The above invitation letter should be issued by the Chinese Government with unified coding at the top right corner. The invitation letter issued by a Chinese company like before would not be accepted now.
The above invitation letter can only be applied from the local authority by the employer or the reception unit, but not be applied in the name of an individual.
The foreign expats who meet at least one of the below requirements may have the opportunity to apply for the invitation letter.
Serving major national and municipal level projects in China;
Serving key projects and scientific research programs of international cooperation in cities and regions;
Foreign high-end talents assessed by relevant departments in China;
Core Managers and experts from the local important foreign-funded enterprises.
Due to the different requirements of the local authorities, please consult to the authority where the enterprise registered for detail instruction before applying the invitation letter. But the basic requirement should be that the foreign expats plays a role of decisive, urgent and irreplaceable in the local major projects or key enterprises.
From which authorities the Chinese inviting unit could apply for the invitation letter?
The inviting unit could submit the application to the local Commerce Bureau (or Commission of Commerce), Foreign Affairs Office, Investment Promotion Bureau (or the Foreign Investment Department), Development and Reform Commission, where the enterprise registered, or apply from the competent industry supervisor which the enterprise’s business belongs to. All application materials should be prepared according to the details requested by the local authority.
In addition, as far as we know, Chambers of Commerce from various countries in China are also communicating and coordinating with relevant Chinese authorities for their members now. Foreign-funded enterprises in China could also ask them for help.
After receiving the application materials, the authority would make a preliminary review and approval. Then the approved application would be submitted to the superior authority for final approval. After that, the enterprise can go to the Foreign Affairs Office of the Provincial/Municipal Government with the Application Form of Invitation Letter issued by the authority, to apply for the final invitation letter. It would take around 2~3 weeks to pass through all the above procedures.
When the Foreign Affairs Office of the Provincial/Municipal Government issuing an invitation letter, it will also send a copy to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chinese Embassy/Consular where the visa will apply from. And then the foreign expat can bring the Invitation Letter and other required documents to the Local Chinese Embassy/Consular to apply his visa. The Chinese Embassy/Consular will issue a new single-entry visa according to the inviting purpose stated on the Invitation Letter.