Jumping through Hoops: China Visas for Athletes, Performing Artists, Film Production

jump-through-hoopsThis article introduces China visa rules as they apply to athletes, performing artists, and film production.

The rules have been re-shaped by the recent Exit-Entry Administration Law (2013),[1] implementing regulations (2013),[2] and ministry-level rules on short-term work assignments (2015).[3] Continue reading “Jumping through Hoops: China Visas for Athletes, Performing Artists, Film Production”

New Visa Pilot Program in Beijing’s Zhongguancun Science Park

zhongguancunBeijing’s Zhongguancun Science Park has received approval from the Ministry of Public Security for a visa pilot program to take effect March 1.  The policy is meant to lure foreign talent to help to continue to develop Zhonguancun as a national center for science and technology innovation. Zhongguancun covers 488 square kilometers and has more than 20,000 companies. Continue reading “New Visa Pilot Program in Beijing’s Zhongguancun Science Park”

Guide to Z Visas and Work Authorization in China

Z Visa Guide CoverThis free Guide summarizes the requirements and procedures to apply for a Z visa and work authorization in China. The focus is on positions requiring an employment license issued by a local Human Resources and Social Security (HRSS) bureau. Each step of the process is covered: employment license, visa notification letter, Z visa and entry, medical examination, work permit, and residence permit. Issues related to accompanying family members are covered as well. The Guide concludes with a discussion of additional terms and conditions of stay in China for workers and their family members. Continue reading “Guide to Z Visas and Work Authorization in China”

Translation: Short-Term Work Assignment Rules

CN-Eng translationWhat follows in our unofficial translation of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Public Security, and Ministry of Culture, Notice of Relevant Procedures for Foreigners Entering China for Completion of Short-Term Work Assignment [《外国人入境完成短期工作任务的相关办理程序(试行)》的通知], Notice No. 78 [2014] of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, issued Nov. 6, 2014, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Continue reading “Translation: Short-Term Work Assignment Rules”

Scientist Alleges Fraud in China’s “Thousand Talent” Foreign Expert Program

SciencePhysicist Ulf Leonhardt made headlines when he published a theoretical framework for an invisibility cloak. Not long afterwards, he was recruited by the Centre for Optical and Electronic Research (COER) at South China University, at a salary of RMB 133,333 ($21,762) per month — three times his tenured position at the University of St.  Andrews.

COER helped him apply to a Chinese government grant program for attracting foreign talent, the Recruitment Program of Foreign Experts. But Leonhardt later came to suspect that much of the grant money was being diverted to other uses. “The fraud they committed was so brazen,” charges Leonhardt. Continue reading “Scientist Alleges Fraud in China’s “Thousand Talent” Foreign Expert Program”

Shanghai: Rules on Off-Campus Practical Training by Foreign Students

PSB-counterThe Shanghai Exit-Entry Administration and Education Commission have jointly published rules governing off-campus practical training by foreign students. The “Shanghai Interim Rules re: Off-Campus Practical Training by Foreign Students” (Shanghai Exit-Entry Administration Public Notice [2014] No. 199), dated March 27, 2014, are reproduced below. Continue reading “Shanghai: Rules on Off-Campus Practical Training by Foreign Students”

Bloomberg News Self-Censors after Website Blocked and Visas Refused

Camera crewBloomberg News has censored its own China reporting, according to the New York Times. Bloomberg reporters had been working for months on an investigative report detailing the hidden financial ties between one of the wealthiest men in China and the families of top Chinese leaders. But the story was allegedly killed. Continue reading “Bloomberg News Self-Censors after Website Blocked and Visas Refused”