Employment of Foreigners (Including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Residents) in China (Cont'd)
Can a foreigner employed in China freely travel to other cities in China?
Yes, as long as the relevant procedures (see our Bitesize of 30 October 2013 for details) for legal employment and residence of a foreigner in China are completed, the foreigner can travel with a valid passport and the appropriate visa.
Can a foreigner employed in China change his/her place of work, e.g., be seconded to work in a branch company of his/her PRC employer in a locality other than that in which his/her PRC employer is located?
Yes, as long as the foreigner's work permit and work certificate are updated accordingly.
Subject to local rules, the relevant procedure is generally as follows:
If the foreigner relocates to the locality in which the branch company is located, his or her residence permit must be updated as well.
Can a foreigner's family (e.g., spouse, children) accompany him/her during the period of his/her work in the PRC?
Yes, as long as the relevant family member enters the PRC with a valid passport and visa, and obtains a residence permit from the local public security bureau within 30 days of entering the PRC.
Must the foreigner's family obtain a Z visa in order to accompany him/her during the period of his/her work in the PRC?
Generally, no. Subject to the period of residence in the PRC, members of the foreigner's family may enter the PRC with an S1 visa (valid for more than 180 days) or an S2 visa (valid for up to 180 days).
"Immediate family members" (i.e., spouse, parents, sons or daughters under the age of 18, parents-in-law) can apply for the S1 visa; while "family members" (i.e., spouse, parents, sons and daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers and sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law) can apply for the S2 visa.
Is any special document required for a family member to accompany the foreigner during the period of his/her work in the PRC?
Yes, subject to different local practice, the following documents are generally required:
Can a member of the foreigner's family be employed in the PRC when accompanying the foreigner during the period of his/her work in the PRC?
No, not unless the foreigner's family member has completed the relevant application procedures and obtained his or her work permit and work certificate from the local labour bureau. The foreigner's family member must also update his or her residence permit with the local public security bureau.
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