visa-free transit (from Jan. 1, 2013)
Foreigner Entry-Exit Administration Regulations (from Sep.
Immigration Law (from July 1, 2013)
on Nov. 2, 2016 - From Dec. 1, 2016 on, when applying
for the Foreign Work License, bachelor or master degree certificates
and no-criminal record certificates are subject to notarization
and accreditation. The foreign applicants had better settle
down the two documents before they come to China.
Oct. 1, 2016 on,when applying for Alien Employment Permits
and Foreign Expert Certificates, only 1 system will be officially
used. Foreign applicant will have his/her unique unchanged
number during his/her future work time in China, whatever
he/she works for the company or the university. During the
transition period from Oct. 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, Beijing,
Tianjin, Hebei province, Shanghai, Anhui province, Guangdong
province, Sichun province, Ningxia province will carry out
the new policy. After the transition period, all around China
the new Foreign Work Licenses and Foreign Work Permits will
work visas can be obtained without your leaving for HongKong
or your home countries. Before you have to go to HongKong
or your home countries to apply for Z visas. Then come back
to Beijing to get the final residence permits for work. -
updated on July 15, 2016.
Jan. 1, 2016 on, all companies who would like to hire foreigners
need to use digital devices to register on line through Beijing
Labor Bureau system. The application forms can be completely
printed out after filling-in the forms on line.
the coastal city in the Shandong province, become the 16th
city that enjoys the 72-hour visa-free transit policy for
foreigners from 51 countries. (updated on Nov. 16, 2015).
For more details, please refer to the following link.
letters for 6-month or 1-year multiple-entry M business visas
are available. The longest duration of each stay can be 90
days. For more details, please click M
business visa invitation letter.
applying for a China visa in HongKong, ONLY 4-day service
is available if you are the passport holder of the 17 countries,
which are Austria, Belgium, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland,
Germany, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway,
Portual, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, France. At the moment,
there are NO same-day service and 2-day service available.
Updated on Aug. 18, 2014.
March 1, 2014 on, annual check system of the company's business
license is terminated. It is a big improvement, as before
you had to queue up and pay to only have the authority to
stamp on your business license. You had to do it annually
by visiting the authority - Administration Bureau of Industry
and Commerce. The new replaced system tends to keep the public
Jan. 1, 2014, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing,
Shenyang and Dalian have 72-hour visa-free services in place.
For more details, please click 72-hour
visa free policy.
From Sep. 2013 on, if family members
of foreign employees' or foreign students
want to apply for residence permits,
marriage certificates or birth certificates issued out of
China are subject to notarization and accreditation.
On July 23, 2013, the state council
proclaimed the Foreigner Entry-Exit Administration Regulations,
which will become effective on Sep. 1, 2013. It is the biggest
news after the new China Immigration Law took into effect
on July 1, 2013. The previous regulations published in the
year of 1986 will be terminated simultaneously. We
highlight the changes here.
From July 1, 2013, the new Chinese Immigration
Law takes into effect. We compare the old law and the new
one. We summarize the changes
on the Chinese Immigration Law here.
From January 1, 2013, Beijing offers
72-hour visa-free transit for foreign visitors with third-country
visas and transit at Beijing. For details, please click 72-hour
visa free policy.
1, 2011, to apply for China F visa invitation letters, foreign
applicants need to provide extra incumbency certification.
And this certification has to be translated into Chinese.
Starting from June, 2010, foreigners who have close relatives
in China will be able to apply for residence permits that
are valid for up to two years with multiple entries. Before
they can only apply for up to 1 year visiting-relative L visas.
For more details, please click
If you are a lawyer who work officially in China and want
to apply for a Z visa in HK, you'd better avoid the trip recently.
It is reported that there are some refusal cases due to the
communication problems among HK visa office, the authority
in China mainland who issue Z visa notification letters, i.e.
Bureau of Commerce and Bureau of Justice. - May 20, 2010
For French citizens only
From May, 2010 on, it was reported frequently that French
passport holders encounter numerous difficulties to get China
visas in Hong Kong, whatever Z, L or F visa. It seems in France
there are no problems to get China visas. In Beijing, it remains
as usual. Here comes our suggestion for French: avoid the
recent visa trip to HK until it becomes better.
maybe need to know
Travel with both pasassports
Child born in China faces dual nationality conflict
with both passports
In case you need to apply for a new passport as the old one
is going to expire soon or there are almost no blank pages
or the passport is damaged, how to deal with your current
valid China visa?
If you are in your home country to apply for a new passport
and the Chinese visa is still valid when you plan to come
back to China, you DON'T need to re-apply for a new visa.
You can use both passports to travel, with the valid visa
on the invalid old passport (holes punched or edge cut) and
the entry stamp made on the new passport. You should NOT apply
for a new visa if your current Residence permit for work is
still valid and you will still work for the company. When
you come back to China, please do in turn within 10 days to
change the information on the Alien Employment Permit and
transfer the residence permit to the new passport in the local
authorities with necessary documents provided.
If you are in China mainland to apply for a new passport and
your current visa is a residence permit for work, after you
get your new passport, please do in turn to change your information
on Alien Employment Permit and transfer the residence permit
to the new passport within 10 days. If your current visa is
an F visa or L visa, you don't need to do so. Just carry the
two passports to travel.
born in China faces dual nationality conflict
In China, dual nationalities including Chinese nationality
are not accepted.
Nowadays, many foreigners marry Chinese and stay in China.
Their children will face the problem of dual nationality conflict.
According to Chinese laws, if one of the parents is Chinese
and the child is born in China, the child is considered as
a Chinese. And many parents prefer the foreign nationality
instead. How to deal with it?
You can register the child at your embassy and get the passport
for him/her. Don't worry about the fact that there is no valid
stay permit. Only when you want to take him/her to leave China
mainland need you to do nationality validation and apply for
exit permit for him/her. You can do it at the local Exit &
Entry Division of Public Security Bureau. The exit permit
is 3 month valid. When you are in your home country, you can
apply for a China visa for your child when you both want to
come back to China.
Some parents take the other way - keep Chinese nationality
before he/she is 18 years old. Then do the hukou cancellation
and Chinese nationality renouncement and take the foreign