February 6th, 2014
If you're planning a trip to China, you should be aware that Chinese visa regulations have changed over the past year. Here's a summary of the changes, all of which became effective on September 1st, 2013:
New Visa Types
M Visa- Previously, business trips to China required an F visa. Now, under the new Chinese visa rules, you would apply for an M visa for most business trips.
Q Visa- The Q visa is a new category specifically for reuniting family members, which used to be covered by the L visa. There are two types of Q visas: the Q1 visa is for long-term stays of 180 days or more. The Q2 visa is for short-term stays. To be covered under a Q visa, the family members in question must be Chinese citizens or permanent residents.
S Visa- The S Visa is for spouses, parents
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