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Q: If someone has permanet resident permit ? Is he still need work permit to survive in China?

8 years 12 weeks ago in  Visa & Legalities - Shanghai

 
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If you want to work you will need a work permit; to live in the country long-term you need a resident permit.

 

I can't see any reason why you would need a work permit if you are not planning to work.

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One of my pet projects here, and also one reason to visit this site, is to make sure people call a spade by its proper name, spade.

 

That said, if by a permanent resident permit (and it is not resident, but residence) you mean the one issue by PSB while you are in China for various reasons, I would tell you that there is not such a thing as a permanent one.  The proper name is temporary residence permit, issued for periods of 6 months up to 5 years, normally granted for 1 or 2 years at a time.

 

and if you mean a resident visa (D type), those are very hard to get, and in order to do so you must already have about 5 years minimum of residence in China, and not only married to a local but have made significant contributions for the betterment of China in their opinion, not yours.  One of the requirements is economic investments, and as I heard last, to the tune of $ 3 to $5 million US dollars.

 

And for your question now, it is my understanding that for a foreigner to work legally in China, the foreigner ,must have a work permit and a residence permit.  Since even with the D visa you are not a Chinese national. but a foreigner, some officials may say you do need a work permit, and others may say you do not.  The Law so far does not say clearly if you do or not, so I can't give you a definitive answer. 

 

Remember, a visa allows you to enter China, a residence permit allows you to live in China for a period of time, a work permit allows you to work in China.  It does depends on what you plan to seek the proper visas and permits.

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Seeing how others have done an excellent job of answering this question seriously, time for me to come along with an improper offering such as:

 

"Not unless you want to be staying under a bridge, relaying on the good graces of those who pass you by."

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How do I get a work permit?

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Gemma, to get a work permit you need an invitation letter offering you a job from a company that is authorised to employ foreigners. You then take that, and associated paperwork to a Chinese embassy (outside China) and they will issue you a Z visa. Once you have a Z visa you can enter China with the intent to work (for the stated company), you then have 30 days to apply to the PSB for a Foreign Expert Certificate (FEC) which will entitle you to work for that listed company, to get the FEC you need your Z visa and some paperwork from the company that is employing you. This will also get you a residence permit.

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