The Beijing Labor Bureau published a new requirement that went into effect February 1, 2013.  Under this requirement, every new work permit application for a foreign national hire must be submitted in person by a dedicated employee from the employing/sponsoring company.  Details on how the Beijing Labor Bureau will implement this new requirement is not immediately available.  Thus far, the authority has offered the following guidance so that employers can prepare.

Ideally the dedicated employee will be from the local HR or recruiting team.  In case the employer does not have an HR or recruiting function in Beijing, it should assign an employee who has basic background knowledge of the foreign national applicant and the work to be performed in Beijing.  When submitting the application, the dedicated employee must bring an ID card, a business card/employee card, and an introduction letter from the company as identification documents. 

This new requirement applies to Employment License and Foreign Expert License applications.  In cases where the foreign national is transferred to Beijing from another city and holds an existing work permit, the new application in Beijing will also be subject to the new requirement. Subsequent applications to be submitted to the Beijing Labor Bureau will not be affected. 

Employment Permit applications for Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan residents are also not affected by this new requirement.

For a newly established company that has not hired any local staff, the Beijing Labor Bureau will consider each application on a case-by-case basis and may accept an application filed by a third party.