The PSB in China has announced increased processing times for various applications, to be implemented nationwide starting July 1, 2013. Additionally, business visas are only renewable once going forward. Lastly, the PSB in Shanghai has implemented changes to the Residence Permit Entity Amendment process.
Extended Processing Times
The PSB has announced that processing times will be extended nationwide for the following applications:
Residence Permit, including initial, renewal and amendment applications: 15 working days excluding date of filing;
Visas, including business and tourism visas: 7 working days, excluding date of filing.
The new processing times as mentioned above are excluding date of filing and currently no expedited processing is available at the PSB. Some of the most highly travelled cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Suzhou, have started implementing the increased processing times immediately on July 1, 2013. Other cities are expected to implement them within the coming days.
Business Visa Renewals
Previously, foreigners could renew their business visa up to two times from within China. As of July 1, 2013 this in-country renewal will only be possible once. In order to extend a business visa within China a copy of the original government issued Invitation Letter used for the initial application will need to be submitted.
Residence Permit Entity Amendment
The PSB in Shanghai has announced that effective July 1, 2013 a Residence Permit Entity Amendment application will need to be submitted within 10 calendar days after the employees last working day at the previous working location, and, as already mentioned above, the processing time of this application has been increased to 15 working days. Since the Residence Permit Entity Amendment application can only be submitted once the Work Permit Entity Amendment application has been approved, this shortened window to apply for the Residence Permit amendment is in conflict with the increased processing times for the Work Permit Entity Amendment application to 15 working days.