The Chinese government recently updated several immigration-related regulations regarding visas and residence permits.

Key Points:

  • Foreign nationals traveling to China for business can obtain a landing visa upon arrival if they have an invitation letter and supporting business materials to verify their purpose.
  • These travelers can upgrade a single-entry visa to a multiple-entry business visa valid for up to three years after entering China.
  • Foreign nationals applying for residence permits will now have their passports returned to them after verification. Previously, officials kept the passports until permit processing was complete. This change allows applicants to use their passport as needed while awaiting their residence permit.

BAL Analysis: These measures are intended to make business travel and residence permit processing more efficient. BAL will continue following developments in China and will provide updates as information becomes available.

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