For applying for a Z visa, the applicant needs to submit the following materials:
– The original and a photocopy of an Invitation Letter by a Duly Authorized Unit, or a Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by an authorized Chinese agency, and one of the following documents:
A. Foreigner Employment Permit issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of China;
B. Foreign Expert Confirmation Document issued by State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs of China;
C. Letter of Invitation to Foreigners for Offshore Petroleum Operations in the People’s Republic of China issued by China National Offshore Oil Corporation;
D. Registration Certificate of Foreign Enterprises’ Permanent Representative Offices in China issued by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, or the approval document for the permanent representative offices of foreign enterprises issued by related commercial departments;
E. Approval document issued by the Ministry of Culture for those who come to China for commercial performances.
F. Invitation Letter by a Duly Authorized Unit or a Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by the Foreign Affairs Office of a province (autonomous region, city).
Accompanying family members of foreigners working in China should submit an Invitation Letter by a Duly Authorized Unit or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by an authorized Chinese agency, and proof of kinship, . marriage certificate, birth certificate, etc. There is no need for them to submit documents of employment permit.
* Z Visa holders must apply for a residence permit at the local public security authorities within 30 days of entry into China.
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