International faculty enter China on different visas depending on their length of stay. NYU Shanghai’s Office of Human Resources in New York can answer questions throughout the process.
If NYU Shanghai is sponsoring your travel, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance throughout the process. If another NYU entity is sponsoring your travel, please follow the steps below.
It is recommended that you initiate this process at least one month in advance, though of course doing so earlier will help you compensate for unexpected delays.
Please note there are two types of business visas you can apply for, however the embassy will ultimately determine the type of visa that you will receive.
To apply for a business visa, you will need to gather the following materials:
This list is not exhaustive of all documentation that may be required. The consulate or embassy will inform you if additional documents are required.
If you are in New York, you can drop off your application materials at the Chinese consulate, located at the northern corner of 42nd Street at the West Side Highway in Manhattan (520 12th Avenue). The office hours of the passport and visa office are 9AM - 2:30PM Monday to Friday. The wait to drop off your application is usually about 30 - 45 minutes.
After dropping off a visa application the agent will give you a receipt that states when to pick up the completed visa. It will take two or three business days for the embassy to process your application.
When you return to the consulate to pick up your completed visa, the wait is usually about 10 - 20 minutes.
As an international appointed faculty member, the NYU Shanghai HR Immigration and Relocation Services Team will assist you in the process of obtaining a valid Chinese entry visa, work permit and residence permit.
Below is an overview of the process, the required documents you will need to submit, and estimated timeframes for each step. The timeframes are a rough estimate based on normal practice and exclude unexpected delays. Please see the Immigration Procedures for International Faculty and Staff for more details.
Estimated processing time: 20-40 business days
To start the immigration process, you will need to share the following documents:
Not all documents are required in every case and, at times, additional documents are required. Please check with your designated HR Immigration and Relocation Services Associate for the specific documents you will need to provide.
* Legalization is a process through which a document’s authority is verified. The process may include notarization and authentication of the document.
Estimated processing time: 30-40 days
Estimated processing time: 4-5 business days
Once you receive your Notification Letter of Foreigner’s Work Permit from the HR Immigration and Relocation Services Team, you will apply for your Chinese visa in your home country or country of current residence. Below is the list of documents required when applying for your visa:
Estimated processing time: 5-10 minutes
Estimated processing time: Examination takes 1-2 hours and medical report will be issued in 5 business days.
Estimated processing time: 10-15 business days
For the Foreigner’s Work Permit Card application, you will need to provide the following documents:
Estimated processing time: 7 business days
For the Residence Permit application, you will need to provide the following documents:
PLEASE NOTE: During this final stage, your passport will be held at the Shanghai Exit-Entry Administration Bureau for 7 business days, during which international travel is NOT allowed. Domestic travel during this period is allowed.