China F business visa information
China M business visa

Chinese M Visa is issued to an alien who is invited to China for commercial and trade activities for a period of no more than six months (180 days). Before Sep. 1, 2013, the business visas were categorized as F visas.

After the new Foreigner Entry-Exit Administration Regulations took into effect on Sep. 1, 2013, there are 12 categories of ordinary China visas, instead of 8 categories. M visas are a new type of visas, especially designed for those who carry out commercial and trade activities. For a foreigner who comes to China for a visit, an investigation, a lecture, scientific-technological and culture exchange, he/ she can apply for an F visa.

Usually, the validity of a single entry, double entry or multiple entries (M) visa is 90 days or 180 days from the date of issue. This means the holder of the visa shall enter China no later than 90 days or 180 days from the date of issue, otherwise the visa will expire and is null and void. The duration of each stay of a (M) visa ranges from 30 to 120 days, which means the holder of the visa may stay in China for up to 30 to 120 days from the date of entry.

If you have entered into China with an M visa, and desire to stay in China longer than the valid period specified on your current visa, you can apply for an M visa extension of the visa stay. The extension of the visa stay period by PSB is only effective for this entry into China. It does not affect the number of authorized entries or duration of each stay. Extension of the visa stay period will not exceed the stay period granted on visa.
It is a big improvement as before when you extended your visa, your current visa would be cancelled at the same time, whatever how many entries left.

If you work for a company registered in China, you have to apply for a Residence Permit for Work instead of an M visa. It is illegal to work with an M business visa. More information on China work visa, please refer to Z (work visa).



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