New visa rules to help Chinese ‘return home’
Ethnic Chinese living overseas will be able to apply for a Chinese visa starting next month that will be valid for multiple entries over five years, the Ministry of Public Security said on Jan 22. Under current rules, those in this group can apply for a visa with a maximum period of one year. The ministry also will extend the validity period of residency permits for the group from three years to five, the ministry said. The move aims to streamline the process for overseas Chinese to “return home” and to make it easy for them to visit families, conduct business and cultural exchanges and run personal errands in China, the ministry said.