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”
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”
Beijing’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”
This 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”
What 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  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”
Physicist 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”
The 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  No. 199), dated March 27, 2014, are reproduced below. Continue reading “Shanghai: Rules on Off-Campus Practical Training by Foreign Students”
Beijing, Qingdao, and Hangzhou have announced that certain foreign workers will need to submit a “certificate of no criminal conviction” (CNCC), also known as 无犯罪记录证明 or police clearance letter. Continue reading “Police Clearance Letters Required for Foreign Workers: Beijing, Qingdao, Hangzhou (Updated)”
New visa laws and air pollution make it increasingly difficult to attract and retain foreign talent, according to the American Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Business Climate Survey Report. Continue reading “Visa Laws, Pollution Complicate China’s Search for Foreign Talent”
Bloomberg 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”
On October 25, 2013, AmCham South China and Guangzhou FESCO jointly sponsored a seminar by Guangzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau (PSB) Division of Exit and Entry Administration. The officer explained what the PSB is doing to implement China’s new Exit-Entry Administration Law and regulations. Continue reading “Guangzhou Visa and Residence Permit Update”
Do American expats in China need a duplicate U.S. passport? The Public Security Bureau holds your main passport for 15 working days when you apply for a residence permit, which can cause many hassles. Continue reading “Duplicate U.S. Passport: Do American Expats in China Need One?”
An S1 visa and the corresponding “residence permit for private affairs” are for family members of a foreign national working or studying in China, and the applicant’s intended duration of stay must be more than 180 days. Continue reading “S1 Visa and Residence Permit for Private Affairs (China)”
The Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau has published provisional procedures for visa and residence permit applications. These procedures, effective Sept. 5, were put into implement China’s new Exit-Entry Administration Law (effective July 1) and State Council regulations (effective September 1). The Beijing procedures are “provisional” because it’s expected that the Ministry of Public Security will at some point publish nationwide procedures that will preempt these local procedures. Continue reading “Beijing Provisional Procedures for Visas and Residence Permits”
Reuters reports on the longer processing times for China residence permits. Under the new law, the public security bureau (PSB) exit-entry division has up to 15 working days to adjudicate a residence permit application. The problem, according to companies that employ foreigner nationals, is that PSB holds the employee’s passport during this period, so the employee has no ID for business travel. This disrupts normal business operations, impacting a company’s bottom line. Continue reading “Reuters on China’s Longer Processing Times for Residence Permits (Quoting Gary Chodorow)”
The China Hangup podcast is a weekly discussion with social, business and political figures hosted by Eric Fish, Hudson Lockett and Nicole Sy for the Economic Observer newspaper. This week’s episode, “All About Visas,” covers China’s new immigration law.
Continue reading ““All About Visas”: Podcast by the Economic Observer”
(Source: Ministry of Education. English translation is unofficial). Continue reading “Translation: Interim Regulations for the Administration of Schools Established for Children of Foreign Personnel”
What follows is an English translation. The original Chinese text is here. Note that these regulations were repealed by the PRC Regulations on Exit-Entry Administration for Foreign Nationals promulgated July 3, 2013 and effective September 1, 2013.
SHANGHAI, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) — Six types of foreign professionals and investors in Shanghai are now eligible to live in the city five years, instead of the usual one year, in a move to help boost economic growth, Tuesday’s China Daily reported. Continue reading “5-Year Residence Permits Granted to Some Foreigners in Shanghai”