How to apply for a Chinese Q2 family visit visa to a work visa?

To convert a Chinese Q2 family visit visa into a work visa, certain conditions must be met and a specific process must be followed.

Firstly, if a foreigner holding a Q2 visa has direct family members in China and is employed by a company, they can directly apply for a work residence permit, but they need to provide corresponding proof of family relationship. However, if a foreigner holding a Q2 visa is not a direct relative or cannot provide proof of family relationship, they cannot directly apply for a work permit. In this case, they need to first apply for a work permit notice, then apply for a Z visa within the country, then apply for a work permit, and finally apply for a residence permit.

The specific process may include:

Employers need to complete the registration process (which takes approximately 5 working days).
Handle medical examination and accommodation registration.

Applying for a foreigner work permit card (approximately 15 working days).

Go to the local immigration department for a face-to-face interview to obtain a work residence permit visa.

Please note that the above process may vary depending on region and policy. Therefore, before specific operations, it is recommended to consult the local foreign experts bureau or immigration management department of the work company to obtain the most accurate information and guidance.
In addition, applying for a work visa also requires meeting some basic requirements, such as having a bachelor’s degree or above and 2 years or more of relevant work experience. However, for fresh graduates without 2 years of relevant work experience, they may still apply for a work visa based on the C-class judgment criteria for foreigners working in China.

Finally, all application materials should be printed or copied using Letter paper specifications, and the validity period of the passport should be at least 6 months, with 2 or more blank visa pages. At the same time, it is necessary to fill out a complete and signed “Visa Application Form of the People’s Republic of China”, and attach recent, front, and color photos that meet the requirements.

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