CHINA – Talent Visa Rules and Benefits Clarified

Effective 1 January 2018, new regulations for the “R visa” for high-level talent allow multiple stays in China of up to 180 days at a time, with a validity of up to ten years, a streamlined online application system and reduced processing times.

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CHINA – Talent Visa Rules and Benefits Clarified

This alert was prepared with information provided by Shanghai Foreign Service Group and Lehman, Lee & Xu.

CHINA – Relaxed Visa Rules for Top Talent

Effective 1 January 2018, new regulations for the “R Visa” for high-level talent allow multiple stays in China of up to 180 days at a time, with a validity of up to ten years, a streamlined online application system and reduced processing times.

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CHINA – Relaxed Visa Rules for Top Talent

CHINA – Upcoming Change to Work Permit Renewal Deadline

The State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs (SAFEA) has announced that, effective 28 February 2018, all work permit renewal applications nationwide will have to be submitted at least 30 working days before the expiry date.

Those who fail to comply with this new deadline will be denied renewal, and will have to apply for a new work permit.  Currently, there is no national rule establishing a deadline for work permit renewal application submissions.

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CHINA – Upcoming Change to Work Permit Renewal Deadline

This news alert was prepared using information provided by FSG.

CHINA – Shanghai Exit-Entry Bureau – Planned Closure for System Upgrade

The Shanghai Entry-Exit Expert Bureau will suspend all immigration applications between 22 and 25 December 2017, as the national immigration system undergoes an upgrade.

Please note:

  • During this period, the Bureau will not accept any new or extension applications or issue any permits via its headquarters, branches, self-service spots, on-line service or WeChat;
  • For already submitted, pending applications, processing time will be prolonged by 8-12 working days;

Action Items

  • Applicants for work and residence permits and visas, and their employers in China, should allow extra time for applications to be processed.

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CHINA – Shanghai Exit-Entry Bureau – Planned Closure for System Upgrade

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Visa Care.

INDONESIA – Domicile Letter Now Required for ITAS Applications in South Jakarta

Dutch colonial architecture in Kota, Jakarta, IndonesiaEffective 6 November 2017, foreign nationals applying for a limited stay permit (ITAS) at the South Jakarta immigration office must submit a domicile letter, as proof of residency, in support of their application.

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CHINA – Expedited Work Permit Process in Shanghai May Benefit Some Foreign Workers

The Shanghai Foreign Expert Bureau is now accepting work permit applications from applicants classified as either Category A or B, and holding an M (business) or L (tourist) entry visa, rather than a Z (work) visa.

Risks and benefits

Note that Category B applicants risk their M or L entry visa expiring while their work permit application is being processed, and they may not be able to extend their entry visa without leaving China.

This simplified process avoids the six to eight weeks usually required to obtain a Notification Letter of Work Permit and a Z (work) visa before travelling to China (compared to about one week for an M or L visa), and may allow the applicant to start work more quickly.

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CHINA – Expedited Work Permit Process in Shanghai May Benefit Some Foreign Workers

shanghai in sunsetThis news alert was prepared using information provided by Shanghai Foreign Service (Group), Pro-Link Global China and Asia Pacific Access.