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Updated: Jan 23,2018 5:05 PM     english.gov.cn

Emails sent to premier@mail.gov.cn and english@mail.gov.cn are submitted to related government departments. The following are some of the government departments’ responses to questions raised by e-mail:

1. Can overseas students take up internships in China, and if so, what permits and certificates are required?

Ministry of Public Security:

To meet the practical needs of overseas students in China taking up off-campus internships, please refer to the 22nd article of the Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Administration of the Entry and Exit of Foreigners promulgated and implemented in 2013:

“Where a foreigner holding a residence permit for study intends to engage in off-campus work-study or internship, he or she shall, upon the approval of the school, apply to the exit and entry administration authority of the public security organ to have such information as the location and duration of the work-study program or internship placement specified in his or her residence permit. ”

“A foreigner holding a residence permit for study shall not engage in any off-campus work-study or internship unless the information prescribed in the preceding paragraph is specified in his or her residence permit.”

With a study certificate and a certificate of permission for off-campus internship issued by the universities or colleges, and an admission certificate and other related materials issued by the employer, international students can apply to the exit and entry administration authority of the public security organ in the district where his or her college is located to have “internship” specified in the residence permit for study.

(Updated on Jan 23, 2018)

2. Can overseas drivers bring a foreign vehicle into China, and if so, what permits and certificates are required?

Ministry of Public Security:

Based on Article 122 of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Road Traffic Safety, Article 113 of Regulation on the Implementation of the Road Traffic Safety Law of the People’s Republic of China, and Provisions on Administration of Motor Vehicles and Drivers of Temporary Entry (Order of the Ministry of Public Security (No. 90)), China practices uniform administration of road traffic safety on overseas motor vehicles entering the territory of the country, and overseas drivers must apply for a license plate and driving permit for temporary entry of a motor vehicle.

Foreign motor vehicles can temporarily enter the territory if they meet at least one of two conditions:

1. Foreign motor vehicles and motor vehicle drivers that temporarily enter the territory upon approval of the state authority to take part in organized travels, races or other activities;

2. Foreign motor vehicles and motor vehicle drivers that only run within the scope of a border area after temporarily entering the territory.

Where there is a bilateral or multilateral transit agreement with China, the agreement shall be complied with. Where there is a mutual recognition agreement between countries or governments on motor vehicle certificates and driver's licenses, the agreement shall be complied with.

Application for license plate or driving permit for temporary entry of a motor vehicle:

A foreign motor vehicle running temporarily after entering the territory must apply to the traffic administrative department of the public security organ of the municipality directly under the Central Government or district municipality where the place of entry or place of start is located for the plate and driving permit of the motor vehicle of temporary entry.

The applicant must fill out the “Application Form for the Plate and Driving Permit of the Motor Vehicle of Temporary Entry” in Chinese, deliver the motor vehicle for inspection, and submit the following certificates and vouchers:

1. Motor vehicle registration certificate ratified and issued by the overseas authority, and the Chinese translation in addition in case the registration certificate is not expressed in Chinese;

2. Voucher issued by Chinese customs or other department on permitting the motor vehicle to enter the territory;

3. The certificate issued by Chinese authorities if part of organized travel, race or other activity;

4. The motor vehicle’s certificate on safety and technical inspection, and the Chinese translation in addition in case the certificate is ratified and issued by an overseas competent authority;

5. The voucher of compulsory insurance of liability for traffic accidents of motor vehicles in China, with the term no shorter than the period of temporary stay.

The traffic administrative department of a public security organ shall, within three days of receipt of the application materials, examine the submitted certificates and vouchers, and check the motor vehicle. If the application conforms to the provisions, it shall ratify and issue the plate and driving permit for the motor vehicle of temporary entry.

The valid term of the plate or driving permit shall be consistent with the term indicated on the approval document for entry, provided that the maximum period shall not exceed three months.

Temporary permission to drive a motor vehicle

An applicant for temporary permission to drive a motor vehicle must complete the Application Form for Temporary Permission to Drive the Motor Vehicle in Chinese, and submit the following certificates and vouchers:

1. Identity certificate for entry and exit;

2. An overseas motor vehicle driver's license, provided it is written in a language other than Chinese, a Chinese translation shall be required;

3. Documents proving that the driver’s age and health conform to the driving permission requests set up by China.

4. Two one-inch (approximately 2.5x3.5cm) color photos (recent half-length, bareheaded, and full-faced with a white background);

5. The certificate issued by the Chinese authorities must be submitted for organized travels, races and other exchange activities.

