Reply of No.3 Team to the Letter on the Request for Provision of Foreign-related Service Information

Cyberspace Administration of Wuhan:

The Letter on the Request for Provision of Foreign-related Service Information has been received. No.3 Team, through careful research, hereby puts forward the following modifications to the Visa Issues in line with the latest foreign service information in Wuhan:

    I. Paragraph 1 of Article 1 therein should be revised to read:

Chinese Visas are categorized as diplomatic visa, courtesy visa, official visa and ordinary visa. Diplomatic or official visas shall be issued to foreigners who enter China for diplomatic or official reasons; and courtesy visas shall be issued to foreigners who are given courtesy due to their special status. The scope and measures for issuance of diplomatic, courtesy and official visas shall be regulated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Appropriate types of ordinary visa shall be issued to foreigners who enter China due to non-diplomatic or official reasons including work, study, family visit, travel, business activities and talent introduction. The types of ordinary visa and relevant issuance measures shall be stipulated by the State Council.

Ordinary visas are divided into the following categories and shall be marked with corresponding letters in the Chinese phonetic alphabet: 

 (1) The C visa is issued to crewmembers performing duties on board an international train, aircraft or vessel, and the accompanying family members of vessel crewmembers, andvehicledrivers engaged in international transportation services;

 (2) The D visa is issued to persons who come to China for permanent residence; 

 (3) The F visa is issued to persons who come to China for exchanges, visits, study tours or other relevant activities; 

 (4) The G visa is issued to persons who transit through China; 

 (5) The J1 visa is issued to resident foreign journalists of permanent offices of foreign news agencies in China; the J2 visa is for foreign journalists who come to China for short-term news coverage;

 (6) The L visa is issued to persons who come to China for travel; persons who come to China for group travel can be issued Group L visas;

 (7) The M visa is issued to persons who come to China for commercial trade activities; 

 (8) The Q1 visa is issued to family members of Chinese citizens and family members of foreigners with permanent residence status in China who apply for residence in China for family reunion, as well as for persons who apply for residence in China for fosterage or other purposes; the Q2 visa is for relatives of Chinese citizens living in China, or relatives of foreigners with permanent residence status in China, who apply for a short-term visit;

 (9) The R visa is issued to foreigners of high talent who are needed, or specialists who are urgently needed, by the State;

 (10) The S1 visa is issued to the spouses, parents, children under the age of 18 or parents-in-law of foreigners residing in China for work, study or other purposes who apply for a long-term visit to China, as well as for persons who need to reside in China for other personal matters; the S2 visa is for family members of foreigners staying or residing in China for work, study or other purposes who apply for a short-term visit to China, as well as for persons who need to stay in China for other personal matters;

 (11) The X1 visa is issued to persons who apply for long-term study in China; the X2 visa is for persons who apply for short-term study in China;

 (12) The Z visa is issued to persons who apply for work in China.

II. Paragraph 2 of Article 2 therein should be revised to read:

A foreigner applying for a visa shall fill out the application form, and submit his or her passport or other international travel documents, qualified photos, and material relating to the purpose of application.

 (1) To apply for the C visa, the applicant shall submit the letter of guarantee provided by a foreign transportation company or the letter of invitation provided by the entity concerned in China;

 (2) To apply for the D visa, the applicant shall submit the form issued by the Ministry of Public Security confirming his or her permanent residence status; 

 (3) To apply for the F visa, the applicant shall submit the invitation letter provided by the inviting party in China;

 (4) To apply for the G visa, the applicant shall submit a through ticket (air, road, rail or sea) to another country or region with the date and seat number on it; 

 (5) To apply for the J1 or J2 visa, the applicant shall go through the formalities of examination and approval in accordance with the Chinese provisions on news coverage by permanent offices of foreign news agencies in China and by foreign journalists, and submit the relevant application material;

 (6) To apply for the L visa, the applicant shall, as required, submit travel plans and itinerary and other material; in the case of a group tour, the applicant shall also submit the letter of invitation provided by the travel agency;

