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As of February 28, 2018, foreign companies must submit work permit renewal applications for their foreign workers at least 30 days before his or her work permit expires, according to a notice from SAFEA. If the company misses the deadline to renew the work permit, the company will need to follow the procedures for applying for a new work permit.

Given that it takes about 15 work days to renew a work permit and seven work days to renew a residence permit, as well as another five work days if that company has not yet registered on the online system, companies are advised to begin the renewal process 60-90 days before the work permit’s expiry date. To renew a work permit, the company must provide the labor bureau with a renewal application form along with the employee’s labor contract, passport, residence permit, and current work permit.

Applying for a new work permit under China’s recently revised system is much more costly and time consuming than renewing one, requiring a notarized university degree, proof of employment, a medical test, and a criminal record check, among other documents. This process takes a minimum of three weeks to a month, but in practice can take up to three months or longer.

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