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Q: Can I change M visa to Z visa there? In Ningbo

2 years 32 weeks ago in  Business & Jobs - Ningbo

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Highly unlikely I'd say. Pre-pandemic you usually needed to go back home and reapply, I doubt much has changed, except that you'd have a hard time getting back into China if you left because the borders are mostly closed now.


If someone is offering you a job and telling you to come in on the M visa and they'll change it when you arrive, you don't want  that job.


... because in the end you'll need to return home to get Z visa.


At the first time Z visa application, you could get it only at the Chinese Embassy in your home state ... and after that, you could get it in Hong Kong, if lucky. 


That was pre 2017 Labor law changes ...

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I don't know much about the new system but from what I understand having to go back home to reapply is pretty much a given.

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Yeah, at old times, it was impossible to get first Z in HK. 

I guess, it was connected to home state crime/non-crime reporting to China, so one had to return home and apply at Chinese Embassy.


After that, if employer stated on Working permit application " ... Z visa pick-up in HK" and it was confirmed by the Foreign Expert Bureau, you could get it at Chinese Embassy in HK.


I got Z several times in HK's Wanchai before 2017.

I'll never forget some 100 people queue ... in front of the Embassy's doors.


I am not even sure, if Chinese Embassy in HK still exists ... 


Can you spot the bots at the latest 2 Qs?

Have a look at the handle's spelling ... he he

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