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”