Shanghai to open more expat help centres

Published:  30 Dec at 2 PM
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Tagged: Visas, China
China is to open nine new “one-stop” expat service centres in Shanghai on Thursday, announced police.

The new facilities will be located in the districts of Minhang, Singjiang, Zhabei, Yangpu, Jing’an and Changning as well as in the Pudong New Area.

The service centres are being introduced so visitors have greater access to facilities offering legal advice, visa pre-processing and temporary residence permits. The majority of them are within industrial parks where large numbers of foreigners work or in residential areas popular among expats.

Police also revealed that residents in Shanghai will now have access to a number of new services provided by WeChat accounts, which have been implemented by the local government and the exit-entry administration.

People will be able to book appointments to apply for entry permits and passports; get updates on what stage ongoing applications are at; and even check details on things such as traffic violations, according to officials.

In other news, Shanghai’s internet police will provide free checks for website operators as a way of helping them stay clear of viruses. And new “missing persons” offices will also be set up for people who are lost on the city’s extensive subway network.
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