Visa

Application

According to the Administrative Law of the People's Republic of China on Entry and Exit of Foreigners, foreigners entering China should apply for a visa through the Chinese diplomatic representative or consular offices, or through other institutions authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China.

When applying for a visa, a visa notice issued by an authorized Chinese organization should be presented. A visa notice can be obtained from the Chinese host organization, the Chinese side of a joint venture, or the warranty company of the foreign representative office and the solely foreign-invested company. The visa notice must be reviewed by the corresponding supervising commission, office or bureau and approved by the authorized organization before submittal.

Types

Chinese visas are divided into four types: diplomatic, etiquette, business and common. Common visas include the following:

A "C" visa is issued to international train staff, plane crews and seamen who are carrying out their respective duties in China, as well as to their family members. Read more for application procedures at: http://www.sz3e.com/en/detail.aspx?id=122

An "F" visa is issued to foreigners invited to China for purposes including visits; research; lectures; business, scientific, technological or cultural exchange; short-term study; and attendance of international meetings and other events for a period of no more than six month. When applying for a visa notice, the host organization shall provide the written application and a well-completed visa notice form. For those attending international conferences or other large events in Shenzhen, a letter of approval should be enclosed from the supervising agency regarding the organization of events to which foreigners are invited. Read more for application procedures at:http://www.sz3e.com/en/detail.aspx?id=128

A "J1" visa is issued to resident foreign journalists in China and their family members.

A "J2" visa is issued to foreign journalists conducting interviews in China on a short-term basis. Read more for application procedures at: http://www.sz3e.com/en/detail.aspx?id=122

An "L" visa is issued to foreigners coming to China for tourism or private affairs (Read more for application procedures at: http://www.sz3e.com/en/detail.aspx?id=121) or to visit relatives (Read more for application procedures at:http://www.sz3e.com/en/detail.aspx?id=120).

An "X" visa is issued to foreigners coming to China for training or field study for a period of more than six month.

A "Z" visa is issued to foreigners who are going to be employed in China and their family members. The maximum period of stay is one year.

Extension

A visa's validity period refers to the time limit for the bearer to enter China and is irrelevant to the duration of stay in China. The duration of stay refers to the period allowed for the bearer to stay in China, starting on the date of entry. If the visitor fails to complete his/her work during the duration of stay, he/she should go to the Entry and Exit Administration of the Shenzhen Public Security Bureau to extend their visa. Thirty days of extension could be granted to an "F" visa if the application is submitted by the bearer's host organization, while 90 days could be granted if the application is submitted by the supervising commission, office or bureau of the host organization. The visa could be renewed repeatedly within one year. An "L" visa can be renewed only once, for 30 days.

Notice

1. All visa or residency permit application documents issued by overseas organizations must be translated into Chinese. Both the original and translated documents should be approved by Chinese embassies or consulates and stamped with official stamps.

2. Foreigners who stay overnight in Shenzhen (not in hotels) or persons who offer accommodation to foreigners should report to a local police station within 24 hours.

3. Foreigners who hold a D, Z, X or JI visa should apply for a residency permit at a local public security bureau or branch within 30 days of their entry.

4. Foreigners who get their visa extended or renew their residency permit should report the change to local police stations.

5. Foreign babies who are born in China should be registered with the Shenzhen Public Security Bureau within one month by their parents or agents, who should present the parents' ID cards and baby's birth certificate. Parents should apply for a visa for their baby when the baby is two months old.

6. Foreigners older than 16 who live in Shenzhen should always carry their passports or residency permits when out and about, in case of random checks by police.

7. Foreigners who violate the above rules could be warned, fined, detained or expelled by public security organizations.

Visa application offices

Office hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-12:00, 14:00-18:00 (Closed on Chinese public holidays.)

The Entry and Exit Administration of the Shenzhen Public Security Bureau

Add: 4018 Jiefang Road, Luohu District

Tel: (86-755)84465490

Pingshan branch

Add: 1 Longping Road

Tel: (86-755)84443018

Luohu branch

Add: 2000 Hubei Road

Tel: (86-755)84460481

Futian branch

Add: Block 106, Jindi Industrial Zone, Fuqiang Road

Tel: (86-755)82918708

Nanshan branch

Add: 388 Zhongshanyuan Road

Tel: (86-755)84466039

Yantian branch

Add: 6 Guanshang Road

Tel: (86-755)4460740

Bao'an branch

Add: 2 Luotian Road

Tel: (86-755)29796260

Longgang branch

Add: 6 Dezheng Road

Tel: (86-755)84468255

Guangming branch

Add: 2 Niushan Road

Tel: (86-755)88211301