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Update China Visa Rules And Policy in Shanghai

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8th Nov 2020- Notice on the Temporary Suspension of Entry into China by Non-Chinese Nationals in the following countries Holding Valid Chinese Visas or Residence Permits! More Details >>>

15th Oct 2020- It has been 3 weeks since the Chinese government announced the "3 categories residence permit holder can enter China" on 23th Sept 2020, below we have listed some Q&A that hopefully can help you clarify the policy and also including of some advice from VisaInChina. More details >>>

23rd Sep 2020- Expats with valid Residence Permit can enter China directly !! More details >>>

22nd Aug 2020- If you come from following 7 Asian countries, and still have a valid China residence permit, now it's time to apply a new China visa to go back to China. More details >>>

10th Aug 2020- If you come from following 36 EU countries, and still have a valid China residence permit, now it's time to apply a new China visa to go back to China. More details >>>

31st July 2020 - Introduction about how to apply the the PU letter in Shanghai. More Details >>>

22nd July 2020 - Foreign Family Member can go back to China! - Shanghai government ease the PU invitation letter policy for foreign family member re-union in Shanghai. More Details >>>

20th July 2020 - Passengers to China must take nucleic tests before departure:

  1. All passengers flying to China should have the nucleic tests for COVID-19 at facilities recognized by Chinese embassies, according to a joint statement from China’s Foreign Ministry, Civil Aviation Administration of China and the General Administration of Customs.
  2. Chinese citizens should upload their negative test results to a WeChat mini program to obtain a health code.
  3. Foreigners need to apply for a health declaration at local Chinese embassies or consulates with their negative test results.
  4. Airlines should check passsengers’ health codes and declarations and those who fail should not be allowed to board.
  5. Passengers will be held liable for providing false information.
  6. Chinese embassies will carefully evaluate the testing capabilities in countries where they are located and release further details in due time.

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29th Jun 2020 - It has been 3 month since the Chinese government announced the "Temporarily Ban Policy" on 28th March 2020, below we have listed some Q&A (Phase II) that hopefully can help you clarify the policy and also including of some advice from VisaInChina, Click here for more details>>>

10th Jun 2020 - Good news! Singapore and China made agreement of "Fast Track" program.
The "fast track" program started from 8th Jun 2020, and if you are capable for that, you can start to apply the China visa. Click here to get more details>>>

28th May 2020 - Good news! Chinese Consulate in Korea and Japan start working regularly, we have clients got their business M visa and Working Z visa already. VisaInChina suggest citizen of Korea and Japan checking directly with Chinese Consulate/Embassy to get more information. Following is a Z visa issued at Tokyo Japan on 25th May 2020.

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10th May 2020 - China and South Korea reached an agreement to open a "fast track" for business travelers between both countries.
The "fast-track", effective May 1st, will simplify related entry procedures for traveler including those from business, logistics, industrial production and technical services.
Chinese business personnel will be able to travel to all parts of South Korea while counterparts can visit 10 Chinese provinces and cities, including Chongqing, Shanghai, and Tianjin etc., Traveler needs to do a virus test in their home country and get the COVID-19 negative certificate 3 days before going. Then the 14 days quarantine can be exempted.

How to apply the China Business visa then? We have an article before, You can Click here for more details >>>, and for sure, with the "fast track" agreement, it's easy for those country citizens to get approval and also the their business schedule will be more flexible.

1st May 2020 - How to apply the China Business visa during the period of "Temporarily Ban Policy"? Click here for more details >>>

28th April 2020 - It has been 1 month since the Chinese government announced the "Temporarily Ban Policy" on 28th March 2020, below we have listed some Q&A that hopefully can help you clarify the policy and also including of some advice from VisaInChina, Click here for more details>>>

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13th April 2020 - During the epidemic period, all foreigners in China better know and abide following laws/regulations. Click here to see the details >>>

26th Mar 2020 - Very Important! Start from 28th March, China will temporary STOP all foreign country passport holder entering China. (Even you have a valid China visa or residence permit), in the meanwhile, China will STOP the APEC card, Port visa/ Visa on arrival, all kind of transit visa (24/72/144 hrs transit) to enter China as well. Detail news from China Ministry of Foreign Affairs >>>

26th Mar 2020 - About Shanghai: Start from 26th March, Passanger who travel from (pass by) ALL Overseas Country / Region, as soon as you enter shanghai, you need to keep in quarantine for 14 days. If you have home in shanghai (and your home is qualify for quarantine, then you need to stay at home for 14 days. If you don't have home in shanghai, then the government will send you to an official quarantine place to stay for 14 days. Click here to get details about shanghai custom clearance and quarantine rules >>>

23rd Mar 2020 - About HK: From 25th March, if you are not HongKong residence, and you fly from overseas, you can NOT enter HongKong at all, this policy will valid for 14 days first.
About Macau: From 25th March, if you are not Macau residence, and you fly from overseas, you can NOT enter Macau at all.

