- The huge African community in Guangzhou is starting to feel the heat as many of them are being forced to leave the country because of new visa policies, reports Bloomberg citing the South China Morning Post:
Nearly half of the 10,000 Africans in the city have already been forced to leave because their visa-renewal applications have been denied and at least 100 people are stranded in Macau without enough money to return home, the newspaper reported.
African nationals in the city have been running small businesses on flexible, six-month “F” visas and are now being given only tourist visas of up to 15 days, the Morning Post said.
The General Committee of African People in Guangzhou has sent a letter to 10 African embassies in Beijing asking them to press the Chinese government on the issue, the newspaper added.
- Fons Tuinstra of China Herald cites a message from the Dutch embassy in Beijing found on the Dutch website De Gele Draak which he says confirms the rumour that students with expiring visas will only get their new visas after the Olympics:
Also the Dutch Embassy has found out that visa of foreign students who are already in China for study and whose visa will expire shortly, are not being extended over the summer period. People involved will basically have to leave the country and have to apply abroad to get a visa for the next semester.
Previously on Shanghaiist
China visa updates
Good news for UK F visa applicants?
More updates on the Chinese visa situation
No more Hong Kong and Macau visa runs?
Getting your F visa: Even magic won’t work now!
The multiple-entry F visa goes on holiday for the Olympics
China tightening F visa applications?