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The State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) has set the classification standards for foreigners to work in China, established a feasible and pragmatic foreign talent assessment system concentrating on foreign personnel's ability, performance and contribution with an emphasis on market feedback, international peer evaluation and other market orientations.
Under the new system, the employer and foreign applicant can complete the application and submit necessary supporting documents electronically.
If there is any change in the applicant's personal information (name, passport number, job title, category), the application should be filed with the relevant decision-making body within 10 days after the change.
Applicants can directly apply from within China for the Foreigner's Work Permit if they meet the following requirements.
Foreigners who want to work in China should first get in touch with a valid Chinese employer who has an employment license for foreigners issued by related labour administrative bureaus.
Foreigners who work in China shall obtain work permits and work-type residence permits in accordance with relevant regulations.
The Decision of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security on Amending the Provisions on the Employment Administration of Foreigners in China, as deliberated and adopted at the 116th executive meeting of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security on January 22, 2017, upon deliberation with and the consent of the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Commerce, is hereby issued and shall come into force on the date of issuance.