Apply For “Work Visa” After Cancelling Epidemic Control?

Now Shenzhen   |   March 22, 2023

The employment procedure (commonly referred to as “work visa”) has returned to the normal process and requirements after China cancelled epidemic prevention.

Today we will elaborate the details of “work visa” new application in Shenzhen.

Foreigner’s Requirements

  1. Being at least 18 years old and healthy, with no criminal record, employed by a certain employer in China and obtaining the professional skills or certain level of knowledge necessary for the job.
  2. They are professionals in urgent need in China and the work they are engaged in is in line with the needs of China’s economic and social development.
  3. If the laws and regulations provide otherwise for foreigners to work in China, the provisions shall apply.

Employer Requirements

(Pic source: SIS website)
  1. Being an organization established according to the laws, with no record of serious violation of law or discredit; The foreigner should be employed in a position with special needs, and there is a temporary shortage of suitable candidates in the country, and the position does not violate the relevant state regulations; the wages and salaries paid to the foreigner should not be lower than the local minimum wage standard.
  2. Duly pre-approved by the competent departments as confined by the laws and regulations, if applicable.


Procedure of applying outside of China

  1. Notification Letter of Work Permit, 15 work days;
  2. Z Visa, please confirm with Chinese embassy/consulate;
  3. Physical Examination,5/2 work days;
  4. Temporary Accommodation Registration Form, 1 work day;
  5. Work Permit and Residence Permit, about 15-22 work days.


Notification Letter of Work Permit

  1. Passport;
  2. More than two years’ Work Experience Certificate;
  3. Highest Diploma Certificate ;
  4. Consular Authentication Certificate of Highest Diploma Certificate;
  5. Consular Authentication Certificate of Non-criminal Record Certificate issued within recent half year;
  6. Full-faced digital color photo with blue background within half year;
  7. Health certificate of Shenzhen port hospital within half a year (you can use commitment letter to take place before entering China) ;
  8. Employment contract;
  9. Translations of all foreign documents except passports;
  10. Application form;
  11. Information form;
  12. Other supplementary documents may be required due to different foreign applicants.

Z Visa

Need to apply in Chinese embassy/consulate.

The following is an example of Z visa application from the Chinese Embassy in Singapore (Requirements can vary from country to country, please confirm with the Chinese consulate of the application country.)

Application Materials:

  1. Application form completed online (print-out of the full form);
  2. Original passport and copy of the information page;
  3. 1 photo;
  4. Certificate of lawful stay or residence permit in Singapore (for citizens of other countries who are in Singapore);
  5. Original Chinese passport or original Chinese visa (for those who had Chinese nationality and later joined a foreign nationality);
  6. Certificate of COVID-19 vaccination with verifiable QR code;
  7. Effective “Notification Letter of Foreigner’s Work Permit” or the original “Foreigner’s Work Permit”.

Scan the QR to check details:

Physical Examination

Hospital Name: 深圳市口岸医院( Shenzhen Port Hospital)


Fee: About 480RMB(5 work days) ; Urgent:About 720RMB (2 work days).

Documents required:

1. Original passport, photo page and visa page copies.

2. Three 2-inch color photos.

Temporary Accommodation Registration Form

Please ask local police station for details, the normal documents are as follows:

1. Lease contract;

2. One photo with blue-background;

3. Original Passport.

You can also do it online by scanning the following QR code:

Work Permit and Residence Permit

  1. All hard copies of documents for Notification Letter of Work Permit;
  2. Z visa and latest entry stamp page;
  3. Visa Digital Photo Receipt of Guangdong Province, signed by the applicant;
  4. Passport, original;
  5. Temporary accommodation registration form, original and copy;
  6. Health certificate of Shenzhen port hospital within half a year, original and copy;
  7. Residence permit investigation form;
  8. One 2-inch blue background photo, size 48*33mm;
  9. Visa application form with company seal and the applicant’s signature;
  10. Guarantee Letter with company seal and the applicant’s signature;
  11. Work permit for foreigners; original and copy;
  12. Other materials required by the Public Security Bureau.


1. How long validity is the Non-criminal records?

Half year.

2. Re the non-criminal records, can i use the state one instead of whole country one?

Yes. Shenzhen is acceptable.

3. Can I use the foreign consulate authentication for diploma and non-criminal records?

Yes. Either Chinese consulate or foreign consulate’s authentication is acceptable.

4. Can I use part-time work experience?

No. Only full-time job is acceptable.

5. Do I need to take physical examination before entering China?

No need. Can use commitment letter to take place of physical examination report before coming to China.

6. Is it acceptable for hotel temporary registration form?

Yes for new application.