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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 Jun. 20, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on China Talent Visa
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.
Asked by Pırıl from TURKEY | Jun. 28, 2021 06:36Reply
R visa 2021

Is it possible to apply now?

R visa can enter China without vaccine?
Answers (2)
Answered by Nancy | Jul. 04, 2021 19:00

You can contact with the Chinese embassy in your country to see whether you can apply for a R visa now. I think you will be required to take the vaccine in order to enter China even if you hold a R visa.
Answered by Nina | Jul. 09, 2021 01:48

How may I apply R-Visa in Portugal? I've tried contacting both Chinese embassy in Lisbon, Portugal and Lisbon Visa Centre but both asked me to go to each other. Where can I actually apply for R-Visa?
Asked by John from DOEY | Jun. 25, 2021 14:16Reply
Is a Ph.D in Mathematics and 5 published academic papers enough for applying for R visa.
I've published 2 academic papers in artificial intelligence before Ph.D, then a Ph.D in Computational And Applied Mathematics with 3 more academic papers. Is this enough to be a High Level Foreign Talent? Is there a list of skills under High Level Foreign Talent? What is the minimum salary for R visa?
Answers (2)
Answered by Amanda | Jul. 04, 2021 18:58

John, you can ask your employer to check at the local exit and entry administration if you qualify for applying for a R visa. There is no list of skills under High Level Foreign Talent and there is no minimum salary for R visa holders.
Answered by vicky | Jul. 17, 2021 05:52

Hello John,

Firstly you need to apply for a Confirmation Letter for High Level Foreign Talents in China, then using this letter to apply for R visa at your local Chinese embassy.
I can send some info about the application condition and how to apply if you want.
Asked by Victor from UKRAINE | Jun. 13, 2021 02:19Reply
What should be done before entering China
I heard that Chinese R visa holders must fill in the time of their arrival in China in a web system before entering China. Where should I fill in this information or do I need to do that in the first place?
Answers (1)
Answered by Dave | Jun. 20, 2021 23:59

I haven't heard about this before. But at the very first place when your employee apply for the Foreigners Work Permit or Invitation Letter for you, they need to fill in your time of arrival and the website is fuwu.most.gov.cn/
Asked by graham from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 11, 2021 08:28Reply
Getting high-talent confimation letter reissued when already have R-visa.
I have an R-visa and am currently in China. My visa started in 2018 and expires in 2028. My family are currently in the UK and want to rejoin me. They have S2 visas with the same expiry date as mine. In order to join me, one of the required documents was the High-talent confirmation letter. I have this but my letter was from 2018 when the visa was initially issued, the embassy are asking for this letter but dated from the last six months. Is this even possible? i mean, I already have the visa and am in China so don't think it is possible to get another confirmation letter.
Answers (1)
Answered by Dave | Jun. 20, 2021 23:37

Just try your luck and state clearly that it is for the purpose of bringing your family to China.
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