor

outsourcing

businesses

should also  

include

information

such as the

employer the foreigner will be working

for, how long

the foreigner will work for

the employer and the post

the foreigner will take.


5

Applicant's  

passport or

other

international

travel

documents,

and valid

residence

permit


Original


1


Digital


Please

provide  

the personal

information

page on the

applicant's

passport,

international

travel

documents

or residence

permit.



6

Headshot

photo of theapplicant

taken within

six months


Original


1


Digital


The photo

should be

with a white

background

with no

frames. It

should show

the full face

of the

applicant and be clearly

printed with

no spots,

flaws or

defects

caused by

ink. It should

be a colored

40-120 kb

photo in JPG

format and

sized

between

354*472 and

420*560

pixels. The

applicant

should not

wear

eyeglasses

when taking

the photo.


Applicants

are

suggested

not to wear

head

adornments

such as hats

or coverings.Those who

wear for

religious

purposes

should

ensure that

the

adornments

do not cover

their face.


7

Other

materials as

required







Please note:

(1) If an applicant currently working in China wants to change an employer, the applicant's current work

permit should first be voided.


(2) Alteration of a job position within the same enterprise refers to circumstances when a senior

management staffer (such as manager) or professional technician employed by a transnational

enterprise's headquarters in China or by an enterprise group moves to a new position either still in the

headquarters or in a registered branch of the enterprise in China (including job position alterations or

promotions).Theapplicant should apply for a new work permit within 30 days after the original work

permit is nullified, submitting documents including an Application Form for Foreigner's Work Permit, an

employment contract (or a letter of location transfer), a valid residence permit, the personal information

page on the applicant's passport and a nullification certificate. If the applicant moves to a new profession,

he or she should also submit related work qualification certificates.


(3) High-end foreign talents should provide certification materials in accordance with the talent

classification standards. The application form should be signed by the applicant and stamped by the

employer. Applicants should also give consent to allow the Science, Technology and Innovation

Commission of Shenzhen Municipality to carry out further investigation when necessary.


(4) Applicants who are applying for a work permit by meeting certain income standards should provide a

letter of undertaking issued by the employer and stamped by the employer which states the applicant's

income. For those who wish to extend or cancel their work permit, materials to certify the applicant's

income including tax clearance certificates, bank statements and the employer's payroll records should

also be provided.


(5) Applicants who have entered the Chinese mainland but do not fall into any of the above-mentioned

category should apply for the permit following the procedures of applying for a work permit outside of

China.


(6) Applicants should provide the original copies of all materials submitted to the online application

system for verification when collecting the work permit. The digital versions of submitted materials

should be identical to their original copies. Photocopies are not required. The original copies of letters of  

promise are not required.


4. Required materials for applying for Foreigner's Work Permit or Foreign Expert Invitation Letter (for a working period of 90 days or less)

No.

Required

materials


Original/

Photocopy


Numberof

copies

Hard copy/Digital copy


Requirements


Notes


1

Application Form

for Foreigner's

Work Permit or

Application Form

for Foreign

Expert Invitation

Letter


Original


1


Hard copy/

Digital


Fill in the form

online and print it

for signing. After it

is signed by the

applicant (the form

signed by the

applicant is sent

back via fax or mail)

and stamped by the

employer, upload it

to the system.


The applicant

must promise

that he or she has a clean police

record.


2

Labor or project

contract,

cooperation deal

or invitation

letter issued by

the employer


Original


1


Digital


The document

should include the

applicant's name,

nationality,

workplace address,   working duration,

and job

responsibilities.

Clarifications are

needed if the

applicant has

multiple workplace

addresses or

multiple entries into

China.


The employer

should clarify the

budget for

inviting the

applicant,

promise the

authenticity of

the employment,

and guarantee

that the expenses incurred during

the applicant's

stay in China will

be paid.


3

Applicant's

passport or other

international

travel documents


Original


1


Digital


The personal

information page on

the passport or

other international

travel documents

should be provided.



4

Other materials

as required


Original


1


Digital



Supporting

materials of the

applicant's

qualification for

Category A

foreign talents

should be

submitted while

applying for a

Foreign Expert

Invitation Letter.


