China to Compensate Holders of COVID-19 Suspended 10-Year Visas

The Chinese government has announced that it will compensate holders of 10-year visas for the suspension of their visas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Holders of 10-year multiple-entry visas whose visas were temporarily suspended between March 28, 2020, and March 14, 2023, due to COVID-19 can now apply free of charge for a three-year extension.
  • This extension is not applicable to a suspended visa if a new 10-year visa or residence permit has already been issued since 28 March 2020.
  • Holders of 10-year multiple-entry visas can apply for a new 10-year visa on expiry of their current visa, on payment of the standard fee.  However, the authorities will no longer accept applications for new 10-year visas if the current visa has six months or more of validity remaining.
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