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Visa struggles

China General Interest

The Chinese government has recently tightened visa policies and heightened checks on foreigners' visa validity. If you are traveling to China for leisure, you are expected to show proof of round trip transportation (eg. flight tickets) and hotel reservations during visa application. Furthermore, it is no longer easy to simply drop by Hong Kong to get your visa into China.

There are even more considerations for foreigners working in China. Officers are now stopping foreigners on the street or knocking on the doors of apartments to check on their passports and visa validity. Those found working or conducting business activities in China without an appropriate business (F) or work (Z) visa (as many have been doing up till now) risk deportation. Foreigners who possess visas illegitimately applied under another company's name will face problems during renewal as authorities are starting to scrutinize the authenticity of such work relationships. Or if you are one of those operating a business in China on a travel (L) visa, it is now time to consider registering a legal entity that can ensure you a valid visa to continue your business in China.

Lastly, do not forget to register with the local police station within 24 hours of your arrival in China (Your hotel will also be able to handle this for you).

For more information, please email to salina.leong@jljgroup.com