A nationwide trial of a new short term work permit procedure in the People’s Republic of China will come into effect on 1 January 2015.
The procedures clarify which activities will require short-term work permits instead of business visas for employment of less than 90 days. Previously, as long as a foreign national remained on home payroll and contract, work in China for up to 90 days was generally permissible on business visitor status. The new procedure makes it clear that this is no longer possible where the foreign national will be visiting a business partner (i.e. client or supplier), although note that intra company short term assignments may still be conducted on business status.