CHINA – Five-Year Visa and Residence Permit for Overseas Chinese

Effective immediately, China’s Ministry of Public Security has introduced a new five-year multiple-entry visa and residence permit for individuals of Chinese descent living overseas.

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CHINA – Five-Year Visa and Residence Permit for Overseas Chinese

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Lehman, Lee & Xu and FSG.

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.

Global Trends | 2017 Roundup of Significant Global Corporate Immigration Developments

In 2017, along with our sister company, Newland Chase, we published hundreds of client and public updates on significant changes to immigration policy impacting international business in dozens of countries, via newsletters, white papers, client briefs, industry articles, and social media.

While it would be near impossible to summarise in one document all of last years’ changes in immigration policy from around the world, linked below is a brief overview of what we consider to be among the most significant developments in corporate immigration from around the world, grouped by region and country.

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Global Trends | 2017 Roundup of Significant Global Corporate Immigration Developments

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

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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.

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.