Please note:

(1) Applicants accredited as high-end foreign talents (Category A) are eligible to apply for a Foreign

Expert Invitation Letter. The accompanying personnel of the applicant should also submit their personal

information and supporting materials.


(2) Applicants of short-term Foreigner's Work Permit (for a working period of 90 days or less) are allowed to work for multiple employers. All the workplace addresses should be listed in the application.


(3) Applicants should obey the approved duration of stay. Overstaying is not allowed.


(4) Holders of Z Visa (work visa) who may stay in China for less than 30 days do not need to apply for a

working residence permit. If the duration of stay is 30 days or more, the holders should apply for a

working residence permit in place of the work visa.


(5) Holders of Foreign Expert Invitation Letter can apply for F Visa and are not required to apply for a

working residence permit after entering the Chinese mainland.


(6) If the applicant is engaged in an occupation that requires pre-approval from an industry authority or

a professional qualification certificate, a letter of approval issued by the industry authority or a

professional qualification certificate should be provided.


(7) Except for passport or international travel documents, all materials that are not in Chinese should have a translated version stamped by the employer provided (materials that are not in English should be

translated by a professional translation agency).


(8) All materials and their Chinese translations should be scanned and uploaded to the online application

system.


5. Required materials for applying for extension of Foreigner's Work Permit

If a foreigner holds a work permit which is about to expire and the foreigner's current employer wishes to renew the foreigner's contract, the employer should submit an application for the extension of the Foreigner's Work Permit to the Science, Technology and Innovation Commission of Shenzhen Municipality at least 30 days ahead of the expiration date of the current permit.

No.

Materials

required


Original/

Photocopy


Number of

copies


Hard copy /Digital

copy


Requirements


Notes


1

Application

Form for

Extension of

Foreigner's

Work Permit


Original


1


Hard

copy/

Digital


Fill the form online and

print it. After it is signed by

the applicant and stamped

by the employer, upload it

to the system.



2

Employment  

contract or

employment

certificate


Original


1


Digital


The contract should be in

Chinese and should be

signed by the applicant and stamped by the employer.

No alteration should be

made.



3

Applicant's  

passport,

international

travel

documents, visaor valid

residence permit


Original


1


Digital


The personal information

page, visa page, entry

stamp page or residence

permit page on the

passport or other

international travel

documents should be

submitted.



4

Foreigner's  

Work Permit


Original


1


ID   card



This may

include a valid Foreign

Expert

Certificate

and Alien

Employment

Permit.


5

Others materials as required






Please note:

(1) If the applicant is engaged in an occupation that requires pre-approval from an industry authority, a

letter of approval issued by the industry authority should be provided.


(2) If the applicant still works for the same employer but the applicant's position has changed or has been

promoted to a managerial position from a professional one, a certificate of the alteration of the

applicant's position should be provided when the applicant applies for the extension of Foreigner's Work

Permit.


(3) Applicants who have their jobs changed should apply for a new Foreigner's Work Permit.


(4) Applicants accredited as high-end foreign talents (Category A) should submit relevant supporting

materials when applying for the extension of Foreigner's Work Permit.


(5) All materials and their Chinese translations should be scanned and uploaded to the online application

system.


(6) Applicants aged over 60 should also submit a letter of guarantee issued by the employer on valid  

health insurance purchased either by the applicant or by the employer.


(7) Applicants who applied for a work permit by meeting certain income standards should also provide

materials certifying their income including tax clearance certificates, bank statements and the

employer's payroll records when applying for the extension.


(8) An applicant can apply for the extension of a Foreigner's Work Permit without submitting original

copies of documents if the applicant meets the following conditions:

-The applicant's talent category remains unchanged;

-The extended duration of stay doesn’t exceed the approved duration of stay of the previous work

permit;

-The applicant's work permit is not applied for by meeting designated income standards or by

accumulating points.

The employer can use the pick-up and delivery service of designated couriers for the replacement of the  

applicant's work permit. All the original copies of application documents should be properly kept for

potential inspections within the validity duration of the work permit.


