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17. How long will adjudication of a visa, stay certificate, or residence permit application by the Exit-Entry Administration take? Is travel possible while the application is pending?If an application for a visa extension, replacement, reissuance, or stay certificate is complete and appears to be approvable, the Exit-Entry Administration will issue an acceptance notice with a validity period of not more than 7 work days, and will adjudicate the application within that period. (EEAL, art. 29; State Council regs, arts. 13, 36). Similarly, if an application for an issuance, extension, replacement, or reissuance of a residence certificate is complete and appears to be approvable, the Exit-Entry Administration will issue an acceptance notice with a validity period no more than 15 work days, and adjudicate the application within that period. (EEAL, art. 30; State Council regs, art. 18, 36). The Exit-Entry Administration will retain an applicant’s passport while the application is pending. The acceptance notice will serve as evidence that a person is legally in China. (State Council regs, arts. 13, 18). However, the State Council has not implemented proposals to issue acceptance notices that are valid for purposes such as domestic travel on trains and airplanes as well as for banking transactions. Nor has the Exit-Entry Administration announced procedures for expediting an application in the event of a true emergency. This will cause some inconvenience to both employers and foreigners.|
18. Will visa runs to Hong Kong or a third country be possible?The statute and State Council regulations are silent on this.
19. Should foreigners expect their immigration status will be checked in connection with financial, educational, medical, and telecommunications transactions?An important purpose of the new law was to “strengthen communication and coordination in the control of exit and entry affairs,” including establishing “a uniform exit and entry control information platform to share information among administrative departments” and improving the collection of biometric data. (EEAL arts. 4-5, 7). The draft State Council regulations specified that policy carrying out official business may verify visa and residence status (art. 34) and that employers may verify a foreigner’s identity through the Exit-Entry Administration (art. 43). These requirements were inexplicably dropped in the final regulations. However, the final regulations state that “if a finance, education, medical, or telecommunication work unit, etc. in the course of business needs to verify a foreigner’s status, it may apply to the Exit-Entry Administration” (art. 27). It remains to be seen how thoroughly these checks will be carried out and how accurate the results will be.