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What is the change? China’s National Immigration Administration is set to implement a number of measures to improve entry and exit services for foreigners and citizens of the People’s Republic of China.
What does the change mean? The 22 new measures are set to be implemented in phases by the first quarter of 2019. The first phase, implemented in September, introduced new processes by which foreigners in certain situations may receive instant acceptance and approval of applications. In addition, the first phase introduced changes to ease travel and immigration processes for PRC citizens, most notably through removing the requirement to renew immigration documents (i.e., passports, exit-entry permits for Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan) in the registered household district, or hukou.
Background: Authorities announced a number of new process changes to improve entry and exit services and further open up the country’s immigration system. The first phase of changes, implemented in September, include:
Analysis & Comments: The new measures look to streamline and improve immigration services and the services offered by entry and exit offices, particularly for PRC citizens. The addition of scenarios in which instant acceptance and approval of urgent applications by foreign nationals is granted may greatly benefit those who are traveling to China for business or tourism but who lose their passport and must be reissued a temporary visa before they exit mainland China.
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.
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