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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 modified on Jan. 13, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Talent Visa
Asked by Simon from GERMANY | Jan. 10, 2019 23:53Reply
Residence permit needed when having R visa
My university says I need to apply not only for a work permit but also for a residence permit although I am the holder of an R. However this residence permit will reduce my legal time in China to the length of the work permit. What is the correct way?
Answers (2)
Answered by Taylor from USA | Jan. 13, 2019 17:34

after you enter China under R type, you need to go to the local PSB to apply for the residence permit, which has multiple entries and allows you to exit and entry China within its validity.
Answered by Simon from CHINA | Jan. 13, 2019 22:48

Thank you for this quick reply, however this means I will loose my original R Visa and its 10 year duration, because it will be replaced by a normal residence permit. I don't see the benefit of this, as i used to have residence permits before and they all basically kick you out the day your work contract finished :(
Asked by monik from COLOMBIA | Dec. 31, 2018 15:20Reply
How long I can stay out of the china to renew a new 180 days period
Hello, I will be working for an university one year, they suggested a R but my appointment will be for one year. Can I have the R and after 180 days travel to some place for a couple of days and then return in order to renew it? thank you for the help.
Answers (1)
Answered by Reynolds from SAN MARINO | Jan. 02, 2019 19:26

There is no limit on how many time you can stay out of the China to renew a new 180 days period.
Asked by Mike from CROATIA | Dec. 11, 2018 21:45Reply
whats needed to confirm you're in R visa category?
i want to teach english in china and i've seen some schools are offering R.
what is the justification to get the R as a non native english teacher ?
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Answered by Shay from FINLAND | Dec. 11, 2018 22:14

The R type is issued to those who are high-level talents or whose skills are urgently needed in China. If you don't have the invitation from Chinese government, you can apply for the work Z type to work in mainland China.
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