Visa Update

visaAiming to cut back on foreigners illegally working and doing business in China, the State Council published draft regulations implementing new exit/entry administration law. The draft took effect, starting July 1, after the National People’s Congress Standing Committee passed the draft into law last year. The new regulations have been translated into English, and can be found here. But for a quick look at what is most likely going to affect expats in Dongguan we have gathered a few notes from around the Web.

First, authorities are now allowed to reject visa applications without explanation, though this power will likely be reserved for special cases, like if your fashion sense is too far behind the times. Then there are the changes to existing visas. The Z employment visa is now split into Z1 and Z2 versions for over and under 90 days. The same goes for the X student/intern visa, which is split into long and short-term visas.

As far as we can tell, there are four new visas types as well. The M, for business and commercial visits, and R, issued for skilled talent, are the two most likely to catch local expats’ attention. Especially the R because they’re only presented to those in short supply, and Dongguan expats are a rare breed. But if you are breaking the rules, watch out for the fee increases that are raising by anywhere from RMB 4,500 to 9,500 for infractions like failing to register residence and overstaying visa limits.

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