NIA new update regarding foreigners visa extension during the epidemic control

Effective from 27 February 2020, China National Immigration Administration (NIA) announced new policy to make it easier for foreigners to enter and leave the country to support the epidemic control.

Who will be affected?

Foreigners whose visa will expire during the epidemic control from 27 February till 27 April, 2020.


According to China immigration policy, foreigner need to renew their residence permit before the visa expiry date.

According to the National Immigration Administration (NIA), foreign nationals working in China in the fields of innovation, entrepreneurship and scientific research, during the epidemic control will have their visa and residence permits automatically extended for two months if their certificates expire during this period. No extension procedure is required, and they can legally stay in China or leave the country during the extended period.

Santa Fe Analysis

Local practice may differ according to the local epidemic situation therefore please check with Santa Fe.

Should you have any questions, please contact the following:

Maggie Hu
Immigration Manager – China
​Santa Fe Relocation
D: (86-21) 6233 9700 ext. 134
M: +13917317947

Robert Day
Group Head of Immigration Operations
Santa Fe Relocation
London, UK
D: +44 7990 021125


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