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Brief Description of Documents Required for Foreigners Applying for Work Visa (Z Visa) in China

According to the regulations announced on the China Consular Affairs website, the required documents for a work visa (Z Visa) are as follows:


Original passport with at least six months of remaining validity and blank visa pages, and a photocopy of the passport’s data page and the photo page if it is separate.

2. Visa Application Form and Photo:

One completed Visa Application Form with a recently-taken color passport photo (bare-head, full face) against a light background attached

3. Proof of legal stay or residence status (applicable to those not applying for the visa in their country of citizenship):

If you are not applying for the visa in the country of your citizenship, you must provide the original and photocopy of your valid certificates or visa of stay, residence, employment or student status, or other valid certificates of legal staying provided by the relevant authorities of the country where you are currently staying.

4. Photocopy:

Photocopy of previous Chinese passports or previous Chinese visas (applicable to foreign citizens those who were Chinese citizens and have obtained foreign citizenship)

5. One of the following documents

(1) Foreigners Employment Permit

(2) Permit for Foreign Experts Working in China or Notification Letter of Foreigners Work Permit in China;

(3) Registration Certificate of Resident Representative Offices of enterprises of foreign countries(regions)

(4) An approval document for commercial performances (only applicable to applicants who come to China for commercial performances)

(5) Letter of Invitation to Foreigners for Offshore Petroleum Operations in China issued by China National Offshore Oil Corporation

  • Receiving Organization: Embassy
  • Duration: 7 working days

Source: China Consular Affairs Website (

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