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Who Can Obtain a PU Letter to Enter China Now?
08. Jan 2021 at 19:04
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People unable to enter China as the Chinese consulate in the country they are currently in doesn’t allow them to apply for the visa - need to obtain a PU Invitation Letter to be able to return.

• PU letter is an invitation letter issued by China Foreign Affairs Office. With the PU letter foreigners can apply for a new visa and enter China. This is a new policy since the global epidemic.

• Only certain specific reasons meet the requirements for applying for a PU Letter, however there are exceptions to these categories. Read on for more information.

• Only companies can apply for the PU Letter for their foreign employees, individuals or any agents cannot apply for PU letter! Agents can only assist the company with the application, but they can't provide PU letters.

Who can get a PU letter?

The policies have tightened as the global epidemic worsens.

Now only the following personnel are possible to get a PU letter:

Important employees of large-scale companies.

The core management staff of small or medium-sized enterprises such as the legal representative or CEO, etc. The success rate of this category seems limited.

Senior technical experts and other high-end talents who can bring benefits to China.

If you don't meet one of these categories, don’t lose hope! There are exceptions to these categories. You should definitely apply if you have special and compelling reasons that might persuade the Foreign Affairs Office.


How to apply for a PU letter?

Only companies can apply for the PU Letter for their foreign employees, individuals or any agents cannot apply for PU letter!

Companies need to contact the district foreign affairs officer, submit the application materials, and wait for approval.

After the PU letter is issued, the company should send it to the foreign applicant.

The foreign applicant then takes it to the Chinese Consulate/Embassy in his/her country to apply for a new visa.

WARNING

As mentioned above, only companies can apply for the PU Letter on behalf of their foreign employees. Agents can only assist the company with the application, but they can't provide PU letters.

If any individuals or agents promise to get you a PU letter without cooperation from your company, they are definitely lying (watch out for scams) or getting it illegally.

Q&A

1) What is a PU Invitation Letter (邀请函) ?

The PU letter is an invitation letter issued during the epidemic that an inviting entity needs to receive from the relevant Foreign Affairs Office (FAO) in order to allow the invitee to apply for a visa in their respective country outside of China. The PU Invitation is a general invitation in comparison to the TE invitation, which is a special invitation for trade fairs or higher-level business trips.

Important points:

The visa location on the PU is a fixed location. The invitee must thus determine the visa application location in advance.

The longest stay a PU letter will grant is between 88 - 180 days.

In Beijing some PUs are issued with longest stay 000, this means that the invitee needs to apply for a residence permit within 30 days from the date of entry.

A maximum of 5 dependents can be added to one PU.

The PU must bear the issuing stamp to be valid.

2) How to apply for the PU Letter?

Relevant companies need to apply for it to their local Foreign Affairs website.

3) What is the general process to apply for the PU Letter?

4) How long does the process take?

After documents have been submitted correctly, the review may take anything from 2-6 weeks. Experiences have been very different.

5) How long does is a PU letter valid?

PU letters are currently valid for 3 months - please apply for your visa, when your work permit notification letter, and the PU Letter are still valid.

6) Which applicants still need to apply for PU invitation letter to enter China?

1. Foreigners who have previously held three types of residence permits (work, personal affairs, reunion), BUT expired before 0 am. on March 28, 2020.

2. Foreigners who have NOT previously held the above three types of residence permits.

7) What do personal affairs mean?

If the purpose of residence  permit page states 私人事务 (= private affair), then it's a residence permit for personal matters.

Normally, if you are in China to stay with your family or start your own business, then the residence permit is of personal matters type.

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Re: Who Can Obtain a PU Letter to Enter China Now?
Reply #1 - 08. Jan 2021 at 19:14
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Thanks for the info. Takes painfully long for all those outside trying to get back in. Let's hope they will issue visas as before and go back to normal. Since there is a new outbreak, it could take until after chinese new year maybe even summer...
  
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