23rd Mar 2020 - About Shanghai: 100% - All Passangers (no matter you come from) will be given a corona-virus test after landing Shanghai.

PS: Start from 20th March, Passanger who travel from (pass by) Korea, Italy, Iran, Philippine, France, German, Spain, USA, UK, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, Australia, Malaysia, Greece, Czech Republic, Finland, Qatar, Canada, Saudi Arabia during the past 14 days, as soon as you enter shanghai, you need to keep in quarantine for 14 days. If you have home in shanghai, then you need to stay at home for 14 days. If you don't have home in shanghai, then the government will send you to an official quarantine place to stay for 14 days. Click here to get details about shanghai custom clearance and quarantine rules >>>

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21st Mar 2020 - Start from 19th March, all persons having stayed in overseas countries and territories specified by a general notice in the Gazette for any period during the 14 days preceding arrival in Hong Kong, regardless of nationality and travel documents used, will be subject to compulsory quarantine for 14 days. So it means, if you are going to HongKong to apply a China visa, you need to stay at least 3 weeks in HK (quarantine + visa processing), Details here >>>

20th Mar 2020 - Start from 20th March, Everyone who travel from (pass by) Korea, Italy, Iran, Japan, France, German, Spain, USA, UK, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, Australia, Malaysia, Greece, Czech Republic, Finland, Qatar, Canada, Saudi Arabia during the past 14 days, as soon as you enter shanghai, you need to keep in quarantine for 14 days. If you have home in shanghai, then you need to stay at home for 14 days. If you don't have home in shanghai, then the government will send you to an official quarantine place to stay for 14 days.

17th Mar 2020 - Start from 17th March, Everyone who travel from (pass by) Korea, Italy, Iran, Japan, France, German, Spain, USA, UK, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Netherlands, Denmark, Austria during the past 14 days, as soon as you enter shanghai, you need to keep in quarantine for 14 days. If you have home in shanghai, then you need to stay at home for 14 days. If you don't have home in shanghai, then the government will send you to an official quarantine place to stay for 14 days.

13th Mar 2020 - Start from 13th March 0:00, Everyone who travel from (pass by) Korea, Italy, Iran, Japan, France, German, Spain, USA during the past 14 days, as soon as you enter shanghai, you need to keep in quarantine for 14 days. If you have home in shanghai, then you need to stay at home for 14 days. If you don't have home in shanghai, then the government will send you to an official quarantine place to stay for 14 days

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10th Mar 2020 - Work Permit renewal can be submitted even 1 day before it expires - 8 more convenient visa policy for foreign work permit application, Click here for more details >>>

6th Mar 2020 - Everyone who travel from (pass by) Korea, Italy, Iran, Japan during the past 14 days, as soon as you enter shanghai, you need to keep in quarantine for 14 days. If you have home in shanghai, then you need to stay at home for 14 days. If you don't have home in shanghai, then the government will send you to an official quarantine place to stay for 14 days.

1st Mar 2020 - Foreign working visa (residence permit) can be extended automatically for 2 month? - 10 new visa policy announced by China NIA (National Immigration Administration), VisaInChina listed some Q&A especially for those new rules in practice in shanghai. Click here for more details >>>

10th Feb 2020 - VisaInChina can do the work permit renewal for you remotely even you are outside of China, please click here to get more details about the VisaInChina remote service for work permit renewal >>>

[ Very Important Notice !! ] - 31st JAN 2020 - Due to the corona virus situation, Shanghai government request all of shanghai companies delay their opening time till 10th Feb 2020. So following is the new work schedule of VisaInChina:

24th Jan to 2nd Feb - Chinese New Year Holiday (not working, office NOT open)
3rd Feb to 9th Feb - Mobile phone available for emergency (office NOT open)
From 10th Feb - Office re-open (10am-5pm) and start working regularly.

