The Chinese government has announced that it will offer a visa extension to individuals who hold a 10-year visa.

Key Points:

  • Foreign nationals who hold a 10-year visa can now apply for a three-year extension free of charge.
  • Those who hold 10-year visas can also choose to apply for a new 10-year visa once their current visa expires.
  • Regular fees will apply for those who choose to apply for a new visa.

Additional Information: Consulates will no longer accept same category visa applications with 10-year multi-entry visas that have six months or more of validity. More information regarding the 10-year visa extension is available here.

BAL Analysis: Chinese authorities have allowed eligible individuals to apply for a three-year visa extension free of charge due to COVID-19 entry restrictions. Employers should consider whether a three-year extension or new 10-year visa is needed for their sponsored employees.

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