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China Talent Visa (R)

Chinese talent visa, namely the R Visa is issued to foreign high-level personnel and much-needed highly talented people who need to stay and work in China. Usually they can get a multiple-entry talent visa with the validity of five or ten years, and their spouse and minor children can obtain a relative visa, which refers to the S2 type in most cases, with the same validity. The duration of each stay can be as long as 180 days.

The measure complements the existing Work Z Visa that allows foreigners to work in China if they have a work permit or employment certificate issued by the competent Chinese authorities. The Chinese government has shown its sincerity towards global talents with this policy and created a friendly environment for them to work in China.

Who Count as High Level Talents?

Indubitably, eligible applicants for the R visa must have the highly-skilled and specialized qualities that are urgently needed due to a short supply among Chinese. Here we list major types of talents qualifying for the China talent visa but not all of them.

1. Those who have been selected to join China’s talents introduction programs accredited by talents management authorities, such as the Program for the Introduction of Renowned Overseas Professors, 1,000 Talents Plan, 100 Talents Plan, and CAS Hundred Talents Project.

2. Those who have accomplished achievements in professional fields recognized internationally, including Nobel Prize winners, scholars from Academy of Science or Academy of Engineering in foreign countries, professors and vice professors taking a position in the world’s top 200 universities, etc.

3. Foreigners who are capable of taking market-oriented positions in enterprises encouraged by the government, including senior management staff in China’s state-owned enterprises, Fortune Global 500 Enterprises, etc.

China Talent Visa Requirements & Documents

1. Passport

- Your original passport valid for at least 6 months and a copy of its information page.

2. Application Form

- One accurately and truthfully completed China Talent Visa Application Form signed by the applicant. If the form is filled out by entrusted travel/visa agent, both the applicant's signature and the stamp of the agent are required.

3. Recent Photo

- One recently-taken colored photo. The size of the photo should be 48mm x 33mm, with head width 21mm - 24mm and head length 28mm - 33mm, in white, light grey or light blue background.

4. The Confirmation Letter for High Level Foreign Talents

- to be obtained from China’s provincial level Bureau of Foreign Experts Affairs. (Download Sample of the Confirmation Letter for High Level Foreign Talents)

5. Other documents as required by the Chinese embassy or consulate.


How to Apply for China R Visa

First, applicants need to ask the Chinese organization inviting them to apply online for the Confirmation Letter for High Level Foreign Talents, which may take five working days for processing.

Then prepare other documents mentioned above and submit all these documents to the Chinese embassy, consulate or Chinese Visa Application Service Center (CVASC) wherever available either in person or by someone else or entrusted travel agent. Appointment is not required. Meanwhile, mail applications are not acceptable by most embassies and consulates. In cases where application by post at CVASC is available, extra service fee might be charged.

Processing Time

The normal processing takes about 4 working days and can be shortened to two working days only upon the request of the applicant. The same applies to the applicant’s spouse and minor children.

Chinese R Visa Fees

The talents and their accompanying spouses and minor children can get the visa for free. Neither do they need to pay for the express service fee. However, if applying through the CVASC, they may need to pay some money to the CVASC.

Things to Know after Entering China

Talents working in China with the R visa should apply for a Foreigners Work Permit with the help of their working organization at the local Foreigners Working Management Bureau or its entrusted agencies after entering. Their passports, R visa, the contract of employment, and a physical examination record will be required to submit.

As for the extension, renewal, and replacement of the Foreigners Work Permit, the contract of employment, or certificate of employment issued by the Chinese organization where they work in, a physical examination record, the original R visa and endorsement pages, and passport information page copies are required.

Further Reading:

8 Tips for Filling Out Chinese Visa Application Form

- Last updated on Jan. 23, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on China Talent Visa
Asked by Mehran Khan from PAKISTAN | Jan. 23, 2023 18:26Reply
R visa and work/resident permit
I have R visa and Work/Resident permit; my R visa’s validity is till june 2031, but my Work/resident permit will expire in late April 2023. I’m not in China at the moment. My question is, do I required to enter China before my work/residence permit expires or I can visit after it’s expiry too because I’ll still have an R visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lisa | Jan. 30, 2023 17:48

Don't worry, you can enter China any time only if you have a valid visa. But you need another work permit if it expires.
Asked by Dawar from PAKISTAN | Aug. 18, 2021 22:55Reply
Does the confirmation letter have Names of the SPOUSE or no need to their name?
My company in China is applying for my R visa letter in China. However, they said that there is no option of family members in the application. My Question is if I get the letter having only my name as R talent. Can my family members apply with me for their Visa as dependent? OR can you please share some template having names of the Family members.
Answers (4)
Answered by Thomas | Aug. 22, 2021 23:41

I have exactly the same question.
Normally, family members can easily apply directly for a S1 visa when the husband ins on R-Visa,
but I wonder if consulates have individual rules for it
Answered by Camila | Sep. 24, 2021 08:37

I asked a similar question for the consulate, they said dependents can get S visa as long as their names are stated in the letter
Answered by Shikha joon | Dec. 30, 2021 05:45

Are the flights to China operational as you said you will be joining a Chinese company soon
Answered by Ahmad hassan | Sep. 23, 2022 07:21

so is there any special letter for the family members? or the same in which husband name are mentioned?
Asked by Kwabena from GHANA | Jul. 18, 2021 04:16Reply
Is a PU letter needed for an R Visa application?
Please I have documents for R visa application. Is PU letter also needed to facilitate my visa application process?
Answers (1)
Answered by Henry | Jul. 19, 2021 23:02

I don't think it is needed.
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