China has begun issuing machine-readable residence permits and visas.

Key Points:

  • The new permits and visas, the first of which were issued last month, are printed on a sticker-like paper and include color photographs.
  • Applicants must be prepared to submit photographs taken within the last six months when submitting their application. The photos should be 33 mm by 48 mm, color and printed on photographic paper. Applicants should not wear hats, and the background should be white, with no borders around the image. The photos cannot be modified or blotted.
  • With the exception of the photo requirements, application procedures have not changed. Permit and visa uses and validity have not changed either, and foreign nationals who hold previously issued visas and permits can continue to use them until their expiration.

Analysis & Comments: Applicants should take note of the change and be prepared to provide photographs meeting the requirements listed above. Failure to do so may lead to delays in their applications.  

Source: Deloitte LLP. Deloitte LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC303675 and its registered office at 1 New Street Square, London EC4A 3HQ, United Kingdom.