6. Required materials for applying for alteration of Foreigner's Work Permit

If the applicant's personal information (such as name, passport number, job or talent category) or other items are changed, an application should be submitted to the Science, Technology and Innovation Commission of Shenzhen Municipality within 10 working days from the date of the alteration.

No.


Materials required


Original/

Photocopy


Number of

copies

Hard copy/

Digital copy


Requirements


Notes


1

Application Form

for Alteration of

Foreigner's Work

Permit


Original


1


Hard copy/

Digital


Fill in the form online and print it. After it is

stamped by the

employer and signed by the applicant,

upload it to the

system.



2

Credentials

supporting the

application for the

alteration of

related items


Original


1


Digital


Please refer to the

notes below for

specific

requirements.



3

Foreigner's   Wor

Permit


Original


1


ID Card



This may

include a valid

Foreign Expert

Certificate and

Alien

Employment

Permit.


4

Other materials as

required







Please note:

(1) Applicants whose passport or international travel document number has altered should provide the

number of the new document as well as the personal information page and visa page of the new passport or international travel document.


(2) If the applicant still works for the same employer but the applicant's position has changed or has been

promoted to a managerial position from a professional one, a letter of alteration application and

corresponding certification materials should be provided. Other documents required by national laws and

regulations should be provided accordingly.


(3) Applicants who have their jobschanged should cancel the current work permit and apply for a new

work permit.


(4) All materials and their Chinese translations should be scanned and uploaded to the online application

system. Applicants should provide the original copies of all materials submitted to the online application

system for verification when collecting the work permit. The digital versions of submitted materials

should be identical to their original copies. Photocopies are not required.


7. Required materials for applying for cancellation of Foreigner's Work Permit

If a Foreigner's Work Permit is not renewed before it expires, the work permit will be canceled automatically. If a work permit is revoked or withdrawn in accordance with the law, it will be canceled by the Science, Technology and Innovation Commission of Shenzhen Municipality. If an applicant deceases, is incapacitated or terminates the contract in advance, the employer should apply for cancellation of the work permit within 10 working days from the date the circumstance takes place. If the employer terminates operation, the applicant may apply to the Commission for cancellation of the work permit.

No.


Materials required


Original/

Photocopy


Number of copies

Hard copy/

Digital

copy


Requirements


Notes


1

Application Form for Cancellation of Foreigner's Work

Permit


Original


1


Hard copy/

Digital


Fill in the form online and print it. After it is stamped by the employer, upload it to the system.



2

Documents   certifying the termination of employment and contract, or other circumstances   related to the cancellation


Original


1


Digital


Documents certifying the termination of employment and contract should be signed by both

parties.


If an applicant   resigns without notifying the applicant's employer and the employer cannot contact the applicant, the employer should provide extra materials for  explanation.

Please note:

(1) If an applicant's employer has terminated operations in accordance with the law, the applicant's Application Form for Cancellation of Foreigner's Work Permit does not need to be stamped by the   employer, but materials certifying the employer's termination of operations and inability to apply for the cancellation of Foreigner's Work Permit, as well as the applicant's personal statement about the cancellation of the work permit and the applicant's work permit should be provided.


(2) If an applicant's Foreigner's Work Permit has been canceled, the Science, Technology and Innovation Commission of Shenzhen Municipality will issue a certificate of cancellation upon application.


(3) Applicants who applied for a work permit by meeting certain income standards should also provide   materials certifying their income including tax clearance certificates, bank statements and the employer's payroll records when applying for the cancellation.


(4) All materials and their Chinese translations should be scanned and uploaded to the online application system. Applicants should provide the original copies of all materials submitted to the online application system for verification when collecting the cancellation receipt. The digital versions of submitted materials should be identical to their original copies. Photocopies are not required.


8. Required materials for applying for replacement of Foreigner's Work Permit

Applicants who need to apply for replacement of a Foreigner's Work Permit should publish a statement on the Service System for Foreigners Working in China on the date the permit is lost or found lost, then apply for replacement to the Science, Technology and Innovation Commission of Shenzhen Municipality. If the permit is damaged, the applicant must bring with him or her the current work permit when applying for a replacement.

