Focus on the
New Foreigner Entry-Exit Administration Regulations of China
are divided into 12 categories, instead of former 8 categories.
They are marked with the letters C (crew visa), D (permanent
residence visa), F (for persons engaged in exchanges, visits,
inspections), G (transit visa), J (journalist visa), L (tourist
visa), M (business visa), Q (Chinese family reunion), R (for
high-level talents), S (foreign family visit), X (student
visa), Z (work visa).
J, Q, S, X respectively have two subcategories, e.g. J1, J2,
X1 will be issued to persons for long-term study. X2 will
be issued to persons for short-term study. The same is true
with J, Q and S visas.
If foreigners seek
to change their stay purpose, they can apply for replacement
visas in accordance with national regulations.
It takes less than
7 working days to extend visas.
During the period
that PSB deal with the visas, foreigners can rely on the acceptance
notice to legally stay in China.
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
are divided into 5 categories. Residence permits for work,
residence permits for study, residence permits for journalists,
residence permits for Chinese family reunion, residence permits
for foreign family visit.
apply for residence permits at PSB, by providing necessary
documents and biometrics information.
Health certificates are required when applying for over 1
year residence permits. The health certificates are valid
for 6 months.
PSB shall issue the acceptance notice, with a validity period
of no more than 15 days. During the period they decide whether
to issue the residence permit or not.
A foreigner doesn't
need to show up at PSB in the following cases.
A foreigner who is under 16 years old, above 60 years old
or disabled don't need to show up.
A foreigner who is not the first time entering China with
a good residence record can do without being interviewed.
The invitation unit has guaranteed the expenses of the foreigner's
stay in China
A foreigner with
a residence permit for study who wants to take a part-time
job or internship shall get approval from the school. Then
turn to PSB to add a notation to the residence permit, stating
the location and period of the part-time job or internship.
The employing company
and the sponsoring school have the duties to report the following
circumstances to PSB promptly.
ends or work location changes;
The student graduates, finishes a course, drops out or leaves
The employee or the student violates the entry-exit regulations
The employee or the student dies or is missing.
The duration of
stay is calculated from the next day of entry. And it ends
up at 24:00 of Beijing time.
will be effective on Sep. 1, 2013. The corresponding former
rules published in 1986 will be abolished at the same time.