How does an expatriate work in Chengdu?

Authors: Go Chengdu


Here's some basic information on how an expatriate works in Chengdu.
A hot land for investment, innovation and business start-up, Chengdu is a city “where your dreams come true”. Home to over 270 Fortune Global 500 companies, Chengdu tops in central and western China in terms of the number, investment volume and industry scope of the companies. It is the fourth pole of China’s economic growth, with a GDP increase 1.4% above the national average. An increasing number of foreign enterprises have set up offices in Chengdu.
How do foreigners apply for jobs in Chengdu?
Application for the Alien Employment License by the Employer
Where to apply: Chengdu Exit and Entry Administration Center, Windows 11-14, Building 3, No.2, Renmin Road West, Qingyang District)
Application for the Z Visa
Foreign nationals with the employment license and the employer’s invitation must apply for the Z Visa to enter China.
Obtain Alien Employment Permit
Apply for alien employment permit at the Chengdu Bureau of Foreign Experts Affairs with relevant materials (including employment contract) within 15 days upon entering China. (Windows 11-14 at Chengdu Exit and Entry Administration Center, Building 3, No.2, Renmin Road West, Qingyang District)
Documents required:
  • Application Letter of Foreign Employees (officially sealed)
  • Registration Form of Foreign Employees (original copy)
  • Alien Employment License (original copy)
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  • Copy of the Employment Contract
  • Copy of Passport (the first page and the Z Visa Page)
  • Health Certification
  • Residence Registration Certification
  • Two recently taken half-length, bareheaded and full-faced 2-inch color photos
  • Academic Certificate
  • Copy of the Employer’s Business License and Organization Code Certificate
(The documents mentioned above must be translated and officially sealed by professional institutes.)
Obtain Residence Permit for Employees
Apply for the permit by submitting documents including Employment Certificate, Health Certificate, and Residence Registration Certificate at the Chengdu Exit and Entry Administration Center within 30 days from the date of entry
Report of Duty

How do foreign students get part-time jobs, internship in Chengdu?
Get permission from the academic institutions
Apply for Residence Permit in the appropriate category at Chengdu Exit and Entry Administration Center

Foreign students should not be employed, engaged in trade or other business activities while studying, but are allowed to participate in work-study programs with the consent of the academic institutions.
Study Visa (X1 Visa) is granted to those who come to China for study, training or internship for six months or more; Visitor’s Visa (F Visa) is granted to those who come to China for short-term training, internship for no more than 180 days.

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