China: Tightened enforcement and control over visa rules for foreigners

Global Watch ()

The Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council recently released regulations relating to the new Exit-Entry Administration Law which became effective on July 1, 2013. The regulations were released on July 12, 2013 but will take effect on September 1, 2013. They introduce various new visa types and provide clarity on the administrative procedures and supporting documents required. Companies with globally mobile workforces and foreigners should be aware of the changes and their impacts, including the potential to wait additional time for applications to be approved.