If you are a foreigner working in China and looking for a new employer, here is the guide on how to transfer your work permit from company A to company B!
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WORK PERMIT, RESIDENCE PERMIT AND WORK VISA:
VISA is short for Visitor's Intend to Stay Abroad. It is a document that gives people the right to enter or leave the country for which it was issued. In China visas are stamped into the passport.
There are two work visa categories in China:
Work permit is a general term for any legal authorization which allows people to take employment. You need to apply for it after you have entered the country. Work permit isn’t stamped inside of the passport, it looks like a separated laminated card.
Residence permit allows people to reside in China and to enter and leave the country an unlimited number of times. You need to apply for it after you have entered the country. In China residence permits are stamped into the passport.
How to transfer your work permit:
Step 1: Cancel the current work permit
Your resignation will go accordingly with the terms stated in your current contract, it may take a few days or weeks before you work your final day.
Your current employer should enter the online government system and access the cancellation forms. You will need to sign an ‘APPLICATION FORM FOR CANCELLATION OF FOREIGNER’S WORK PERMIT’, and a “MEMORANDUM OF LABOUR RELATIONS”, to state that you are stopped working for company A. Both documents have to be signed and stamped in original, a photocopy or scanned versions aren’t allowed.
After the work permit has been cancelled, your current employer will receive a ‘FOREIGNER’S WORK PERMIT CANCELLATION CERTIFICATE’. You will need to provide this document to your new employer in order to start the application for your new work permit with the new company.
Step 2: Apply for a new work permit
If it is the case, you will be able to stay in China during the application process and will not need to apply for a new Z or R visa.
If you want to apply for a new occupation: first, you must leave China and re-enter on a new Z or R visa. And second, you might be rejected a new work permit if you fail to provide all the documents proving that you are qualified for the new occupation.
WHAT YOU MUST TAKE SERIOUSLY IF YOU WANT TO GET A WORK PERMIT WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS:
Transferring your work permit might be a complicated issue both for you and your employers, the entire process takes between one and two months and it is often full of unforeseen issues and formalities. Many employers prefer to reduce the risks and entrust the services to a third party to assist in the work permit transfer process. Opportunity Guide has helped thousands of employees to successfully obtain their work permits and visas in China! Get in touch now to apply for our FREE VISA service!
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