China Immigration Services
With offices in Shanghai and Tianjin, Newland Chase China provides corporations and individuals operating in China with complete support for all their immigration and visa needs – inbound to China and outbound to more than 190 countries around the world. Our full spectrum of services allows us to manage all of your business visa and employee immigration needs.
China’s migration laws are complex and evolving. Our China team possesses expert knowledge not only on local immigration practice in the Greater China region, but also on PRC consular visas, ancillary document services, PRC nationality and citizenship matters, and global immigration outbound from China. Our mission is to help you effectively move your key people into great Chinas and around the world.
China Immigration Management
We provide support in all areas of China immigration for corporations and individuals – from short-term work authorization and temporary residency to long-term work authorization, permanent residency, and citizenship, including both company employees and accompanying family members. Our approach covers you from comprehensive guidance and pre-planning of new assignments and immigration options to completion of all in-country requirements to ongoing compliance monitoring.
For up-to-date information on the most common work authorization routes in China, see Employment Immigration below.
Comprehensive Global Immigration Management
For corporations and individuals located in China, we also provide support in all areas of immigration to more than 190 countries around the world. Our China team is part of the larger Newland Chase global team of 1,700+ expert immigration and visa professionals – specializing in everything from short-term work assignments and temporary residency to long-term work assignments, permanent residency, and citizenship throughout the world.
Business Traveler Management
Business visas are a key component of a globally mobile workforce – allowing individuals to enter China and other countries for non-work business activities. Business visas typically apply to business meetings, seminars, conferences, trade shows, limited sales activities, contract negotiations, and some supervisory activities. Newland Chase China offers comprehensive services for business travelers both inbound to China and outbound to more than 190 countries.
Our services include everything from personalized assessment of the activities and destination for visa compliance, to obtaining the proper visas, to tracking of the number and length of stays of your business travelers for legal compliance.
Immigration Policy and Compliance
Our China immigration experts offer an extensive suite of advisory services and immigration compliance strategies to ensure that your organization and employees remain compliant with all China immigration and visa requirements. Our services include strategic guidance on immigration plans, development and implementation of immigration policies, sponsor compliance, education and training, audit support (including mock audits), and immigration compliance technology solutions.
Consulting and Advisory Services
Our China immigration experts act as trusted business advisors – supporting you in virtually any unique or complex immigration-related matter. Our China team is able to manage the scope of immigration in large-scale projects and employee moves, as well as guide you through the immigration complexities involved in corporate restructuring and mergers and acquisitions.
Additional China Immigration Services
We find solutions to complex China immigration problems for businesses and individuals, making the process as straightforward and efficient as possible for you. We will lead you with guidance through each step of the visa process. This is the personalized service that our clients are accustomed to receiving. The specific processes with which we commonly assist our clients include:
- Renewals, Amendments, Replacements, and Deregistrations of Permits
- Temporary Visa Extensions
- Talent (R) Visas
- Official Invitation Letters for Foreign Experts
- Official Invitation Letters for China Business Visas
- Visas and Permits for Dependents
- Permanent Residency
- Chinese Nationality
- Student Visas and Permits
- China Immigration Exit Immigration Formalities, including PRC Mainlanders travelling to Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan
- Company Registrationsfor Immigration Purposes
- Additional China Immigration Services
Under the new work permit system, foreign nationals applying to work in China are placed into one of three categories (A, B and C) that identify the holder as highly-end personnel, professional personnel, or less-skilled temporary personnel, using a points-based mechanism.
For the Work and Residence Permit (Offshore) process, where the applicant is outside China, sponsoring companies first apply in China for a Notification Letter of Work Permit, and then the applicant applies for a Z visa, valid for three months, at a Chinese consulate. A work permit application must be submitted by the sponsoring company within 15 days of the applicant’s arrival, and finally the foreign national must apply for a work-type residence permit.
Alternatively, the Work and Residence Permit (Onshore) process is for an applicant already in China, usually on an M visa (for business) or an R visa (for certain high-level and urgently-needed Category A applicants).
Hong Kong/Macao/Taiwan Nationals do not need visas or work permits to enter and stay in mainland China for work.
There is also a Short-Term Work Permit process for assignees visiting business partners or suppliers in China for up to 90 days, in connection with technology, scientific research, management or the provision of guidance. A Notification Letter of Work Permit and a Z visa are required, but not a work permit, and a residence permit is only required for assignment of over 30 days.
An M visa may be used for certain work-like activities in China for up to 90 days, as long as no salary is paid within China. Activities allowed include (1) repair, installation, adjustment, disassembly, or training in connection with the purchase of equipment or machinery; (2) instruction, supervision, or inspection of a project in China that has won a bid; and (3) intra-company transfer to a branch office, subsidiary, or representative office in China. Consular qualifying criteria, application requirements, procedures and timing may vary and should be checked on a case-by-case basis.
Our China team members are highly qualified and dedicated professionals with extensive experience in all aspects of Chinese immigration. They come from the best of legal, consulting, in-house corporate and government backgrounds and bring a breadth of experience and insight both in immigration and a multitude of industry sectors. With a dedication to service and a consultative approach, our people act as your trusted advisors and partners in achieving your business goals in China.
Our Chinese leadership team directs over 30 immigration experts working for you in China. Meet our China leadership team: