Visa and Immigration Services
Maxview Realty provides multinational companies and individual expats with a full range of consultation and application services for visas, certificates and permits necessary for living and working in China (services only available for clients who use Maxview residential leasing services).
Chinese Visa Types
A Chinese visa allows you to enter, exit and travel through Chinese territory. The Chinese visa authorities may issue a diplomatic, courtesy, service or ordinary visa to a foreigner according to his identity, purpose of visit to China and passport type. Common visa types include:
Converting a Visa
A L visa or a F visa can be upgraded to a Z work visa under some circumstances, mainly for those who come to Shanghai taking high-ranking job titles, e.g. Rep office chief representative, professors, or vice general manager with their name on the employer's business license of foreign-invested companies.
Getting a Business (F) Visa in Shanghai
If you enter China on a business (F) or a tourist (L) visa and want to stay longer or want to re-enter China for business reasons in the future, we can help you get a new F visa according to your needs. You can apply for a zero-entry, single-entry, double-entry or multiple-entry visa with validity for as long as 1 year.
Applying for Residency
After arriving in Shanghai, you will need to convert your current visa to a residence permit (valid for 1 year). The residence permit validity depends on work permit, so it's strictly in line with the validity of the employment contract.
To apply for the work permit card, you first need to have a health check. The exam includes blood tests for STD's, chest X-rays, a sonogram, vision test, and general health queries. Within a week of the exam you can receive your results.
Work Permit (Red Book):
You will need the following items to get your work permit:
Residence Permit Card (Attached to passport):
Finally, you'll need the following items to obtain this Permit: (Once you move into a local apartment, you have to register at the nearest police station. This registration form will be submitted when applying for a residence permit card.)
If you work in a company with registered capital of under 3 million US dollars, an extra application procedure should be undertaken before entering China.
Employment License and Z visa Notification Letter:
You will send these documents to your HR in Shanghai as below:
You should enter China with Z visa, otherwise you are not allowed to apply for work permit after arrival in China