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Can foreign workers work for short-term periods in mainland China?

Foreigners are allowed to work in China by means of secondment from overseas headquarters. However, the procedure is not simple, as the China-based subsidiary needs to submit a secondment letter – instead of a letter of intention of employment.

Furthermore, this policy only applies to a limited number of locations. It may therefore be challenging for enterprises with complex operational systems and internal mobility programmes. As a matter of fact, this remains a challenging issue for workers who come to China for short-term projects – very common especially for enterprises conducting R&D activities.