I just got graduated from Wuhan and Started working in Shanghai. My work permit is in process, after getting it, I planned to apply for residence permit but the counter guy at pudong bureau told me that, i cannot apply for residence permit like this, I need to go back to my country and get Z visa first? As far as i know, many people get residence permit directly without exiting China, Any suggestions or solution?
Unfortunately, it depends on the country of citizenship.
It used to be that everyone, regardless of where they are from, they must apply for a Z-visa from the home country’s Chinese embassies/consulates, enter China, and convert the Z-visa to a work permit and residence permit. So if they were already in China, they must exit China and return later with a Z visa.
That policy is still true for many countries.
However, starting sometime in the 2010s, a select number of countries’ citizens can apply for a work and residence permit without exiting China.
Since it’s covid-times, perhaps you could make a case about how you cannot return to your home country(provide proof of lack of airplane tickets… travel ban)…. your company needs you to start work now in China(provide a statement from the company with company shop/stamp)… and see if they are willing to make an exception for you.
Try different immigration officers on different days. Good luck!
Just Another Expat