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Q: Trying to get a work visa in a few weeks time?

I'm trying to get my work visa in a few weeks time (this would be a little over a month after signing the contract) because my employer wants me to get there as soon as possible to begin training before the busy season and because the price of plane tickets increases by $300+ in 4 weeks.

 

As of now, a visa agency is having my documents stamped by the Chinese Embassy for the alien employment license and the documents won't be back to me until early next week. Based on timelines that I've seen online, the license might be back to me by the first week of May. Then by the time I get the invitation letter back for the work visa, that would probably have me flying out on a date with an increased Summer price. I just don't want to keep my employer waiting for long...

 

Should I just book a plane ticket now to for a day before the price increase and hope that I have my work visa by then? Or directly fly to Hong Kong and have it finalized there? Or any other suggestionsindecision?

3 years 17 weeks ago in  Business & Jobs - China

 
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Employment license takes 5 days to issue is all documents are correct.

 

It's not 100% certain now that invitation letters are needed anymore. I've read a few different sources saying they are stopping issuing them.

 

https://www.fragomen.com/knowledge-center/articles/invitation-letters-no...

 

At worst case you're looking at two weeks for employment licence and invitation letter. 1st week of May sounds about right.

 

Note you can't fly direct to Hong Kong to finalise it. The invitation letter, if issued, is addressed to visa centres/consulates in your home country UNLESS addressed to Hong Kong.

 

You're taking a chance booking your flight ticket now. Any delays in the process and you've got a problem. I'd suggest holding on...but depends who is paying for the flight.

 

If needed then they take 3-5 working days to issue.

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Employment license takes 5 days to issue is all documents are correct.

 

It's not 100% certain now that invitation letters are needed anymore. I've read a few different sources saying they are stopping issuing them.

 

https://www.fragomen.com/knowledge-center/articles/invitation-letters-no...

 

At worst case you're looking at two weeks for employment licence and invitation letter. 1st week of May sounds about right.

 

Note you can't fly direct to Hong Kong to finalise it. The invitation letter, if issued, is addressed to visa centres/consulates in your home country UNLESS addressed to Hong Kong.

 

You're taking a chance booking your flight ticket now. Any delays in the process and you've got a problem. I'd suggest holding on...but depends who is paying for the flight.

 

If needed then they take 3-5 working days to issue.

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