The traffic administrative department of the public security organ shall carry out an inspection within three days of the date of receiving the application materials, organize those who comply with the provisions to study the laws and regulations on road traffic safety and issue the temporary driving permits.

The expiration date of the temporary driving permits will be in accordance with the permitted entry time limit registered in the identity certificate for entry and exit of the motor vehicle driver. However, the valid period shall be no more than three months.

Application of change for China’s driver's licenses

According to Application and Usage of Motor Vehicle Driving License (Order of the Ministry of Public Security (No. 139)), overseas drivers can apply for China’s driver's license through the local traffic administrative department of a public security organ.

To apply for driver's license C2 for small automatic car, they must pass the Course 1 Test on China’s traffic regulations and related knowledge.

To apply for driver's license A1 for large buses, driver's license A2 for towing vehicles, driver's license B1 for medium buses or driver's license B2 for large trucks, in addition to the Course 1 Test, they must take the Course 3 Test.

Overseas drivers can get the driver's licenses after passing the test.

For detailed information, please refer to the website of the Ministry of Public Security: http://www.mps.gov.cn/for laws and regulations regarding the rules for motor vehicles entering China.

(Updated on Jan 8, 2018)

3. What is the procedure for marrying a foreigner in China?

Ministry of Civil Affairs:

According to the Regulation on Marriage Registration, in order to register a marriage with a foreigner on the Chinese mainland, the following documents are required:

1. Residence booklet, identification card.

2. A signed statement that you currently have no spouse and you have no lineal or collateral relative within three generations by blood with the other party.

In addition, the foreigner must provide the following documents:

1. Valid passport or other valid documents for international travel.

2. A certificate to prove you have no spouse at present, issued by notary offices or other related authorities in your own country and authenticated by the Chinese embassy in your country, or a no-spouse certificate issued by your country’s embassy in China.

Thus, in this case, foreigners can get registered for marriage without offering residence permits, and Chinese citizens do not need to present no-spouse certificates, and neither side needs to provide documents of medical examinations.

In addition, according to the 79th article of the Marriage Registration Work Specification, if foreigners submit any certificates in foreign languages, they should be translated into Chinese. The marriage registration authorities can accept the translated version by Chinese embassies abroad or qualified translation organizations. Therefore, the “no-spouse” certificate translated by Chinese embassies overseas can be recognized by Chinese marriage registration offices. To see whether a translated version by other translation organizations can be accepted, you can consult a Chinese foreign-related marriage registration office in your jurisdiction.

(Updated on Jan 8, 2018)

4. What documents are needed to prove legal marriage in China?

Ministry of Civil Affairs:

According to Article 8 of the Marriage Law of the People’s Republic of China, “Both the man and the woman desiring to contract a marriage shall register in person with the marriage registration office. If the proposed marriage is found to conform to the provisions of this law, the couple shall be allowed to register and issued marriage certificates. The husband and wife relationship shall be established as soon as they acquire the marriage certificates.” Therefore, the Chinese marriage certificate is the self-evident legal document. In order to prove the legalization of Chinese wedding documents outside China, you should consult the government of your country.

(Updated on Jan 8, 2018)

5. Can overseas Chinese practice medicine in the Chinese mainland?

Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council:

There are no limitations on Chinese citizens who live abroad to work in the Chinese mainland. For laws, regulations and policies involving overseas Chinese, please refer to the policy and regulation column on the official overseas Chinese website: www.chinaqw.com

Regarding overseas Chinese citizens to practice medicine in China, there are two situations:

First, those with a legal medical license obtained in another country and a certificate issued by an overseas Chinese affairs office before practicing medicine in China, and who plan to stay in China short-term, please refer to the Interim Measures for the Administration of Foreign Doctors Practicing Medicine in China for Short Terms.

Second, of those with overseas medical degrees, if their education certificates can get authenticated by the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange and meet the provisions prescribed in the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Medical Practitioners and its related documents, they can sign up for the medical license exam to obtain their certificate and can practice medicine after registration.

(Updated on Oct 17, 2017)

6. Are overseas Chinese considered equal to Chinese citizens and enjoy similar rights? Can they work and live in the Chinese mainland?

Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council:

Overseas Chinese are Chinese citizens who reside abroad, and they enjoy all the rights and obligations of citizenship prescribed by the Constitution and laws.

