Many people that live and work in China have been seriously affected by the devastating impact of COVID-19 in 2020! Many have been unable to return to work, many have been separated from their families, this article is designed to help you understand the major requirements if you seek a return to China in the near future.
Even now, some people still don’t know what a PU Invitation Letter is?
Today I have summarized the most frequently asked questions often asked by our clients and below I will answer these questions one by one:
Q & A
Q1: Do all foreigners have to apply for the “PU Invitation Letter” for entry at this stage?
A: Yes (Except for some nationalities that were mentioned in our previous article), The “Temporary Closure Policy” anounced by the Chinese Government on March 28th has not been cancelled and will still be implemented. Therefore, at present, foreigners entering China must apply for a new visa at the Chinese consulate/embassy abroad, and the most important material for applying for a new visa is the “PU Invitation Letter” issued by the Foreign Affairs Office.
Q2: If my residence permit was issued before March 28th and it is still valid, can I come in without a PU Invitation Letter?
A: You also need to apply for a new visa to come in. Whether or not the PU Invitation Letter is required depends on the country’s embassy or consulate. We can help you according to your situation and analyze the application plan based on your situation.
Q3: Can I apply for a visa directly without a PU Invitation Letter for visas issued after March 28th?
A: European citizens or Green channel countries who have vaild residence DO NOT need PU invitation letters. Other citizens should ask their embassies and consulates for details.
Q4: If I am overseas now and do not hold any residence permit or only hold other types of visa, how can I return to China?
A: First of all, you need to have an employer from a Chinese company, and then apply for a work permit first. After you get the work permit notification letter, you can use it as one of the materials to apply for the PU Invitation letter from the Foreign Affairs Office. After getting the PU Invitation Letter, apply for a Z visa from the Chinese embassy and consulate abroad.
Q4: 如果我现在在海外， 并不持有任何居留许可，或只持有其他类型签证，我该如何返回中国？
Q5: I work for a Shenzhen company and have been overseas due to the pandemic. How can I return to work in China (in case of non European countries and green channel countries)?
A: First of all, please make sure that your work permit is still within the validity period; secondly, we can apply for the “PU Invitation Letter” in the name of your company. After you get it, you can directly apply for a Z visa at the Chinese consulate/embassy.
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Q6: I am currently working in Shenzhen, my family members are still overseas and unable to return to Shenzhen due to the pandemic. How can we reunite?
A: We can apply for the “PU Invitation Letter” separately for your family members in the name of your company. After getting it, family members must apply for the S1/S2 or Q1/Q2 visa to enter China. After entering the country, we can apply for a residence permit for family members normally.
Q7: I am an English teacher in Shenzhen and I have been overseas due to the pandemic. Can I apply for a PU Invitation Letter to come in?
A: Yes, the Shenzhen Education Industry can apply for a PU Invitation Letter without nationality restrictions.
Q8: How long does it take to process the “PU Invitation Letter” currently? Is the success rate high?
A: The average is about 2-3weeks and is worth trying for.
Q8: 目前办理《邀请函-PU Letter》需要多久？成功率高吗？
Q9: Are there any restrictions on countries? Can foreigners of any nationality apply for the “PU Invitation Letter”?
A: Yes, you can apply without any restrictions. but the approval result depends on the Foreign Affairs Office.
Q10: After foreigners enter Shenzhen, do they need to be quarantined for 14 days? If quarantined for 14 days, is it a government designated place?
A: Yes (unless your country and China have a fast-track agreement to exempt quarantine), the place will be designated by the Chinese Government.
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Q11: Is there anything that I must pay special attention to when applying for the “PU Invitation Letter”?
1) The visa location on the “PU Invitation Letter” obtained is fixed, this means that you must determine your visa application location in advance. (For example: you chose to apply in Paris, France… you cannot go to the Chinese Consulate in Germany after you get the invitation letter);
2) Currently, according to the regulations of the Civil Aviation Administration of China and Chinese Customs, all passengers who take flights to China are required to board the plane with a certificate of negative COVID-19 acid test (within 3-5 days).
Q11: 申请《邀请函-PU Letter》有什么需要特别注意的地方？
Q12: Is there an urgent service?
A：If you need urgent service, please inform the visa officer when submitting your visa. As long as you have a valid reason, the visa officer will usually be able to meet your requirements, but this will require you to pay an additional fee at the time of collection.
Q13: What are the types of reasons that meet the requirements for applying for the “PU Invitation Letter”?
A: The reasons that meet the conditions for applying for the “PU Invitation Letter” are divided into the following categories:
1) Exchange, visit, inspection, etc.;
2) Commercial trade activities;
3) Other special reasons that cannot be rejected.
Q13: 符合申办《邀请函-PU Letter》条件的事由分为哪几类？
Q14: What to pay attention to when applying?
A: Issues that need attention in the application process include before, during and after the application.
1) Before applying, we should pay attention to whether the company’s tax returns are normal, whether the company has a bad credit record, whether it is in normal operation, etc.
2) In the application, we should pay attention to cooperate with the government departments in a timely manner, this is because if phone calls are not received or materials are not perfect, for example, this will have an effect on the pass rate. Timely follow-up is very important.
3) After applying for the PU Invitation Letter, the company will inform the applicant in time and the following will be required… flight information, an acid test report within 3-5 days before departure, detailed travel arrangements. Avoid trouble caused by rushed preparation.
Q15: What should foreigners do if they feel unwell during the pandemic?
A: To minimize the chance of cross infection, please first call the Shenzhen Family Doctor Center at 400-11-91160 and press 2 for preliminary consultation so that the risk of hospital cross infection is reduced. For further information on the epidemic situation, you can call 12345.
If you have symptoms including a high fever and/or cough, please wear a mask and go to a nearby hospital with a fever clinic as soon as possible.
You can go to The Peking University Shenzhen Hospital or The University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Hospital for better English services.Q15: 疫情期间外国人如遇身体不适该怎么处理？
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Q16: How to deal with the medical expense of foreigners who are diagnosed with pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus infection?
A: Medical expenses incurred by foreigners in Shenzhen who are suspected cases or confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus infection and those treated at hospitals designated by the municipal health authority shall be covered by medical insurance or government finance after treatment. Individuals do not have to pay for the above mentioned medical expenses.
We hope to assist as many people as possible to make a swift return to China with legitimate needs to return to work or reunite with their families in accordance with China’s laws and regulations. If you have any further questions or require the relevant policies of other cities, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The relevant policies of PU Invitation Letter will be updated by the government departments in real time. This article does not have any legal responsibility. We can only provide the information we received and understand at the time of this article. If you have any questions or objections about this article, please check the latest official news.
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