Question Summary on Automatical 2 months Visa Extension Policy

Question Summary on Automatical 2 months Visa Extension Policy

Recently, many expats have come to Elite Stage inquiring about visa or work permit expiration or renewal issues, some of them were very worried about that during the epidemic period.


And on the other side, on March 1, Mr. Liu Haitao, an officer of the National Immigration Administration (NIA) announced at a press conference that foreigners wouldl have their stay or residence permits extended automatically for two months without any special procedures during the epidemic period.


However, many foreigners were still confused about “automatical 60-day visa extension policy.

Today, Elite Stage concludes the common questions, trying to make those issues clearly.

Which types of visas exactly does "automatical 60-day visa extension" policy apply to?

This policy is applicable to almost all types, including common types: M, L, F, Q2, X2, residence permit and even stay visa (Humanitarian Visa).

Does the "automatical 60-day visa extension" policy apply to all foreigners in China?

Yes. For all foreigners currently in China, there are no specific

region restrictions.

Can I apply another type visa to enter if my residence permit is expired because of the COVID-19 outbreak?

Yes, you can apply other type visa in a Chinese consulate or S2 visa in China port and  extend your residence permit after entering instead of new application of residence permit( no need physical and interview).

Extend 60 days after my stay duration or expiration date?

  • For visa, will extend another 60 days after your stay duration. E.g., I have a China M visa, “Enter Before” is Mar 20, 2020, “Duration of Each Stay” is 30 days. My latest entry date is Feb 4, 2020. I should exit before Mar 3, 2020 normally. But now the stay duration will extend another 60 days to May 2, 2020 based on the new policy.

  • For residence permit, will extend 60 days after the expiration date. E.g., I have a residence permit, expiration date is Mar 30, 2020. Your residence permit will be extended to May 29, 2020 based on the new policy. You must notice your work permit won’t be extended automatically if you hold an employment residence permit.

Will my work permit card be extended another two months automatically?

No, work permit is another thing. You must apply extension in online system before expiration.

Need I apply new work permit and residence permit if I changed job in China?

For work permit, you must submit application in system before your current residence expired, otherwise need to apply new one (different procedure and documents).


For residence permit, can be extended another 60 days if you are in mainland China.

How to do if my residence permit expired during epidemic period?

You can apply a visa(M/F/Z) in Chinese consulate or apply a S2 visa in China port to enter and extend your residence permit.

 I'm not in China, how can I apply for an extension?

The work permit is over 30 days of the expiration date:

Step 1 | You will need:

1. Scanned copy of work permit (front)

2. Scanned copy of valid visa page

3. Scanned copy of the new contract

4. Tax records for the past 12 months*

5. Screenshot of company's tax filing (with company seal)

* Application for Class B (with 2-year work experience and Bachelor’s degree) or Class C doesn’t’ require tax records for the past 12 months.

Step 2 | Sign documents

Step 3 | Upload and submit

You will need to send the documents that need to be stamped to your employer and upload and submit scanned copies of the docs online afterward. Once approved, your work permit will be successfully extended. This step will take about 2 weeks.

The work permit is within 30 days of the expiration date:

The exit-entry bureau will NOT accept any extension applications if the work permit expired less than 30 days. You need to re-apply overseas according to foreign application rules. Enter China with a Z visa after receiving the entry notification and then apply for the extension.

My visa has expired and I'm not in China, what should I do?

If you have an expired visa,

and it doesn't exceed 3 months

from expiration, apply for an L visa or M visa to enter China and then apply for a work visa. A physical examination is required if your visa has expired more than 3 months after re-entering China.

Are foreigners allowed to exit as usual during the period of epidemic prevention and control?

Due to entry restrictions adopted by some countries and regions, it is advised that foreigners who need to exit from China, should learn in advance entry requirements of destination countries or regions to avoid financial and time losses in case of any entry refusals. Those who travel to countries or regions without entry restrictions are advised to arrive at exit ports well ahead of departure time for necessary checks.

How to deal with the situation that a foreigner's visa, stay or residence permit expires during the epidemic prevention and control?

According to the Exit and Entry Administration Law of the PRC, foreigners should exit China or apply for an extension at the EEA authorities before the visa, stay or residence permit expires. In light of the relevant laws and regulations and current situation, those who are unable to exit as scheduled or extend the visas, stay or residence permits due to the reason of epidemic prevention and control shall be given a lighter or mitigated or be exempted from punishment by the EEA authorities depending upon circumstances.


There are two dates are important on visa:

  • "Enter Before" Valid until this date, you can stay another 30/60/90 days after entering before this date. This date is not actual expiration date. It must be related with the following duration of each stay.
  • "Duration of Each Stay" How many days can you stay in China after entering before the above date showed on"Enter Before".

For residence permit ( employment /study / private affairs/ family reunion) issued by China Exit-Entry Administration, there is only expiration date and no stay duration. Valid for Residence until”: it's the expiration date.

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