Article 50 of the Constitution clearly specifies the protection of the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese nationals residing abroad. The Exit and Entry Administration Law, Law on Donations for Public Welfare, Adoption Law and Regulation on Marriage Registration have specific provisions on overseas Chinese.

The Overseas Chinese Affairs Office and related departments have jointly formulated a series of policy documents on overseas Chinese regarding their returning and settling down in China, talent introduction, education, social insurance and charitable donations.

Provinces and municipalities, including Guangdong, Fujian, Shanghai and Hubei, also formulated regulations on the protection of the rights and interests of overseas Chinese. There are no legal obstacles for overseas Chinese to live and work in the Chinese mainland.

Please refer to the website of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council: http://www.gqb.gov.cn/xxgk.shtml for laws and regulations regarding overseas Chinese.

(Updated on Oct 17, 2017)

7. How can a British citizen passing through Beijing on the way to a third country or region stay in Beijing for less than 72 hours?

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Public Security:

According to the situation you described, you have two choices: First, since you are flying to China from London, you can apply for single or double-entry G visa (transit visa) at the Chinese Embassy in the UK, in advance with your valid passport or other international travel document, as well as a through ticket (air, road, rail or sea) with confirmed date and seat to a third country or region. For detailed information, please log onto the Embassy’s website: http://www.chinese-embassy.org.uk/eng/.

Second, you can also apply to China’s immigration inspection authority upon arrival for a temporary entry permit with your valid passport or other international travel document as well as a flight ticket with confirmed date and seat within 72 hours to a third country or region from Beijing Capital Airport. With your temporary entry permit, you could stay in Beijing for up to 72 hours.

(Updated on Aug 17, 2017)

8. What are the subsidy requirements for new energy vehicles in China?

Ministry of Finance:

According to the Circular on the Financial Support Policy on Promotion and Application of New Energy Vehicles from 2016 to 2020, conventional fuel consumption refers to fuel consumed by gasoline, diesel and other vehicles.

The fuel consumption of plug-in hybrid passenger vehicles should be less than 60 percent of the consumption target of the corresponding conventional fuel-driven vehicles, and the fuel consumption of plug-in hybrid commercial vehicles (including freight cars and passenger cars) less than 60 percent of the consumption limit of the corresponding conventional vehicles. The correspondence here refers to the equal curb mass or maximum design total mass of plug-in hybrid passenger vehicles and conventional vehicles.

The national standards for fuel consumption of conventional passenger cars apply to the document, Passenger Car Fuel Consumption Evaluation Methods and Indicators (GB 27999-2014).

Conventional light-duty and heavy-duty commercial vehicles should refer to the documents, Limits of Fuel Consumption for Light Duty Commercial Vehicles (GB 20997-2007) and Limits of Fuel Consumption for Heavy-duty Commercial Vehicles ( GB 30510-2014), separately.

Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, and National Development and Reform Commission also jointly released the Notice on the Adjustment of New Energy Vehicles to Promote the Use of Financial Subsidies Policy, which renews the requirements on fuel consumption of plug-in hybrid vehicles.

(Updated on July 5, 2017)

9. How can foreign postgraduate students from Chinese universities apply to work in China without the previous two-year work experience requirement?

Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security:

The regulation on facilitating employment for foreign students with a postgraduate degree or higher with one year (or less) work experience has been published on the ministry’s website.

According to the regulation, please ask the employer, who has the intent to employ you, to log onto the Service System for Foreigners Working in China (fwp.safea.gov.cn) and upload your materials as follows:

Application form for foreigner’s work permit 外国人来华工作许可申请表

Employment agreement 聘用合同

Certificate of resume 拟聘用者履历证明

Certificate of degree, certificate of graduation学历学位证明

Certificate of no criminal record 无犯罪记录证明

Certificate of physical examination 体检证明

Passport (or other international travel documents) 护照或国际旅行证件

Bareheaded photos taken within the past 6 months 六个月内免冠照片

After being approved, your employer can submit the paper materials at the designated place. In Beijing, it would be the Foreign Experts and Foreigners Employment Service Center, Beijing Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau.

The Chinese name of the office is北京市人力资源社会保障局外国专家与外国人就业事务中心. The address is No. 5, Yongdingmen West Street, Xicheng District, Beijing.

(Updated on June 20, 2017)

10. Is medication containing amphetamine and dextroamphetamine legal in China, and can it be brought to China?

General Administration of Customs:

According to Chinese regulations, drugs containing amphetamine are banned from entering the People’s Republic of China.

(Updated on June 20, 2017)

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