 (7) To apply for the M visa, the applicant shall, as required, submit the letter of invitation provided by the commercial or trade partner in China; 

 (8) To apply for the Q1 visa, in the case of applying for residence in China for family reunion, the applicant shall submit the invitation letter provided by the Chinese citizen living in China or by the foreigner with permanent residence status in China and proof of family relationship; and in the case of applying for entry for fosterage or other purposes, the applicant shall submit such certification documents as a power of attorney; to apply for the Q2 visa, the applicant shall submit such certification documents as the letter of invitation provided by the Chinese citizen living in China or by the foreigner with permanent residence status in China;

 (9) To apply for the R visa, the applicant shall meet the qualifications and requirements set by the competent authorities of the Chinese government for inviting persons of high talent or urgently needed specialists, and the applicant shall, in accordance with relevant provisions, submit the relevant certification documents;

 (10) To apply for the S1 or S2 visa, the applicant shall, as required, submit the invitation letter provided by the foreigner staying or residing in China for work, study or other purposes and proof of family relationship, or the certification documents required for dealing with personal matters in China; 

 (11) To apply for the X1 visa, the applicant shall, in accordance with relevant provisions, submit the admission notice issued by the admission institution and the certification documents provided by the competent authority; to apply for the X2 visa, the applicant shall, in accordance with relevant provisions, submit such certification documents as the admission notice issued by the admission institution;

 (12) To apply for the Z visa, the applicant shall, in accordance with relevant provisions, submit the work permit and other certification documents.

The visa authority may, in light of specific cases, require a foreigner to submit additional application material.

III. In Paragraph 1 of Article 4 therein, the content reading "foreigners holding passports marked with D, Z, X and J-1, as of the date of entering China …… fire emergency call: 119" should be revised to read:

Where visas held by foreigners specify that foreigners need to apply for residence permits after entry, such foreigners shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local peoples governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners residence permits.

Foreigners who work in China shall obtain work permits and work-type residence permits in accordance with relevant regulations. No entities or individuals shall employ foreigners who have no work permits or work-type residence permits. The administrative measures for foreigners working in China shall be stipulated by the State Council.

IV. In Item 2, Paragraph 2 of Article 4 therein, Item (3) should be deleted, and Items (4), (5) and (7) should be revised to read:

On the basis of the need for maintaining national security and public security, public security organs and national security organs may impose restrictions on foreigners and foreign institutions from establishing places of residence or work in certain areas; and may order that established places of residence or work be relocated within a prescribed time limit. Without approval, foreigners shall not access foreigner-restricted areas.

For foreign infants born in China, their parents or agents shall, within 60 days after they are born, on the strength of the birth certificates, go through the formalities for stay or residence registration for them with the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under peoples governments at or above the county level in the places of their parents stay or residence. For foreigners who decease in China, their relatives, guardians or agents shall, in accordance with relevant regulations, on the strength of the death certificates, report their death to the exit/entry administrations of the public security organs under local peoples governments at or above the county level to cancel their stay or residence permits.

Foreigners who reached at the age of 16 and stay or reside in China shall carry with them their passports or other international travel documents, or foreigners stay or residence permits, and accept the inspection of public security organs. Within the prescribed time limit, foreigners who reside in China shall submit foreigners residence permits to public security organs under local peoples governments at or above the county level in the places of residence for examination.

V. In Paragraph 3 of Article 4 therein, Item 3 should be deleted and Item 1 should be revised to read:

The registered items of a foreign residence permit shall include name, sex, date of birth, reason for residence and duration of residence of the holder, date and place of issuance, passport number or other international travel documents number. Where the registered item in a foreigners residence permit has changed, the holder shall, within 10 days from the date of change, apply to the exit/entry administration of public security organ under the local peoples government at or above the county level in the place of residence for going through the formalities for alteration.

 

 

No.3 Team

2018.5.14