CHINA – New Deregistration Process Implemented in Beijing

Posted on October 30, 2015

The Beijing Labor Bureau recently announced that a company’s local human resources representatives may no longer appoint an immigration agent or third-party representative to file deregistration application on their behalf. Local HR representatives must now appear in person to deregister… Read more »


CHINA – Government Offices to Close for One Week

Posted on September 18, 2015

In observation of China’s National Day, government offices will close during October 1-7. Processing for visas, permits and other immigration services will be delayed as government offices in China and Chinese consulates abroad will be closed during that time. Delays… Read more »


CHINA – Guidelines for Highly-Skilled Foreign Workers in Shanghai Announced

Posted on August 28, 2015

Shanghai has published its new immigration guidelines which affect several permits including the Work (Z) visa, Expert permit, Resident permit, Talent (R) visa and Shanghai B card.  Shanghai’s objective is to attract highly-skilled foreign workers and become a center of… Read more »


CHINA – Age Limit Enforced for Foreign Workers in Beijing

Posted on August 14, 2015

The Beijing Labor Bureau is now stringently monitoring foreign workers, approaching age 60 and older, who are applying for or renewing work permits. Foreign workers applying for initial work permits are likely to be denied if they are nearing the… Read more »


CHINA – WWII Commemoration to Postpone Processing Times

Posted on August 7, 2015

Government offices in China will be closed on September 3-5, 2015 in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Work permit and residence permit processing will be suspended during that time. Applicants should expect processing… Read more »


CHINA – Changes to Immigration Rules and Procedures in Shanghai; and Relaxed Entry Requirements for Taiwan Nationals

Posted on July 10, 2015

On July 1st, 2015, the Ministry of Public Security in Shanghai began implementing various changes to immigration procedures and rules, aimed at attracting more highly skilled foreign nationals to the city. Also, the entry requirements for Taiwanese nationals travelling to… Read more »


CHINA – Immigration Rules and Procedures Relaxed for Foreign Workers in Shanghai

Posted on June 26, 2015

Beginning July 1, 2015, highly-skilled foreign nationals will be able to obtain Permanent Residence status and Residence Permits in an easier manner due to new immigration policies. The Ministry of Public Security also announced that these new policies should facilitate… Read more »


CHINA & AUSTRALIA – Free Trade Agreement Establishes Benefits for Business Travelers, Workers, & Businesses

Posted on June 26, 2015

Signed on June 17, 2015, the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement will simplify travel for both countries’ business visitors, highly-skilled workers, and intracompany transferees. It will also promote investment opportunities and reduce trade restrictions between China and Australia. Improvements for Visa… Read more »


CHINA – New Procedures for Short-Term Work Permit Under Exit-Entry Law

Posted on April 24, 2015

New procedures are to provide guidelines on how to implement the 90-day work permit rule while under the new exit-entry law and regulations. The procedures are meant to do the following: define the term “short-term work;” specify the requirements for… Read more »


CHINA – Three-Year Work Permits Available in Beijing

Posted on January 9, 2015

As of December 25th, 2014, three-year work permits are now available to certain foreign employees in Beijing. Prior to this change, the work permits were only valid for one year. The new three-year permits are available to foreign workers that… Read more »