January 14, 2021

New Online Portal for Work Permit Applications in China

In an attempt by the Chinese government to integrate all government services and applications onto one uniform platform, the Expert Bureau is transferring the processing of its work permit applications to a Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) online portal. Effective immediately, the Expert Bureau’s previous online system no longer exists, and the MOST service platform must be used for foreign employees’ work permit applications. At present. the interface for work permit applications remains the same on the new platform as it was on the old, however, this may be subject to change in the future.

Before a company can proceed with submitting an ongoing or new work permit application on the portal, they must complete the online registration and verify their accounts. Additional information may be required, such as providing the company’s legal representative and contact person details.

Employers and applicants should be aware that as the new platform is still in a trial operation stage, there may be interruptions or delays in the registration and verification processes as the roll out progresses.

For further information on the changes to the Chinese online portal for work permit applications, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team.

Leanne Cottrell

Leanne Cottrell

As Head of Immigration with Sterling Lexicon, Leanne leads a team of specialists who are responsible for ensuring the entire immigration process is smooth and stress-free for clients, assignees and their accompanying family members. She brings over ten years of experience in strategic immigration management, planning and consultation to her role, and has cultivated invaluable knowledge and experience in processing countless global migration applications. As a trusted partner, she consults with clients on everything from policy considerations and cost or efficiency improvements, to the impact of opening offices in new locations. Leanne is a frequent presenter and author on global immigration topics and trends.

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