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China has introduced new regulations for the R Visa, which is available to high-level talent, effective January 1, 2018.

What is the change?

Individuals applying for a Chinese R Visa can benefit from the following:

  • Increased duration of stay: multiple stays of up to 180 days.

  • Faster processing: Chinese embassies, consulates or other overseas offices authorized by the Foreign Ministry can issue an R Visa within a minimum of two working days.  

  • Increased validity: a validity of five to 10 years.

  • Economic benefits: no visa or expedited handling fees. 


Qualifying criteria

Similar to the qualifying criteria for Category A work permits, individuals who qualify for the R Visa include highly-qualified scientists, international entrepreneurs and those with high-level skill sets.


Further benefits

The spouse and minor children of a foreigner who qualifies for an R Visa can receive multiple-entry visas with the same term of validity.

Work permit applications for R Visa holders entering China can be completed online within a minimum of three working days, provided all documents are in place.     


Key Considerations 

The R (Talent) Visa is issued by a Chinese embassy or consulate overseas. In advance of the visa application, a confirmation letter of Foreign High-End Talents must be applied for and obtained from the system of the Bureau of Foreign Expert Affairs. The R (Talent) Visa cannot replace a work permit. If a labor contract is signed between an applicant and a domestic employer, the applicant must apply for a work permit and residence permit as required.


Sources: This information was prepared using information from the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs P.R. China. 国家外国专家局 外交部 公安部关于印发 《外国人才签证制度实施办法》的通知, 外专发[2017] 218号


Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Emily Wang, China Team Lead, Visa and Immigration Services or Debra Beynon, Regional Immigration Manager, APAC.

New regulations for high-level talent visa

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