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New Deadlines for China Work Permits Renewals

New Deadlines for China Work Permits Renewals

According to the Announcement of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA), all foreigners are required to submit their application for Chinese work permit renewal 30 days ahead of the expiration of their permits. Those who fail to comply will be denied renewal and must start a new application for a work permit.

The Announcement was issued by the SAFEA, not the regional Foreign Experts Bureau, so it applies to any city in China. Under the new regulation, every applicant should clearly know how many days one should prepare for work permit renewal before the current permit expires. Persons applying only a few days before their expiration date for a work permit renewal will absolutely be unable to work.

Applicants should leave sufficient time for the work permit renewal (2-3 months are recommended). Also, preparing documents in advance is recommended. For work permit renewals, proof of non-criminal record and supportive documentation for working experience in an overseas country are not needed; others requirement are the same as for first-time applications.