August 25, 2008, 11:00 am
By now, frequent travelers to China have probably heard that China has been tightening the restrictions on visas to China. We've been following the developments of these restrictions since late March, and now bring you a summary of the developments and what to expect in the latest Lehman, Lee & Xu China Law Digest e-newsletter:
The latest development was announced on several Chinese embassies¡¯ websites on April 14th that an original letter must now accompany applications for ¡°F¡± visas from a Chinese state organ confirming the bona fide nature of the applicant¡¯s business in China. Currently this is appearing on websites belonging to the embassies of Singapore, South Africa, Australia and the United States though it can be assumed that the policy is being applied to all countries. Compared to the prior situation where a letter from the businessperson¡¯s employer would suffice, this demonstrates a major departure from the previous situation.
As always, please feel free to contact us
with any questions regarding these recent developments in Chinese visa regulations.
April 21, 2008, 5:14 pm
Here's an announcement from the American Citizens Abroad mailing list about an important change to the two parent passport consent rule for children:
Effective February 1, 2008, children under age 16 (formerly 14) at the time of application must appear in person, and both parents also need to be present and to provide unequivocal consent to passport issuance by signing the application in front of the consular officer. Any parent unable to attend the interview must submit a notarized letter of consent. The consent must be in the English language and can be notarized at any American consular representation free of charge. Letters of consent notarized by non-American notaries are also accepted. Alternatively, the parent applying for the passport must submit proof of sole custody.
For additional information please check the travel.state.gov website at http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/first/first_830.html
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