China – Old Passports Required for Some Visa Applicants

What has changed

Chinese Embassies and Consulates are now requiring foreign nationals whose current passports were issued on or after January 1, 2014 to provide their previous passport as part of the application process for all visa categories.

Who is affected?

  • Visa applicants currently holding a passport that was issued on or after January 1, 2014

What to expect

In the event that applicants no longer have their previous passports or never held a previous passport, they must provide documentation from their home country’s passport issuing authority or Embassy stating that the old passport is not available or that the current passport was the first passport issued to them.

As this new requirement has not yet been officially published, some details of its implementation are still unclear. Emigra Worldwide will continue to monitor policy changes and provide updates accordingly.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • We advise that all visa applicants going forward be prepared to provide their previous passport if their current passport was issued on or after January 1, 2014.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.