China: Work permit sponsors subject to new online pre-approval requirement in Beijing

Sponsoring companies in Beijing applying for work permits must apply for pre-approval online prior to submitting applications to the Beijing Labour Bureau on or after January 4, 2016, according to the Labour Bureau’s announcement of a new work permit application system. 

Work Permit Types Subject to New System

Applications for the following work permit types will require online pre-approval system:

  • Short-Term Work Authorization;
  • Employment Licence;
  • Work Permit (including permits for Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao nationals); and
  • Expert Certificate.

The new system will likely prolong work permit processing times.

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

Sponsoring companies should ensure that they complete the following tasks as soon as possible, but definitely prior to January 4:

  • Apply for a digital certificate with the Labour Bureau; and
  • Activate the certificate online and fill in company information.

The Labor Bureau will review each application after the sponsor completes the above steps and makes an appointment to submit the application.