Can I apply for a Chinese mainland Work Visa if I’m not in my own country?
From within a third country
If you are living in a country that is not your own while on a work or study visa for that country then you can indeed apply for a Chinese Z Visa, aka Work Visa, from there. However, if you are on any other kind of visa then your application will most likely be denied. This also applies if you are in Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan.
There are cases in which some people have obtained a Work Visa in a country that is not their own, but this differs from place to place and case to case. You could always try, of course, but it is highly likely that you will be rejected.
From within the Chinese mainland
If you are in the Chinese mainland then you should leave to apply for a Work Visa from your own country. It is technically illegal (or at least forbidden) to get a Chinese mainland Work Visa otherwise.
Some visa agencies may claim to offer a visa conversion service, switching from X, L, F or M Visas to Z Visas, but if they do this, they will be using illegal (or extra-legal) channels and connections, which can lead to problems down the line. If you have an unreliable agency they could rip you off for your visa conversion fee, or even get you caught up in a situation where you end up with your record marked by the authorities, making it difficult for you to reapply legally.
Useful Chinese words and phrases
|境内变签||jìngnèi biànqiān||Visa type conversion within Chinese mainland|
|工作签证||gōngzuò qiānzhèng||Work Visa|
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