New requirement for China visa applications
As part of the China visa application process, applicants are now required to provide the old or expired passport if the current or new passport was issued on or after January 1, 2014. Failing to do so may trigger a deferred decision or refusal of the application. There is no formal announcement of this new requirement but it takes effect immediately. This requirement is still new and some areas are yet to be defined.
Remark: Applicants for China visas should be prepared to submit, if requested, their old passport. Applicants are advised to check if this requirement is in place with the respective consulate or embassy before submitting the application. Crown will continue to monitor the progress and advise of any further developments.
Beijing and Shanghai suspend the issue of M-visa invitation letters
To facilitate the application process of an M-visa, some authorities in Beijing and Shanghai have suspended the issue of invitation letters. Invitation letters from the company are now accepted. There is no official announcement of this new arrangement yet but it is effective immediately.
To date, the Beijing Municipal Commission of Commerce, the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce and the Pudong District Foreign Affairs Office have suspended the issue of invitation letters. However, the Shanghai Foreign Affairs Office as well as the authorities in Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin and Xi’an will continue to issue the letters without change.
Note: M-visa applicants must bring an invitation letter from their employer. We recommend our clients to check with the local embassy or consulate as requirements can differ between locations. Crown will continue to monitor the progress and advise of any further developments.
Source: No official source is available at the time of writing this update.
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