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CHINA: Relaxed Visa Rules for Top Talent

January 8, 2018

Effective 1st 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. Who qualifies? Those qualifying as top talent include highly-qualified scientists, international entrepreneurs […]

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CHINA: Upcoming Change to Work Permit Renewal Deadline

December 15, 2017

The State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs (SAFEA) has announced that, effective 28th 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 […]

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

December 14, 2017

The Shanghai Entry-Exit Expert Bureau will suspend all immigration applications between 22nd and 25th 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 […]

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

September 29, 2017

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 […]

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CHINA: New Work Permit Framework Implemented

March 24, 2017

From 1st April 2017, a new work permit framework will be introduced across China. The Shanghai Foreign Expert Bureau has announced that Shanghai will move to the new unified work permit system on 27th March 2017, earlier than the planned nationwide start date. Work permits will be split into three categories, and an online management […]

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CHINA: 10 Year Multiple Entry Visa Implementation with Israel

December 14, 2016

In early 2016, Israel and China signed a 10-year Multiple Entry Visa Agreement. This agreement effectively makes Israel the third country, after the United States and Canada, to have such an arrangement with China. The agreement came into effect and…

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CHINA: Business Visa Invitation Letters Stopped in Beijing and Shanghai

October 13, 2016

It is expected that the time period to obtain business visas for China is likely to be reduced after government agencies in Beijing and Shanghai ceased issuing M (business) visa invitation letters. Companies in Beijing and Shanghai are no…

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CHINA: Employment Permit and Foreign Expert Certificate to be Consolidated

September 29, 2016

From 1st 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. The integrated…

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Israel and China: New Ten Year Multiple-Entry Visa Agreement Signed

July 1, 2016

Earlier this week, the Israeli parliament (Knesset) ratified an agreement for a new ten year multiple-entry visa between Israel and China. This enables nationals of both countries to be issued with multiple-entry visas to Israel and China, valid for a…

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CHINA: Annual Work Permit inspections required in Shanghai

May 27, 2016

It is now a requirement that foreign employees in China must complete an annual inspection application regarding their existing work permit status. The applications are required every year on the date the work permit was originally issued and can be…

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