Employment/Work (Z) Visa

Z Visa is issued to an alien who comes to China for a post or employment, and his/her accompanying family members.

Basic Documents
  • Your valid actual passport. The passport must have at least six (6) months validity left before expiration and blank visa pages left in it.
  • One completed China Visa Application Form with ID photo(33mm x 48mm). Application form must be typed and printed. Signature is required on the application in the last page; if the applicant is under 18 years old, parent(s) shall sign for the minor applicant(s).
  • A visa notification issued by the authorized Chinese unit, and a Work Permit for Aliens issued by the Chinese Labor Ministry/Foreign Expert’s License issued by the Chinese Foreign Expert Bureau. A visa notification issued by the authorized Chinese unit or proof of kinship, e.g. marriage certificate, birth certificate, etc, is required for the accompanying family members.
  • Non-US citizens:  photocopy of your legal residence status within the US, with a minimum validity of 6 months. (Green card, I-797, I-94…etc)U.S B1/B2 visas cannot be accepted.
  • An applicant born in China who applies for a Chinese visa with a new foreign passport is required to submit his/her Chinese passport or last foreign passport with a Chinese visa.
  • Apply online and follow the steps to complete the Order Form.
Additional information

A work visa usually have 3 month’s validity that allows the visa holder to enter China. On the visa it says “000” days for stay of duration. The visa holder will be required to get registered in the local public security bureau after entry, then exchange the visa to a resident permit.   If you are a naturalized US citizen, please also provide the passport of your birth country. If that passport is no longer available, please provide all previous (cancelled/voided) US passport(s).

Work permit application in China may require “No Criminal Background Check” and “Diploma” certified by the  Chinese Embassy. Further information can be found under Document Authentication Services .