Chinese Visa's Issued in China Only!
So you may wonder what is the latest visa situation?
The 'Comedy of Errors' continues unabated, despite relaxation of visa rules and issuance criteria in China following the Olympics. This is how it is today (9th June 2009):
China has updated all visa's, introducing several new categories. We will be renewing this page to reflect recent changes, but in the meantime, please see the Chinese Embassy website for your home Country.
One significant change, is that 'virtually' all visa's of one year in length or over , now require a Criminal Record check, available from the Chinese Embassy of your home Country.
News:- Visa's now available
again in China
(Updated 9th June 2009)
1. Renewal in China Mainland
(Excluding Hong Kong and Macao):
'L' & 'F' Type Visa's:
Chinese Visa Madness still in effect - continuing to
make life difficult for those Foreigners actually living
3 and 6 month 0/1/2/multi entry visa's for both
L and F types are once again available in China (Canton
and other major centres) and Hong Kong/Macao for Western
Expats. Upgrades from 'L' to 'F' type are available
a. Complete courier service available
from reputable Agents
b. Allow 2-weeks minimum for door-to-door
c. Hassle free and a great way to renew
d. You will need a 'Temporary Certificate
of Residence' if you do this
e. For 'F' visa you must never have
overstayed your permitted time
f. The visa you can apply for is equivalent to the best
visa you ever had. Therefore if you currently hold an
'L' visa, but previously held an 'F', then subject to
reasonable checks, you should again be able to get an
g. Different rules and pricing criteria
are applicable to Mainland China (Cheaper) vs Hong Kong
Duration of stay:
1. 90 Days and 30 Days (maximum stay) both available
on 'L' visa with single entry = pay attention!
2. Double entry visa will normally only be 2 x 30 days!
3. 6-months continuous stay on unrestricted multi-entry
4. Some 'F' visa's may limit period of stay to 30-days
each visit = Be careful and don't presume anything!
5. The good news:
No need to turn up in person, no need to fill in forms,
no need to go to Hong Kong = full courier services once
again restored. One photo only + some Money required.
The Temporary Residency restrictions have also been
relaxed, but you do still need to do this until we tell
1 year and 2 year Work Permit or Z visa now available
- please ask for details
Please contact our good friend Nancy from ChinaBiz21
in Guangzhou for full information
2206 Citic Plaza, Guangzhou ... (Also in
Hong Kong & Shenzhen)
+86 (0)20 2831 3523 (Guangzhou) or +86 (0)755
3304 3438 (Shenzhen)
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Renewal in Hong Kong or Macao:
Because renewal on the Chinese Mainland is strictly
monitored and usually takes at least 2-weeks, many Expats
still prefer to renew in Hong Kong or Macao. This is
how it is today:
The basic criteria is the same as above, but charges
and delivery time differ radically. However, Chinese
visa's are readily available in both SAR's.
Some points to note:
a. The visa issue time in Hong Kong or Macao
will normally be 1-day for most Westerners, although
Americans can expect to wait 4-days.
b. This holds true for most Foreigners (UK, USA, Europe,
Canada and Australia), but other nationalities may have
far greater renewal problems. We are currently trying
to resolve this issue for some South African friends,
whilst a Malaysian friend has given up and moved to
c. Issue procedures are very simple
d. Consider using any branch of China
Travel Service (Hong Kong), or a reliable agent.
e. Visa's are available at Hong Kong
Airport, but the required overnight stay makes this
a tad awkward unless you are in transit
f. Traditionally, visa's are obtained
in Hong Kong from the China Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
26 Harbour Road, Wan Chai. However, whilst they are
still listed for official visa issue, in practice the
service is currently suspended
a. Charges are likely to be double
those of Mainland issue, with 6-month multi-entry 'F'
visa's currently being touted for around HK$ 8, 000!
b. A 3-month 'L' visa is likely to
cost around HK$ 1, 650 for single entry with either
30 day or 90 day limit of stay - be wary! Price is the
same for both versions with next-day service. 4-day
service will cost around HK$ 700, but staying in Hong
Kong is relatively expensive, especially if visa renewal
is your only reason for visiting.
|3. Visa Factfile:
a. The Chinese visa
is only issued in your home country. Any renewal in
Mainland China or SAR is strictly considered to be an
extension to your existing visa.
b. Of course, Point-of-Entry visa's
are also available
c. For the last year or more, China
has operated a policy which effectively tries to force
people to get their visa renewed in their home Country
d. Renewal in home Country is viewed
as a new application, and new visa.
e. Normally these visa's will have
a maximum 30-day stay limit
It is illegal to work in China on an 'L' or 'F' visa!
To work in China you must have a 'Z' visa, which is
effectively your work permit, (Or 'D' visa = Residency).
Exceptions include only Journalists, subject to status.
If you are teaching in China, or working for reward,
you must get a 'Z' visa
Since regulations were tightened prior to the Olympics,
many Chinese Companies and official institutions have
lost the Certification to invite Foreigners for work.
They try and get round this by telling you it is a
"Part-time" contract. However, this leaves
you liable to prosecution, so don't do it!
You can apply personally for a 'Z' visa, but you will
need the co-operation of your employers in order to
Please contact our good friend Nancy Li from
if you need a 'Z' visa
contact us directly for further
information pertaining to your personal situation.
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