If your visa and work permit is expires after 15th March, it's not in a rush, please contact with us again on 10th Feb. If you are our old custom and have any emergency situation before 10th Feb, please call your consultant (Please email your Consultant, and you will get an Auto-Reply with their mobile number. If you can not reach your Consultant, please call 13501828752), We will try our best to help you out.

1st Nov 2019 - Now you can get your registration form of temporary residence online, no need to go to police station all the time. Online registration link: https://crjzndg.gaj.sh.gov.cn/24hr/web/zcbd/login

24th Oct 2019 - China National Immigration Administration (NIA) announced, start from 1st Dec 2019, Foreigners come from 53 countries who transit (destined for a third country or region - HK, Macau, Taiwan with booked a through air ticket) in 23 China cities within 72 hours / 144 hours are exempted from visas for China. During the visa exemption period, the passenger is allowed to move around within designated area. Click here for more information about China 72 hours/ 144 hours transit visa.

16th Sept 2019 - Shanghai permanent visa (green card) government service center grand open, if you have any questions about China permanent visa, you can go there to check, following are the contact information of it:
Address: Building 8-9, No.36 XueLin Road, Pudong, Shanghai
Telephone: 021-28951900

30th Jun 2019 - Visa advice for the owner (shareholder) of the company in shanghai:
Like everybody knows, shanghai government welcome foreign investment here, and they encourage expats establish their own business. If you are the owner (shareholder) of the WFOE, you can apply the China work permit and work visa with less paperwork (especially without the bachelor degree or the working experience) at beginning, but when you renew your work permit and visa, they will check your company income (to make sure that your WFOE is running for real business but not only for a visa sponsorship), normally there are 2 official ways to prove your company has income:

  1. Company VAT tax receipt (click here to see the sample)
  2. Invoices (Fapiao) record which your company issued to your clients:
    For the startup company, the Chinese government has the preferential tax policies, if your company income is less than 30,000RMB/month, it’s no need to pay the VAT tax. But 0 VAT tax is NOT equal to 0 income. You can show the invoices (Fapiao) record which your company issued to your clients before to prove your company has income.
    PS: The subject of the invoices has to accord with your company business scope.

Some FAQs of the work permit & visa rules for company owner (shareholder):

My WFOE is very small, I don’t have the Chinese Employee, and will that affect my work permit and visa renewal?

A: No, that’s not affect if you have above proofs to prove that your company is running for real business.

I registered my WFOE with a virtual address and I don’t really have an office address, I always work at home, will that be a problem for my work permit and visa application?
A: No, that’s not a problem if your company is running for real business.

How long period tax receipt or invoices record the government would like to check?
A: For the past 12 months.

My client pay me through Wechat / Alipay, they never ask for a Fapiao. What should I do?
A: You should issue the invoice (even they don’t ask for), and declare the income legally. So your company will then have the official proof.

Is there a minimum amount of monthly income my company need to reach to have my work permit and visa renewed?
A: Until now, it’s no limitation of that.

Can I just issue some invoices when I am doing my work permit and visa renewal?
A: No, if all invoices date is close to the date when you submit your work permit application, the government will not consider its true, and they will reject it.

28th April 2019 - Remind AGAIN!! If your work permit expiring date is less than 30 days, you can not renew it with the same employer (the system will automatically block it). You have to apply the brand new work permit through whole new procedure all over again !!!!!!!. So VisaInChina suggests all of our clients submit your work permit and visa extension 90 Days before it expiring, please set up a new reminder, Don't Be Late.

25th April 2019 - Good news for Class A (High incoming Earners), and the other applicants who committed a certain amount of salary to get points for China work permit, from 1st May 2019, you can provide the income tax receipt based on the 2019 new income tax law. So for instance, for Class A work permit holder who earn 600,000RMB/year salary, before you need to provide 120,000RMB/year tax receipt, now it's only 109,080RMB/year.

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Because of the new policy was just implemented, inquiries increase a lot. Please communicate with us by email. we will reply you in detail and in time.

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In the process of document submission: Better use SF express to deliver it to us instead of come in person, we need more time to check your case to make sure it will go smoothly.
Any unavoidable visit: Please make an appointment with us in advance.

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