Foreign NGO Management Law Goes into Effect January 1, 2017 (December 13, 2016)

Foreign NGO Management Law Goes into Effect January 1, 2017 On January 1, 2017, China’s Ministry of Public Security will begin implementing and enforcing the new Foreign NGO Management Law, imposing a new regulatory framework on all foreign NGOs regardless of their sphere of activity. The MPS has published NGO registration guidelines on its website, although some requirements and procedures rem... Read More »

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Travel Advisory (December 5, 2016)

In the lead up to the holiday season, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the Consulates General throughout China remind U.S. citizens in China to remain vigilant to the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests around the world. The Department of State recently issued an updated Travel Alert for Europe advising U.S. citizens to exercise caution during f... Read More »

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As of November 1, 2016, all U.S. citizens who apply for new U.S. passports or to renew existing U.S. passports, must remove their eyeglasses in their application photos. We can no longer accept photographs of U.S. passport applicants wearing eyeglasses, except in rare, medically-documented circumstances such as recent surgery that is documented with a signed statement from a medical professional.... Read More »

Passport Execution Fee Change

PASSPORT EXECUTION FEE CHANGE – REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS The Department of State (hereinafter referred to as the Department) will soon publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to raise the passport execution fee from $25 to $35.  The Department will receive comments on the proposed fee change for 60 days after the NPRM is published. After the public comment period, the Depar... Read More »
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