MAMA, along with key partners and experts, has been lobbying for the proper visa and work permits for models working in China.
We are pleased with the decision of the People Republic of China to approve short term work visa “Z” for models.
“Models- Print and Runway” are now specifically and officially named within this work visa type.
A trial implementation began Jan 01, 2015 named “Short Term Employment Visa” permits models to stay and work in china. Models may work 90 days or less, the visa cannot be extended more than 90 days.
There is no limit to applicants’ age and nationality for the short term “Z” visa. 18 years old and above is recommended.
Chinese Agency Partner should Apply for 2 documents:
1.”ALIEN EMPLOYMENT LICENCE”
2.”APPROVAL OF SHORT TERM EMPLOYMENT FOR FOREIGNERS,” from the “BEIJING ADMINISTRATION of Foreign Experts Affairs”.
Process time: 10 days/ Free of Charge.
Chinese Agency Partner should apply for an “INVITATION OF DULY AUTHORIZED UNIT” from “BEI JING MUNICIPAL COMMISSION OF COMMERCE”.
Process time: 5 days / Free of Charge.
Chinese Agency Partner sends the three original documents to Model(Must be original documents),
1) ALIEN EMPLOYMENT LISCENCE
2) APPROVAL OF SHORT TERM EMPLOYMENT FOR FOREIGNERS
3) INVITATION OF DULY AUTHORIZED UNIT
Models apply for short term working visa “Z” at a Chinese embassy or consulate within 30 days of receiving the original documents.
Embassy process time: 5-7 working days, process fees range between 30-65 USD for single entry
American nationals due to a receptacle agreement pay a fee of around 120 USD
“Urgent” process fees are available and will be processed within 3 working days (check for fees with your Embassy or consulate)
Fees may change differ or very from Embassy to Embassy due to various trade and diplomatic agreements with China.
Total “Z” visa process time should be around 4-5 weeks. Plan your trips properly in advance
Be aware that this is a trial implementation and, as such, the details may change, be interpreted variously by different government offices, and may not take permanent effect.
Chinese authorities have made a serious step to acknowledge and support our business community yet made it absolutely clear that they will stand vigilant against anyone violating the visa and work permits including possible detention, jail, heavy fines deportation this may include “blacklisting”, models, local Chinese agencies and the managers who were responsible for sending the models to China (Mother Managers). There is NO reason to put models at risk.
MAMA has committed to inform, update and advise our worldwide business community of Models Agents Managers and experts regarding the new Chinese visa regulations,
We are at a trial period that is being monitored by Chinese authorities and caution our members community about the possible risk of losing this important visa and work permit status should we violate Chinese laws and visa- work permit regulation.
China is an important emerging market for the modeling business, considered by many as a possible new addition to the “big four” fashion capitals New York, Paris, London, Milan, let us work together to safeguard our business community and activities in China, its reputation and most of all the safety of or models.
- NO other visa type exists for models L, M or other (besides “Z”)
- NO business visa allows work
- NO tourist visa can be changed to work visa while in China
For more info: Check with your local Chinese Embassy or Consulate officials or write firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional contributor: Jack Shen, of Emazing Models China