No.


Required materials


Original/

Photocopy


Number of copies


Hard copy/

Digital copy


Requirements


Notes


1

Application Form for Replacement of Foreigner's Work Permit


Original


1


Hard copy/

Digital


Fill in the form online and print it. After it is stamped by the employer and signed by the

applicant, upload it to the system.


2

Statement about the loss or

damage of the work permit


Original


1


Digital



Materials that are not in Chinese should also have a translated version stamped by the employer.

3

Foreigner's Work Permit


Original


1


ID Card



This applies to applicants whose work permit is damaged. This may include a valid Foreign Expert Certificate and Alien Employment Permit.

Please note:

All materials and their Chinese translations should be scanned and uploaded to the online application system. Applicants should provide the original copies of all materials submitted to the online application system for verification when collecting the replaced work permit. The digital versions of submitted materials should be identical to their original copies. Photocopies are not required.


IV. Application procedures

1. Online application

Employers should log into the system (http://fwp.safea.gov.cn/), submit application information and upload relevant materials. Those who authorizea service agency to submit an application at a service window should submit online information including the name of the service agency, its legal registration certificate (such as business license, organization code certificate, social insurance registrationcertificateor the certificate of foreign enterprise’s permanent office in China), the authorizedperson and the ID card number and phone numberof the authorized person. A letter of authorizationissued by the employer and documents to certify the identity of the authorized person should also be submitted at the service window.


2. Online preliminary review

The Science, Technology and Innovation Commission of Shenzhen Municipality shall conduct a preliminary review of the materials submitted online within 5 working days from the date of submission (the date of submission is not counted). If the materials are not complete or the contents do not meet relevant requirements, the Commission shallnotify the applicant online of the missing materials the applicant needs to provide.


3. Acceptance

The Science, Technology and Innovation Commission of Shenzhen Municipalityshould make a decision regarding the acceptance of the application after a preliminary review of the materials. If an application does not fall within the authority of the Commission, the application will be rejected, and the reason of rejection will be provided. If an application falls within the authority of the Commission and all required materials are complete and meet relevant requirements, the application shallbe accepted and an electronic receipt will be issued. If the application materials are not complete or do not meet certain requirements, the Commission shallinform the applicant of the missing materials he or she needs to provide. The application will be accepted if the applicant later provides all required materials within the allotted time.


4. Review

The Science, Technology and Innovation Commission of Shenzhen Municipality shallfurther review the application materials within 7 working days after accepting the application (the date of acceptance is not counted).


5. Decision

A decision on whether to approve the application of a Notification Letter of Foreigner’s Work Permit or a Foreigner’s Work Permit will be made. If an application is approved, a Notification Letter of Foreigner’s Work Permit will be generated online automatically. Applicants should apply to collect the work permit within 15 days of their entry into the Chinese mainland. The original copies of materials such as employment contract or employment certificate, working experience certificates, certificate of no criminal record, health check certificate and certificate of highest degree should be provided for verification upon collecting the work permit. An applicant’s employer should collect the work permit on behalf of the applicant within10days after the application is approved. Applications that do not meet relevant requirements or standards will be rejected. If it is rejected, a written letter will be issued explaining the reason of rejection and informing the applicant and his/her employer of their rights to apply for administrative reconsideration or to bring an administrative lawsuit according to the law.

The Science, Technology and Innovation Commission of Shenzhen Municipality may streamline the on-site materials verification process of certain employers and applicants applying for the extension of a Foreigner's Work Permit based on their credit records.


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A flow chart of the procedures of applying for a Foreigner's Work Permit


V. Service charge

Free of charge


VI. Application website

http://fwp.safea.gov.cn/


VII. Application progress tracking

http://fwp.safea.gov.cn/or iShenzhen APP


VIII. Application result tracking

http://fwp.safea.gov.cn/or iShenzhen APP

Required materials for employers or authorized service agencies to register an account at:https://fwp.safea.gov.cn/ 


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