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|Married to Chinese National...visa issues|
|Jul 19, 2008 07:37|
I was hoping someone might have some advice or knowledge regarding visas for foreigners who are married to a Chinese National and living in China. I have been married for about 18 months and live in China with my husband. I have lived in China, for the most part, since 2004. During that time I have mostly had an F visa, though recently (last 6 months) have been on a tourist visa. My husband is about to start up a company...and our plan was for me to work for him as a "foreign expert" (I have the relevant qualifications etc). What I was wanting to know was can I convert my L visa to a Z visa? Must I do this in my home country? As I am married to a local am I eligible for a resident permit instead of a Z visa? I am very confused about the whole process and was wondering why I can't find any information on gov rules of married couples living in China!
Any help would be very appreciated!
|Jul 19, 2008 20:52|
|If you are confused, then join the rest of us! You don't mention which country you are from, but the standard procedure for obtaining your initial Z visa is to apply in your country of citizenship. However, there have been cases where people have managed to get them internally (adding to the confusion of how this whole thing works). As far as being married to a Chinese citizen, as far as I know (I know a little!), being married gives you no added visa rights, except that you can apply for an L visa for the purpose of visiting family, which gives you the change of getting a 12 month issue. |
Regarding your husband starting his own business and employing you. It is a good idea that in theory can work, but you will be piled high in paperwork, permits, and certificates for the next few months, and even then, unless your husband can prove that you can do a job which no Chinese national can do, then the chances are slim. The fact that he is your husband won't increase your chances. You may suggest he look into starting a Hong Kong Overseas Company, and then registering to have an office in Mainland China. This way, it will increase his chances of being able to employ you as a foreigner working in China. The only down side to this is that he won't be able to issue tax tickets to his customers (fa piao) because he won't be paying tax to the Chinese government (he will be paying a lower rate to the HK government).
Hope some of this info helps.
|Jul 20, 2008 01:22|
|According to previous posts and what I know from friends (and as the Baron says) the standarsd visa for a spouse is a 'tourist for family reasons' and it can normally be renewed each year within China. There is definitely no special visa for u, and no automatic right of residence. You can apply for other visa types if you have grounds and are required to get it. There is no point unless you want to work or study or run a business.|
|Jul 24, 2008 22:30|
Thanks for your replies. You have cleared up some things for me and for that I am forever grateful! And glad to know its not just me who is having difficulties with visas. BTW...I am Australian, since I failed to mention that in my initial post (not sure if that makes any difference). We are still continuing with the idea of starting our own company and obtaining a work visa that way. Fingers crossed we can sort something out...I will post again here if I gain any insight into the visa rules and regs!!
|Jul 25, 2008 20:57|
|i am a indian married chinese natioalgirl about 4 years now we have a baby girl.|
my self old age i want settle in china with my small family. we married legal in dubai. now we bothworking in dubai.how can i get long residence visa? someoneplease help me. now i have L visa for 1 year. 60 days stay multiply visa. thanks
|Oct 13, 2008 12:48|
|You are in good standings, praise the Lord, my fianc'ee lives in China and am preparing to move there to marry her. She has done her research and I cana live there off of a spousal visa. Congrads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and Most important God Bless you and Jesus Loves you.|
|Jan 2, 2009 09:45|
|GUEST47141||hi, john here in usa. have you managed to marry and get to china? i will be in a similar situation soon|
|Jan 6, 2009 23:23|
|Hello every body,|
I am an Indian Guy already married with a Chinese Girl,
In the beging of the relationship I felt in so many troubles, but now with the help of my wife and friends I am in good condition and staying in china.
I welcome all of the men or women those married with chinese nationals, if they want any suggestion and help that I or my wife can do.
my personal mail ID and Msn is : hotmail.com|vikrant.raja
do feel free to contact with me to discuss any problem relaed to your visa and relations.
wishes of peace, pleasure and Love to you all.
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