What You must Know about China’s Latest Visa Regulations
Foreign workers trying to procure a business visa for China now have to submit an invitation letter issued by a local
corporation or by the Chinese authorities along with other requisites.
The new requirement, in effect since August 2012, requires that the invitation letter:
Is issued by a duly authorized unit or a “Confirmation Letter of Invitation” by an authorized Chinese
Is issued by the Chinese local governments, companies, corporations and institutions.
The invitation letter issued by the Chinese companies, corporations and institutions need to be in a specific format
and must include:
Applicant's Personal Information: Name, gender, date of birth, passport number, nationality, full company
name and exact designation of the employee in the company.
Business Tour Details: Purpose of the visit, name of the province, arrival and departure date, relationship
between the Chinese and US entity or relationship between the applicant and the inviter, and details of
the person responsible for the applicant’s accommodation expenditure.
Inviter’s Details: Name of the unit or company that invited the applicant, name of the person who is
issuing the letter, the person’s designation in the company, address, phone number and email address.
The invitation letter must be printed on the company letter head, signed by the authorized person and must also
have the company seal. For the visa application, only a copy of the invitation letter is required but an original may
be requested by the Visa officials.
Taking the help of a business consultant
While hiring staff abroad, a company needs to be compliant with local employment and basic laws of the land from
the very beginning. Entering into a foreign market as an informed employer can mean the difference enabling you
to derive maximum value from your new employees. As the complexities of local laws vary from country to
country, it is imperative to ensure that your international business expansion operations are devoid of any hurdles
and risks are minimal. To succeed in your business, you need the help of an expert who can assist you with the
right information, experience and know-how in all areas of your business, be it global transfer pricing,
international financial reporting, etc. Partner with a reliable service provider to help companies plan ahead and
save on penalties later.
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