China– New Online Application Service for Shanghai 144-Hour Transit Visa Exemption

Posted on November 20, 2018

Effective November 1, 2018, the Shanghai authorities have launched a new online application service for foreign nationals eligible for the 144-hour transit visa exemption, arriving at one of Shanghai’s airports. The number of foreign nationals visiting Shanghai is expected to increase during… Read more »


China – Optional Mainland Residence Card Introduced for Residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan

Posted on September 14, 2018

The Chinese government recently abolished the work permit requirement for residents of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan (“HMT residents”). Effective September 1, 2018, HMT residents can voluntarily apply for a new mainland residence card. Abolition of Work Permit Requirement On… Read more »


China – Change to Document Requirements for Category A Work Permit Applications

Posted on July 16, 2018

Effective immediately, the Shanghai State Administration of Foreign Affairs requires a different tax certificate in support of applications for Category A work permits, including applicable new work permits, renewals and cancellations. Previously, an Individual Income Tax (IIT) Paid Certificate (Duty-Paid… Read more »


China – Upcoming Change to Work Permit Renewal Deadline

Posted on December 15, 2017

  The State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs (SAFEA) has announced that, effective February 28, 2018, all work permit renewal applications nationwide will have to be submitted at least 30 working days before the expiry date. Those who fail to… Read more »


China – Shanghai Introduces Simplified Work Authorization Process

Posted on September 25, 2017

  Foreign nationals in Shanghai classified as a Category B worker under the Unified Work Authorization System can now enter under an M, L or other valid visa to submit a work authorization application. It was required to obtain a… Read more »


China – New Immigration Policy Implemented

Posted on August 28, 2017

A new immigration policy was implemented on April 1, 2017, in all cities in China to streamline the integration of the different type of work permits. The new work permits will be categorized into A, B, and C groups, respective… Read more »


China – Shanghai New Immigration Policy to be Implemented

Posted on August 28, 2017

Beginning March 25, 2017, the Shanghai Labour Bureau will no longer accept any Alien Employment License and Work Permit applications under the old immigration policy. The new process has been streamlined to apply online. Key Changes to Take Effect: Employers… Read more »


China – Work Permit Scheme Implemented in 10 Cities

Posted on November 11, 2016

As reported previously, China introduced a “Pilot Implementation Plan on the Work Permit System for Foreigners in China” in September.  It took effect November 1, in ten pilot cities and provinces, Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Anhui, Guangdong, Hebei, Ningxia, Shandong, Sichuan,… Read more »


China – Proposed Work Permit Scheme to be Implemented

Posted on September 30, 2016

In an announcement made by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs’ on September 9, 2016, the existing Expert Permit (R-visa) and Employment License (Z-visa) will be merged into a single permit.  Beginning October 1, the Work Permit pilot scheme… Read more »


China – Offices Closed for Mid-Autumn Festival

Posted on September 9, 2016

On September 15 and 16, all government and non-government offices in China will close in observance of the Mid-Autumn Festival, in recognition of the autumn harvests. All applicants and employers seeking work permits and other services should expect delays during… Read more »