|Residence permit for foreigner in China|
All foreigners in China need a visa. In 2008 China has created stricter rules and started to enforce existing rules more strictly. For example it is quite difficult/impossible to get an F-visa or L-visa for over 30 days at the moment. Possibly this will be relaxed after the Olympic Games, but there is no way to tell at the moment. On this page I give practical information about a Z-visa / Residence permit for foreigner in China. According to the guy at work who helps me, a Z-visa == residence permit. Read more to see a copy of my visa.
If you already have a Z-visa, you probably also have a Foreign Expert Certificate. Before I started to work, my employer helped me to obtain this certificate, which takes the form of a small book, very similar in shape and colors to a passport:
Foreign Expert's Certificate China 2006/2007
Foreign Expert's Certificate China 2008/2009. The inside is also different from before.
Documents Required for extending work Visa:
Foreign Experts Certificate
Important: The photo's need to be 2" with blue background and you need to ask for a special form from the photoshop. This form states that the photo's are yours and includes a barcode. Our photoshop immediately asked me if I wanted that kind of photo, so I guess most shops know about the requirements. Regular photos without this extra form will not be accepted!
My curent visa page
When you are applying for the first time, the flow is this:
It is at the moment (August 2008) extremely difficult to get Foreign Expert Certificate's (and thus Z work visa) for American citizens. Apparently the USA is on some blacklist, together with other countries. Netherlands is no problem.
|Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2008 )|
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