No, China did not announce those scary new visa rules


That’s Shenzhen has clarified an April’s Fool’s prank, stating that immigration rules have been put in place that “will affect the majority of expats.” The fake article stipulates that foreigners working in China will need to attend “mandatory culture classes” and language classes, while marriage visas are said to “require a social media review.” Education visas, meanwhile, are said to require that tests “be given out on a weekly basis and will require a weekly in-person trip to the immigration office.”

That’s Shenzhen says a check on China Daily and Xinhua did not yield any news of recent visa changes for foreigners. In fact, most of the recent news regarding Chinese visas has been focused on how the country is making it easier for foreign professionals to obtain work and residence permits.