China Immigration Services


Whether your company is sending employees to China or expanding outside of China to destinations around the world—Fragomen is here to help. Our experienced China immigration professionals partner with you to develop immigration strategies that help you meet inbound immigration needs and manage your regional or global immigration program.

​• The immigration system of the People's Republic of China (PRC) includes mechanisms for temporary stays as well as limited options for foreign nationals to acquire permanent residence. Most foreign nationals must be sponsored for their visa to China. While China has a unified work authorization policy, regional differences and the involvement of multiple government entities for each application step exist.
• Foreign nationals working in China for up to 90 days and conducting work activities (such as technical or scientific research, managing projects, or providing guidance for a cooperating party in China) may use the short-term work permit, subject to certain exceptions. They must apply for a “Z” visa or "R" visa to enter China, which allows them to apply for work authorization upon entry.
​• Long-term work authorization applicants must qualify under certain criteria including a points-based system that categorizes eligibility based on their educational qualifications, position, salary, and work experience. Those who qualify are issued a Work Permit and a work-type Residence Permit. Dependents may accompany the principal work visa holder using an “S” visa.​​
Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.
Fragomen in China is Fragomen (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., operating exclusively as an immigration consultancy and not as a law firm in China.

[email protected]

+86 10 5632 2300

Beijing Branch, Unit E2, 20/F, Tower B Gateway Plaza, No. 18 Xiaguangli, Dongsanhuan North Road, Beijing, 11 11 100027
Beijing, 11
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Fragomen (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.

[email protected]

+86 21 6182 9988

+86 21 6182 9980

Suite 1408, Level 14, Jin Mao Tower
88 Century Avenue
Shanghai, 31 31 200120
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