Beijing launches online visa and permit services

10 Mar 16



What is the change? The Beijing Public Security Bureau has launched its new online visa and permit applications service for foreign applicants.

What does the change mean? Applicants may choose to apply for visas, stay permits and residence permits through the website and then submit physical documents after approval. In addition, a new online process is available for foreign nationals who need to travel to Beijing urgently.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate.
  • Visas/permits affected: Visas, stay permits, residence permits, M and F visas.
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals applying for visas or permits to Beijing.
  • Impact on processing times: The processing time for the online application channel is 10 business days, the same as for normal physical applications.
  • Business impact: The online system gives applicants more flexibility and provides a separate option for certain urgent business travelers.
  • Next steps: Companies should consider using the online application system as an option. BAL can assist in the registration and application process.

Background: Beijing introduced the online system Tuesday. After filling out an online application form and scheduling an appointment, applicants may print out the forms with a bar code and be directed to a designated counter at the Public Security Bureau to submit their documents.

Beijing has also introduced a new online application system for foreign nationals who need to travel to Beijing urgently under certain circumstances. They may apply for their M or F visa online and then submit their physical documents at authorized offices at Beijing Capital International Airport, where their visa will be issued. This procedure is available for urgent business travelers invited by state-owned companies or multinational companies that are registered in the port visa center or personal affairs travelers on urgent medical travel.

BAL Analysis: The online system provides an optional service that should help streamline the application process by providing dedicated counters at the Public Security Bureau.

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