CHINA – New Online Application Service for Shanghai 144-Hour Transit Visa Exemption

Effective 1 November 2018, the Shanghai authorities have launched a new online application service for foreign nationals eligible for the 144-hour transit visa exemption, arriving at one of Shanghai’s airports.

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CHINA – New Online Application Service for Shanghai 144-Hour Transit Visa Exemption

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Newland Chase China.

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.

CHINA – New Work Permit System to Commence Early in Shanghai

The Shanghai Foreign Expert Bureau has announced that it will move to the new unified work permit system on 27 March 2017, earlier than the planned nationwide start date of 1 April 2017.

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CHINA – New Work Permit System to Commence Early in Shanghai

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

CHINA – Employment Permit and Foreign Expert Certificate to be Consolidated

Effective 1 October 2016, the employment permit issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, and the foreign expert certificate issued by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, will be consolidated into a single permit.

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CHINA – Employment Permit and Foreign Expert Certificate to be Consolidated

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Shanghai Foreign Service Co. and Asia Pacific Access.

CHINA – Beijing and Shanghai Authorities Stop Issuing M Visa Invitation Letters

Government agencies in Beijing and Shanghai have stopped issuing M (business) visa invitation letters, and Chinese consulates abroad will instead accept invitation letters from Chinese companies in those cities in support of M visa applications.Read more here:

CHINA – Beijing and Shanghai Authorities Stop Issuing M Visa Invitation Letters

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Asia Pacific Access and Lehman Law.

CHINA – Recent Restrictions on Work and Business Visas for Shanghai

Recently, the Shanghai immigration authorities have changed their policy on issuing Z (work) visa invitation letters to foreign nationals in Hong Kong, and have also made some tougher decisions about whether M (business) visa holders are legitimately travelling for business.

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CHINA – Recent Restrictions on Work and Business Visas for Shanghai

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Asia Pacific Access and Lehman Law.