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Q: How many times can you get a tourist visa in a row?

People I know keep having to go out of the country and back in again for new tourist visas. Don't they get suspicious if you keep doing this every 3 months that maybe just maybe you are actually working. 

6 years 6 weeks ago in  Visa & Legalities - China

 
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So long as your papers are in order you can get visas as many times as you want. When you report to the PSB to get the temporary residence permit, write "work" in the box that says "purpose of visit". So if you get checked by police, you show that you are properly registered. If they probe further just say that you are waiting for the contract. They usually accept this. 

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Is that a serious answer louischuahm or are you being delibratley sarcastic and misleading? You're either taking the piss or giving false information on purpose. I know there are quite a few questions on here that the posters could answer themselves if they could be bothered to search this site but dishonest answers are no use at all.

 

It has been quite clear for sometime now that getting multiple consecutive tourist visa's (especially in Hong Kong) is being stopped. In China it is now one tourist visa extension and as far as I know equally strict in HK.

 

As for advising the poster to state "work" on the temporary residence permit you are asking for them to be deported. You know that people can't come here on a tourist visa and convert it inside China to a Z-visa/work permit/residence visa. If the OP does as you state they will be in trouble.

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Whatever you do don't extend a tourist visa inside China. You may be refused a new visa.

 

In HK you can't get a multiple entry visa now unless you have a HK ID card.

 

Staying in China on L visas is not a good idea. Not unless you can afford to fly to your home country every few months.

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My first 3 years in China were on tourist visas.  3 one year mult-entry.  I left China every three months for a vacation or stepped into HK for a second.  Of course, I don't work.  Every year, I went to HK, mailed my passport to America where a company handled my visas.  I wouldn't recommend this to anyone necessarily, but it can be done.  Now, I'm on a spousal family residence visa, so I need not do this to remain in China.

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I used to know many people on L and F visas who had lived long term. Now I don't. The moral here is get a work or spousal visa if you want to live in china for more than few months. It's only gonna get harder and the government will not relent on kicking out illegal foreigners.

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