From the highly authoritative People’s Daily:
The Beijing Olympics official website recently released “A guide to Chinese law for Foreigners coming to, leaving or staying in China during the Olympics” (hereinafter referred to as “the Guide”). The Guide points out that ticketholders for the Olympic Games from overseas will not automatically be granted a visa. They still need to apply for a visa from China’s overseas embassies.
- L and F visa extensions will not be offered from July 1 onwards, not even 30-day extensions:
“Under normal circumstances, most passport holders could get extensions for 30 days simply by paying a fee. Extensions and visas valid up to July 1 can be obtained, not beyond. This is what I have been told by 3 visa agents in Beijing,” writes a user on the LP Thorntree “Visa Sticky” thread). Reports are generally saying that after June 30th there will be no more visa extensions. If you arrive after 1 July, you will only get 30 days with no option of extensions until some time in fall. “Interns and short-term project workers are required to apply for a Z visa if an uninterrupted stay in China is required,” reports the Beijinger.
- Z visa holders are now coming under greater scrutiny now it seems, as the Globe and Mail reports. Apparently people are now getting their Z visas revoked:
Daniel Yeung is still trying to understand how it happened. After eight years of steady employment, the Canadian recruitment consultant is being kicked out of China, forced to join an exodus of foreigners streaming out of the host country ahead of the Beijing Olympics…
…when he tried to renew his work visa this spring, the Chinese authorities rejected his application. They said his educational qualifications, a diploma in physiotherapy, were inadequate for his job and he must have a bachelor’s degree if he wanted to work as a consultant in China. It didn’t matter that his employers were happy with his work, or that he was performing a useful service…
…One of his friends, a Norwegian businessman who owns his own company in China, is being kicked out this summer after 10 years in China because the government said he must have a graduate degree, Mr. Yeung said.