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My employer is planning on arranging for me to obtain my visa on arrival in Shanghai.

I'll be carrying all of my hard copies with me.

Has anyone done this?  Any quirks or problems I should be aware of and try to prepare for?

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RUN!!!

As fast as you can!!!!

Meaning - if your 'employer' isn't organising the visa and doing all the paperwork before you get here, I'd question the legitimacy of any 'employer' expecting you to do this!

https://www.visaforchina.org/LON_EN/generalinformation/news/270985.shtml

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_China

 

As you can see in the above, the Visa on Arrival is ONLY for a short stay, WITH an onward ticket. It is NOT meant to allow entry prior to employment.

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sainthood,

Thanks for the warning.  Does this mitigate it? I am coming from a third country, not my own.  They will have applied for the visa, and gotten approval before I board the plane.

They have been very thorough, regarding documents, approvals, authentications, etc.  The only thing is that I would get my visa on arrival, already approved.

I see the first link you provided was only regarding transit visas.

I dug a little further and found this:

"17th Mar 2017, Important Notice 1: From 23rd March 2017, the new “Foreign Work Permit” policy will start in Shanghai. Every company needs to register a new account in the new system. It takes at least 5 working days. "

"Important Notice 2: From 23rd March 2017, the new “Foreign Work Permit” system will start in Shanghai"

 

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You're in a Hangzhou forum. Hangzhou is NOT Shanghai. Therefore, the system referred to above does NOT (yet) apply for businesses in Hangzhou.

If they're trying to get you to work in Hangzhou, but giving you a Shanghai Work Permit, you will be working here illegally (because, you won't be working for an employer that has the right to hire foreigners in Hangzhoui!)

 

"I am coming from a third country, not my own.  They will have applied for the visa, and gotten approval before I board the plane"

Yeah... and pigs fly! What happens if you don't have that 'approval' before you board the plane? And, how will you know that they actually have that approval?

Here's the official Shanghai PSB website - for all your Shanghai Resident Permit information http://crj.police.sh.cn/jx_type_en.jsp

(and, just to make things clear, here's their link to the 'information' page... http://crj.police.sh.cn/xczl.jsp

If this is your first trip to China, get used to this... ).

 

so - the ultimate question is - are you working in Shanghai, or in Hangzhou?

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