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Q: Can I transfer from a L visa to a Z visa in China?

hi, I am currently in China and being offered a job as a programmer. I have an L visa and the company says I have to go back to my home country and apply from there for a Z visa. is it really not possible to switch in country?

1 year 47 weeks ago in  Business & Jobs - Shenzhen

 
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Not within mainland China. But the company can do the paper work and send you to Hong Kong to get the Z visa.

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You don't necessarily have to go back to your home country but you need to leave Mainland China and apply with an Invitation Letter from your company and a Work Permit. 

 

Good luck. It can be a labyrinth sometimes

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The company is probably telling you what the PSB told them.

 

It's China so for every rule there will be someone who comes out and says they had a different experience in city X but if the people doing your visa are saying you need to go home to apply then that is most likely what they need you to do.

 

 

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It is totally possible to change from an 'L' visa to a Z visa while remaining in China.  However, technically speaking, you aren't supposed to start working until the Work Permit is granted.  I was changed from an L (visitor) to a Z while remaining in China.  I kept up with the 60-day HK visits so as not to violate the L stipulation.  

 

The only caveat to this to date, is that China is now requiring a current criminal background check from all person's country of origin, which typically has to be obtained from a person's home country by him or her directly applying for it at home.  Good luck with that.  Shock

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