Are you in a position where you need to choose between U.S. and Chinese citizenship? For example, are you a U.S. green card holder from China considering applying for naturalization in the U.S.? Or are you a person who automatically acquired both Chinese and U.S. citizenship at birth but is now considering renouncing Chinese citizenship? The below table lists some specific factors to consider. Continue reading “Choosing Between U.S. and Chinese Citizenship: Pros and Cons”
For a child born in China with dual U.S. and China nationality, there are various options for documents allowing departure from the country. The trick is that you need to show the immigration inspector in the airport both a travel document issued by the Chinese government and a visa or other document to enter your next destination. Continue reading “U.S. Consulate in Shenyang on Pro Forma Visas for Dual Nationals”
Our law firm can assist you in obtaining a China police certificate. We have assisted many clients in obtaining China police certificates for purposes such as employment background checks or immigration to the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries. Continue reading “China Police Certificates for Foreigners”
AmCham China’s recently published 2017 White Paper on American Business in China recommends that China streamline the process for issuance of police certificates to foreigners. As background, foreigners who have resided in China for work or other purposes may subsequently be required to provide a Chinese certificate of no criminal conviction (CNCC) for purposes such as background checks for employment or immigration to countries such as the US, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.While in some cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, the process to apply for a CNCC is fairly straightforward, in many cities, there is no publicly available procedure for how to apply for a CNCC, and the process can be onerous. Continue reading “AmCham Asks Chinese Government to Streamline Issuance of China Police Certificates to Foreigners”
AmCham China just published its 2017 White Paper on American Business in China. “With uncertainty stemming from political and economic transitions in both the US and China, perceptions of a deteriorating investment environment for foreign companies in China, and a slowing economy, 2017 will likely be one of the most challenging years in decades for U.S. companies in China,” it says. The Visa policy chapter focuses on: Continue reading “AmCham China 2017 White Paper: Visa Policy”
China’s Ministry of Public Security (MPS) announced today that border inspection offices will begin collecting fingerprints from foreign nationals: Continue reading “China Will Collect Foreigners’ Fingerprints at the Border”
China’s transit without visa (TWOV) programs allow a traveler arriving at certain ports of entry to be admitted to China and stay within a specified geographic area for 72 or 144 hours visa-free before continuing their journey to a third country (or region). Continue reading “China’s 72- and 144-Hour Transit without Visa Programs”
Nationality laws regulate the citizenship rights of women who marry, divorce, and have children. Historically, many nationality laws discriminated against women. The Qing Dynasty’s Nationality Law (1909) is but one example: Continue reading “Women Under the Qing Dynasty’s Nationality Law”
This article explains how parents can apply for an Exit and Entry Permit (出入境通行证 churujing tongxingzheng) on behalf of a dual nationality child. Our law firm can assist with the application and advise about other available options. Continue reading “Applying for a PRC Exit and Entry Permit for a Child with Dual Nationality”
Here’s an abstract of a forthcoming article in the UCLA Asian Pacific American Law Journal by Norman P. Ho of the Peking University School of Transnational Law. Continue reading “Chinese Nationality Laws and Reconceptualizing Asian-American Identity”
The State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs (SAFEA) published this plan on Sept. 27, 2016, to combine the existing two tracks to obtain work authorization into a single process. Previously, one track involved applying to the Human Resources and Social Security Bureau for a work permit (就业证), and the other track involved applying to the Foreign Expert Bureau for a foreign expert permit (专家证). The new process will result in issuance of an ID card with a unique ID number for the foreign worker. Continue reading “State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs: Notice on Implementation of Plans for Employment Licenses for Foreigners Coming to China for Work”
Bloomberg is reporting that the Chinese government is planning to create a new agency to regulate immigration. The agency would be formed by “merging and expanding the ministry’s border control and exit-entry administration bureaus and could be set up before year-end.” The story cites as its only source “people with knowledge of the plans.” Continue reading “China Planning New Agency to Regulate Immigration”
Several media outlets reported this week on two teenagers who applied for mainland Chinese visas in Toronto but were denied. The Chinese Consulate did not explain the denials, but apparently the reason was that although the teenagers were born in Canada and hold Canadian passports, they had acquired Chinese nationality at birth through their parents born in Hong Kong, so should travel on Chinese travel documents. Continue reading “Non-Scandal? Dual Chinese-Canadian Nationals Denied Chinese Visas”
The rules have been re-shaped by the recent Exit-Entry Administration Law (2013), implementing regulations (2013), and ministry-level rules on short-term work assignments (2015). Continue reading “Jumping through Hoops: China Visas for Athletes, Performing Artists, Film Production”
Mar. 25, 8:30am to 5:30pm at Beijing DHH Law Firm: China has become an attractive country for foreign investors and individuals to seek economic opportunities. This has led to an increased demand by foreigners for Z visas and work authorization in China. This training will provide up-to-date information about China visas and immigration laws as they relate to foreigners working and doing business in China. The target audience is HR managers and foreigners working, investing, or doing business in China. More.
On Feb. 18, 2016, the General offices of the CCP Central Committee and the State Council published the below Opinion. The unofficial English translation is from Chodorow Law Offices. Continue reading “Translation: Opinion on Strengthening the Administration of Permanent Residency Services for Foreigners”
A Q1 visa and the corresponding “residence permit for family reunion” are for family members of Chinese citizens or permanent residents coming to China for purposes of family reunion and intending to stay more than 180 days. This article provides an overview. It is not exhaustive. Continue reading “Q1 Visas and Residence Permits for Family Reunion”
As a publicity stunt, consumer electronics giant Suning Commerce Group hired a number of foreign students to work as express delivery couriers over Spring Festival in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanjing, and Chengdu. Continue reading “Oops! As Publicity Stunt, Suning (Illegally) Hires Foreign Students to Make Deliveries”
Below is our law firm’s unofficial translation of the Ministry of Public Security’s announcement.
For analysis, please see China’s 72- and 144-Hour Transit without Visa Programs (Updated).
China is overhauling its immigration law regime. A new Exit-Entry Administration Law (EEAL), enacted by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, became effective July 1, 2013. New State Council regulations became effective Sept. 1, 2013.
The law and regulations cover, among other things, visas, entry, and exit; stay, residence, and permanent residence; and investigation, penalties, and deportation. Continue reading “FAQ: China’s New Visa Law”