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China Business Visas: Fact, Rumour and Uncertainty (

By Gary Bowerman, on Monday, 19 May 2008

The hottest business topic in China at present is the visa issue. Speculation is rife about whether the new visa regulations, in place since April, will endure beyond the Olympics, and whether, in fact, they may tighten further during the Olympic period.

In response, the British Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai hosted a legal seminar on business visa policies on Friday. The upshot is a legal consensus that the new visa issuing rules, though being implemented in advance of the Olympic Games, are not specifically for the Olympic period, but will most likely remain in place as part of a reform of China’s immigration practice. Those hoping for “a return to the old days” in October, as was widely predicted, will be disappointed.

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