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15 July 2015

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Is there any update on R visas for foreign talent?

As mentioned above, R visas will be issued to foreign high-level talents that China needs and to specialized talents that are urgently needed due to short supply. (State Council regs, arts. 6(9), 7(9)).


The draft State Council regulations would have required that a provincial level department or higher make the determination that a foreigner qualifies (art. 9(9)), but that requirement was deleted from the final regulations.


Before R visas can be issued, further rules will need to be issued–probably by the State Administration for Foreign Expert Affairs–to define their requirements and procedures.


In the meantime, foreign experts will continue to apply for Z work visas under current rules.