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”
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”
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”
Thanks, Jonathan in Shenyang, for sending in the following question: “Does a U.S. APEC Business Travel Card allow visa-free travel to China?” A true travel geek question. Continue reading “Does a U.S. APEC Business Travel Card Allow Visa-Free Travel to China?”
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”
The U.S. and China have mutually agreed to increase business and tourist visa validity to 10 years and student and exchange visa validity to 5 years. That according to President Obama’s announcement (video) on November 10 at the 2014 APEC summit in Beijing.
Both governments put the policy into effect immediately. But China hasn’t even fully implemented its prior 2005 agreement to increase visa validity to 1 year, creating a question as to whether most Americans will get the new long-term PRC visas. Continue reading “U.S., China Agree on Longer Visa Validity”
Have you applied for a 5-year or 10-year U.S. or China visa or residence permit under the new agreement between the two countries announced on Nov. 10? Did you get the maximum validity? Share your experience in the comments section here.
It will be interesting to see how and to what extent the two countries implement the agreement.
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”
On September 15, Beijing authorities made public the following notice revising the requirements and procedures for work units and foreign nationals to obtain work permits and foreign expert permits. Continue reading “Translation: Notice of Further Enhancing the Administration of Foreign Nationals’ Employment in Beijing”
There are signs that China is considering adopting a points system for foreigners applying for work visas. Zhang Jianguo, head of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, in a June speech, said SAFEA may introduce a points system to evaluate applicants for foreign expert licenses. Similar proposals have circulated regarding the separate employment license track for foreigners. Continue reading “Is China Mulling a Points System for Work Visas?”
Police in Beijing held a fake casting in order to find foreign models working without authorization in China, according to online industry pubications Fashionista and The Business Model. As many as 60 models were arrested during the May 8 sting at M3, a modeling agency located in Jianwai Soho. Many were from Russia and Ukraine. Continue reading “60 Foreign Models Allegedly Scooped up in Beijing Sting, Now Deported”
Jesse Konrad, a Canadian student studying abroad in China, is seeking crowdfunding to pay a fine for overstaying his visa. Continue reading “Student Seeks Crowdfunding to Pay Visa Overstay Fine”
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”
What are the tax and visa issues that arise when an expat working in China is paid partly from the China entity’s payroll and partly from the foreign payroll? The China Law Blog has an insightful post on this. Continue reading “Dual Employment Contracts for Expats in China: Beware Tax and Visa Issues”
The Sino-Russian border city of Suifenhe (绥芬河), in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, has launched a visa-free stay policy for Russians effective Dec. 2013. Continue reading “Suifenhe: Visas Waived for Russians at Chinese Border City”
The Exit-Entry Administration of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau (PSB) has published a booklet outlining visa and residence permit requirements and procedures. Continue reading “Shanghai “Visa & Residence Permit Information” Booklet”