31 Jan '18, 8am

China to issue new five-year visas to attract foreigners of Chinese origin from Feb 1

SINGAPORE - Many ethnic Chinese living outside of China will be able to apply for visas valid for much longer stays from Thursday (Feb 1), as the country tries to attract overseas Chinese to live and do business there. Following changes to visa rules, foreigners of Chinese origin will be able to apply for visas valid for multiple entries over a period of five years, up from one year previously. The changes will also see validity periods for residency permits for these foreigners extended from three years to five, reported the state-run China Daily last week (Jan 23). China's Ministry of Public Security announced these changes last week, and said the move is meant to make it easier for these foreigners to "return home" to visit their families, do business and attend to personal errands. A foreigner of Chinese origin refers to either a former Chinese citizen who has obtained...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-to-issue...

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