Work Visa - Z

*** Personal appearance at Chinese Embassy may be required for fingerprinting. Please call for details.

This visa is issued to foreigners who are going to China for a paid job or to undertake commercial entertainment performances in China. Though this visa only allows a stay duration of 30 days, it allows you to remain in China while you and your employer seek a temporary residence permit for the duration of your contract. Note: to apply for a Chinese work visa, you will need to have accepted a job offer in China

Regular service fee per visa:

$109


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Please gather, prepare, and send the following documents

1. Your Passport

You must send your actual passport, which must have at least 8 months of validity remaining and at least two blank visa pages.
Note: The last three pages on the US passport are amendment and endorsement pages. They cannot be used for visa stamp. If your passport doesn't meet the requirement, click here to see our passport services.
+If you are a non-US citizen, ethnically Chinese, or a minor you must also meet these Special Requirements.

2. Photocopy of Passport

You must provide a CLEAR copy of the information page of your passport in addition to your original passport.

3. China Visa Application Form

China visa applications must be completely filled, signed and dated. One form per applicant. Do not leave any areas blank but instead type "N/A" if you don't have an answer to a question, or it does not apply to you.  Print the form out single-sided pages.  REMEMBER to sign your application on the 4th page with blue or black pen.

IMPORTANT - there are TWO versions of the application form.  Select the correct one based on your state of residence: 

Applicants living in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pacific Islands, Puerto Rico, Southern California, and Texas require this application - Click here to download version 1.

Applicants living in all other states require this version - Click here to download version 2.

For help completing your application form, please view our Sample Pre-filled application.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Hand-written application forms ARE NOT accepted by Chinese Embassy/Consulates. You must TYPE your answers in our fill-able PDF form using Adobe reader. If your application form is not typed, CVSC will type it for you for a service fee of $20, AND your application will be delayed by at least 1 business day or longer.  Make sure you complete the correct version of the form based on which state you live in to avoid delays. 

4. Photograph

Attention applicant: the Chinese embassy has issued strict requirements for passport photos. Your application will not be accepted if these requirements are not met.

One passport type photo, against an all-white background, taken by a professional passport photo service. You may print out the requirement and bring it to the photographer for reference. 

OR use our Digital Photo Service for a fast and easy alternative. Take your photo from your home or office using your own camera.  Upload the photo to CVSC and we will take care of the rest to ensure your photo meets the consular requirements. Choose this service when completing your online order form and photo upload instructions will be provided.   

5. Proof of Residency

All applicants must provide a copy of their driver's license or state issued ID card. Under-aged applicants who do not have a Driver's License can submit parent's driver's license instead, along with a copy of the birth certificate.  Images of the front and back side of the ID are required.

6. Job Description (Houston Consulate only)

Applicants residing within AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, OK, MS, Puerto Rico, and TX who are currently employed or attend college in the USA must complete the “Job Description” form. Please download and complete this form. Please type your answers on the fill-able PDF document.

7. Work Permit

Issued by the Labor Department or Foreign Experts Bureau, the Chinese work permit for your China Z visa should be obtained for you by your Chinese employer.

8. Our Order Form

Click here to apply online for your China visa and follow the steps to fill out the China Visa Service Center order form. You will receive payment and mailing instructions when completing the form. After submitting your order, the system will indicate where to mail your materials.

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Start your China work visa application form by following the Chinese Z visa requirements and applying online today!