China Work Permits for Americans

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Obtaining a China work permit is mandatory for Americans to legally work in China. An Employment Visa or China work permit to get a job legally in China requires a Z Visa from a Chinese embassy or consulate. The Z visa (China work permit) is the only valid work visa. Sponsorship from an employer is needed in order to obtain a Z visa. Z visas are typically valid for one year, and may be renewed in China with appropriate application materials outlined by the Chinese government’s requirements for obtaining a China work permit (for further details see www.bjgaj.gov.cn). The Z visa is available in both single-entry and multiple-entry forms. Some prospective teachers come to China to share both the American language as well as the American culture, and enter China on tourist visas before formally committing to a position. After finding a position, they then obtain the sponsorship documents necessary to receive a Z visa; however, these documents are not a China work permit and they may have to leave the country in order to reenter China on a Z visa.

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Obtaining a China work permit is mandatory for Americans to legally work in China . An Employment Visa or China work permit to get a job legally in China requires a Z Visa from a Chinese embassy or consulate.

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The Z visa (China work permit) is the only valid work visa. Sponsorship from an employer is needed in order to obtain a Z visa.

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Z visas are typically valid for one year, and may be renewed in China with appropriate application materials outlined by the Chinese government’s requirements for obtaining a China work permit (for further details see www.bjgaj.gov.cn). The Z visa is available in both single-entry and multiple-entry forms.

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Some prospective teachers come to China to share both the American language as well as the American culture, and enter China on tourist visas before formally committing to a position.

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After finding a position, they then obtain the sponsorship documents necessary to receive a Z visa; however, these documents are not a China work permit and they may have to leave the country in order to reenter China on a Z visa.

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In most cases the potential employer or employer will promise to help the teacher obtain the Z visa in China to work legally. The employer will take the teacher’s passport during this process, leaving the teacher without a passport for a potentially lengthy period. This may be a stressful time for any American.

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The length of time it takes to obtain a Z visa in China varies by region. In Beijing the process for the China work permit generally takes five business days. Prospective teachers should check with the local Public Security Bureau (PSB) for the normal or average length of time it takes to process a Z visa application in other locations around China.

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Institutions that take passports for a lengthy period may be trying to obtain visas through illegal means and should be avoided. If you feel this is happening, contact your nearest American embassy or American consulate. Until a valid China work permit, Z visa, is issued, it is illegal to teach, even though a school or institute might apply pressure to do so during this period.

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Prospective teachers planning to enter China on tourist visas and not a valid China work permit should also be aware that tourist visas are generally valid for only 30-90 days. If the necessary documents are not obtained before the tourist visa expires, you are required to leave the country (You can be sure this has happened to many Americans who have taken the China work permit procedure lightly).

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Further information on obtaining a China work permit or Z visa and a complete list of required documents is available on the website of the Chinese Embassy in the United States at http://www.chinaembassy.org/eng/hzqz/zgqz/t84245.htm. This information is not limited to only Americans.

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Although it is encouraged, a U.S. State Department official said that Americans working in China are not required to register their status with the United States, so it’s not exactly clear how many American expats (expatriates) are employed in China. The Chinese haven’t made it clear, either, how many Americans are working in their country. China work permits are not heavily monitored by the U.S. or Chinese governments.

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