Foreign Experts Certificate
2005/12/02

    Foreign Experts Certificate, applied by foreign experts themselves or their employers, is the identification card for alien professionals in China. The longest validity period of certificate is five years for every issuance. With `Foreign Experts Certificate', it will be unnecessary to apply for `Alien Employment Permit' and the foreign experts can enjoy honorable treatment accorded by Chinese government.
    The application for `Foreign Experts Certificate' is free of charge. If the applicant is qualified and can provide complete and authentic materials, the application process only takes three working days.

Applicant's Documents
If the applicant has been issued Z Visa before entry into China or 'Residence Permit' after entry into China, he or she shall:
    1.Submit Application Form for 'Foreign Experts Certificate' (download from the website of Guangzhou Foreign Experts Bureau)
    2.Submit valid Z Visa for verification together with a photocopy sealed by the employer. (For those who have been issued Z Visa)
    3.Submit valid 'Alien Residence Permit' for verification together with a photocopy sealed by the employer. (For those who have been issued 'Alien Residence Permit')
    4.Submit valid passport for verification together with a photocopy sealed by the employer
    5.Submit a photocopy of Business License or CodeCertificate of Legal Person Organization  
    6.Submit 2 recent passport sized photographs (one inch half-length, bareheaded and full-faced)
    7.Submit valid passports of the family members for verification together with a photocopy of each person, and 2 recent taken one inch half-length, bareheaded and full-faced photos of each person.

    If the applicant has not been issued Z Visa before entry into China or 'Residence Permit' after entry into China, he or she shall:
    1.Submit Application Form for Foreign Experts Certificate (download from the website of Guangzhou Foreign Experts Bureau)
    2.Submit valid passport for verification together with a photocopy sealed by the employer
    3.Submit valid visa for verification together with a photocopy sealed by the employer
    4.Employment Agreement or Contract:
      (1)Foreign experts in Category I shall submit a photocopy of relevant project agreement or project approval document;
      (2)Foreign experts in Category II shall submit a photocopy of 'Certificate of Authorized Qualification for Employment of Foreign Cultural and Educational Experts' of the employer or the serial number of said Certificate, and the standard employment contract uniformly printed by State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs and concluded with the employer;
      (3)Foreign experts in Category III shall submit a photocopy of Appointment Letter or Employment Contract from the enterprise; 
      (4)Foreign experts in Category IV shall submit a photocopy of approval document for representative offices permanently stationed in China and Appointment Letter for Foreign Representative or other document with same legal force;
      (5)Foreign experts in Category V shall submit a photocopy of Employment Agreement or Contract.
    5.Those who are engaged in particular professional jobs, like doctors, dentists, lawyers and accountants, should submit practicing license or other supporting documents;
    6.Submit the last degree diploma and any other relevant diploma or professional testimonial related to his or her current post (documentations in foreign language shall be produced together with Chinese translation)
    7.Submit a copy of Business License or Code Certificate for Legal Person Organization
    8.Submit 2 recent passport sized photographs (one inch half-length, bareheaded and full-faced).
    9.Those who intend to reside and work in Guangzhou for over one year shall submit the original and a photocopy of 'Health Certificate' issued by Exit and Entry Inspection and Quarantine Bureau of Guangdong Province
    10.Submit valid passports of the family members for verification together with a photocopy of each person, and 2 recent one inch half-length, bareheaded and full-faced photos of each person.

Notice:In applying for `Health Certificate', one should have body checked at Health Care Center of Guangdong International Travel. Tel:38259300/38259322    Address:No.207 Long KouXi Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou.
Updating Data for Foreign Experts Certificate

    Should any changes occur to one's personal data showing on Foreign Experts Certificate, such as passport number, post and residence address, the applicant can ask Guangzhou Foreign Experts Bureau for updating personal data by presenting relevant supporting documents, such as new passport and the employer's official letter.

Renewing Foreign Experts Certificate
`Foreign Experts Certificate' should be renewed when it expires, otherwise it will be invalid. To renew Foreign Experts Certificate, the applicant should submit the employer's official letter, valid employment contract signed by foreign experts and the employer, and valid `Foreign Experts Certificate'.
Reapplying for Foreign Experts
Certificate in Accidental Missing
When one loses the Foreign Experts Certificate, he or she shall make a statement in local newspaper declaring his/her Foreign Experts Certificate void, and then reapply the Certificate by the newspaper with the very announcement andhe employer's official letter.
Experts Certificate Applying for
Hongkong, Taiwan and Macao people
The professional personnel from Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan who are employed in Guangzhou can apply for 'Certificate of Experts from Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan' at Guangzhou Foreign Experts Bureau and enjoy equal honor and treatment as foreign experts. Refer to `Foreign Expert Certificate' for the method of applying for the certificate.

Issuing Authority
Guangzhou Foreign Experts Bureau
Tel:83126037, 83126038
Address: Rm.401/402, 4th Building West, 1 Fuqian Rd., Guangzhou, P. R.China
Zip code: 510032
Website:
http://www.gzfeb.cn
http://guangzhou.caiep.org
Residence Permit
The employer can apply for 'Residence Permit' on behalf of the applicant. However, the first time of application for `Residence Permit' must be made personally.  (The following information is subject to the promulgation by Division of Aliens & Exit-Entry Administration of Guangzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau.)

Applicant's Documents
    1.Original and photocopy of valid passport and visa;
    2.Fill out 'Application Form for Visa, Residence Permit for Foreigners' and on which attach one recent two-inch front-view photo with hat free and upper body;
    3.`Registration Form for Temporary Residence of Overseas Personnel' issued by Public Security Bureau at residential place (except for accommodation at a guesthouse or hotel);
    4.Original and photocopy of valid 'Foreign Experts Certificate' or 'Alien Employment Permit';
    5.Official Letter issued by employer or investing organization;
    6.Investors at Guangzhou shall provide certificate documents such as 'Approval Certificate for Foreign-invested Enterprises' and 'Business License' etc.; personnel employed by governmental organizations and public institutions, shall provide photocopy of valid duplicate of 'Registration Certificate for Legal Person of Public Institutions'; and foreign cultural and educational experts shall provide photocopy of 'Certificate of Authorized Qualification for Employment of Foreign Cultural and Educational Experts' of the employer;
    7.Original 'Health Certificate' issued by Exit and Entry Inspection and Quarantine Bureau of Guangdong Province (submitted by those who are above 18 years old and intend to reside in Guangzhou for over one year); 
    8.Such documents as certificate of family relationship etc. shall be submitted if there are accompanying family members.

Items to be Noticed
    1.In case of modification to items of 'Residence Permit' (such as residence cause, passport number, residential address, employer, accompanying persons etc.), the certificate holder shall handle modification procedure at Division of Aliens & Exit-Entry Administration of Guangzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau within 10 days;
    2.In case the relocation for 'Residence Permit', the certificate holder shall handle relocation procedure at Division of Aliens & Exit-Entry Administration of Public Security Bureau at moving-in or moving-out place within 10 days;
    3.Foreigner who terminates the job in Guangzhou for certain reasons shall timely hand in Foreigners' 'Residence Permit' at its cancellation and apply for relevant visa;
    4.Foreigners holding 'Residence Permit' can reside in China within the valid term of 'Residence Permit' and canalso go into and outside territory of China for multi times;

Issuing Authority
Division of Aliens & Exit-Entry Administration of Guangzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau
Tel: 96110
Address: No.155 Jie Fang Nan Road, Guangzhou
Website:
http://www.gzjd.gov.cn


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