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Foreigners coming to China, regardless of the purpose of the visit, need to apply for a relevant visa, Such as D visa (permanent resident visa), L visa (tourist visa), M visa (business visa), Z visa (work visa), Q visa (reunion visa), S visa (family visit visa), etc. that specializes in providing Visa solutions to foreigners in China, Of course, not only is it a single business that provides visas, but we also have related application packages to help applicants who need them to obtain visas better and more smoothly. Click on the following title link to jump to the corresponding content:

China Business Visa M (F visa before September 1, 2013): For those who go to China for commercial trading activities (excluding internships in China), the period of stay shall not exceed 6 months in general. Generally speaking, foreigners who enter Guangzhou on regular business visa M (F visa before September 1, 2013) may renew their business visa once for 1-3 months each time. After one extension, if there is no special reason, the person needs to leave the country and reapply for a new visa before entering the country for a further extension.

 

Since January 2015, the relevant procedures for the entry of foreigners into the country of short-term work or business practices (Document No. 78) have been officially introduced, A careful distinction is made between the short-term work or business activities that foreigners come to China for less than 90 days, and it is clearly indicated which activities should apply for short-term work visas ( Z visas). Which actions should apply for short-term business visa (M visa). The following are specific (so foreigners should choose the appropriate type of visa when applying for a visa abroad):

 

The following are short-term assignments (short-term Z visas):

1. Completion of a certain technical, scientific, managerial, supervisory, etc. work by the domestic partners

2. Training in national sports institutions (including trainers, athletes)

3. Shooting of films (including advertisements, documentaries)

4. Fashion show (including car models, shooting of print advertisements, etc.)

5. Engaging in foreign-related commercial performances

 

The following cases fall under the category of short-term business visas (M visas):

1. Purchase of equipment supporting maintenance, installation, commissioning, dismantling, instruction and training (M visa)

2. Guidance, supervision and inspection (M visa) of the successful project in China

3. Short-term work (M visa) assigned to branch offices, subsidiaries and representative offices in China

4. Participants in sporting events, including athletes, coaches, team doctors, assistants and others (M visa)

 

Business Visa for Foreigners - List of Material Requirements for M Visa Extension

1. Valid passport and original visa (M visa)

2. Original updated provisional registration form

3. Photo and photo acknowledgements

4. Photocopy of the company's business license

5. A copy of the company application with the official seal

 

Generally speaking, the extension period may not exceed the period of stay for the alien's original visa. For example, if the foreigner originally entered the country with a business visa of only 30 days, the company's registered capital can only be extended for 30 days.If the foreign national's registered capital is larger, the period of stay may not exceed 30 days. If the customer enters the country with a 60-day Trade M visa, he or she is eligible to apply for a 60-day extension.

  

For foreigners who go to China for sightseeing, visiting relatives or for other personal affairs. Generally speaking, a foreigner who enters China on a regular tourist visa (L visa) may extend his/her tourist visa for a period not exceeding the length of stay of the alien's original visa and may not increase the number of times of entry. After the extension, an application for an extension may be made only after the departure of the country for re-entry if there are no special reasons.

 

List of Material Requirements for the Visa Extension Project for Foreigners - L:

1. Valid passport and original visa (L visa)

2. Original updated provisional registration form

3. Photo and photo acknowledgements


There are more than 12 kinds of visas for foreigners coming to China, while the most common ones are Business Visa (M signature) and Work Visa (Z signature). However, each visa has different application conditions and suitable candidates, and each applicant has different questions about the visa, even when the visa application has some unexpected difficulties. To this end, GTG Visa summarizes a number of issues for the applicants to understand the Chinese Visa needs to pay attention to and know the details in advance.

 

1. What is the employment of foreigners in China?

Answer: According to Article 2 of the Provisions on the Administration of Employment of Foreigners in China, the term "foreigner" as mentioned in the said Provisions means a person who does not have Chinese nationality according to the Nationality Law of the People's Republic of China; The term "employment of foreigners in China" as mentioned in the Provisions refers to the activities of foreigners who have not acquired the right of permanent residence in China to engage in social labour and obtain remuneration for their labour according to law.

 

2. What are the requirements for foreigners to be employed in China?

A: Foreigners must meet the following requirements for employment in China: They must be at least 18 years old and have good health; Have the professional skills and corresponding work experience necessary for the performance of his/her work; No criminal record; Having a firm recruitment unit; Possession of a valid passport or other international travel document in lieu of a passport; The position to be taken should be one with special needs, there is a shortage of suitable candidates in the country, and there is no violation of the relevant provisions of the State.

 

3. Is there any age limit for foreigners to be employed in Shenzhen?

Answer: Must be 18 years old, the age limit is generally not more than 60 years old, but enterprise investor, legal representative, person in charge, enterprise board member, supervisory board member and urgent need high-level management technical personnel can relax the age limit appropriately.

 

4. Do Chinese citizens who have acquired the right of permanent residence abroad but have not acquired foreign nationality need to apply for a Foreign National Employment Certificate in China for employment?

A: Chinese citizens who have acquired the right of permanent residence abroad but have not acquired foreign nationality are not foreign nationals. Therefore, such persons do not need to apply for the Employment Certificate for Foreigners in China.

 

5. How long before the expiration date of an employment permit for Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao personnel in China can be extended?

A: The Employment Permit for Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao Personnel in China was officially cancelled on September 1, 2018, and there is no need for any further extension.

 

6. What information is required for a work permit for foreigners?

Answer: Foreign person's identification, graduation certificate, work certificate, no criminal record and so on.

 

7. What is the period of validity of an alien's work permit?

Answer: The work permit for foreigners is valid for 1-5 years. Type B is valid for 1 year in general, At the same time, the period of validity of the business license or registration certificate, the period of validity of the government approval document, the period of validity of the labor contract or the letter of assignment, the passport of the applicant for work or other international travel document that can replace the passport shall not be exceeded. It also depends on the actual application.

 

8. Do aliens need to go to the Immigration Administration when applying for a residence permit?

A: Yes, foreigners and their accompanying family members who have reached the age of 18 (including 18 years) must apply for a residence permit at the China Immigration Administration.

 

9. What kind of unit can be an employer of foreign workers in China?

Answer: Foreign employers in China can be wholly foreign-funded enterprises, local companies, branch companies, representative offices, etc.

 

10. What can an alien do and how much should he pay if his visa expires and he stays in the country too long?

A: It depends. Under China's immigration law, foreigners who stay in China for more than 15 days will be fined 500 yuan (up to 10,000 yuan) a day or detained for more than five days and less than 15 days. We recommend that you contact us immediately and that, if dealt with in a timely and appropriate manner, penalties and responsibilities can be avoided. Otherwise, as time goes on, everything will become more difficult to deal with, and even China will refuse to sign it later.

 

11. If a tourist visa expires, if the foreigner is currently in Guangzhou, and the foreigner has found a job, but the company will apply for a work visa a few days after the expiration of the visa, should the foreigner's travel visa be extended?

A: It is illegal for a foreigner to stay in China after his or her visa expires, and he or she is required to renew his or her visa before he or she is granted a work visa. In Guangzhou, a tourist visa can be extended only once.

 

12. Can the newly established Guangzhou Company apply for a work permit and a one-year residence permit for foreigners?

Answer: The newly established Guangzhou Company can obtain the work permit after obtaining the business license, but the valid period is usually less than one year. Similarly, residence permits can still be applied for.

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