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Procedures for Foreign Reporters to Apply for Short-term News Coverage in or Resident Accreditation to China
2007/07

I. For short-term news coverage in China by foreign reporters and related personnel

The following documents should be submitted to the consular office of the Chinese embassy, consulate or visa issuing institution(s) authorized by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in ---- (country or region).

1. A letter of application for covering news in China signed by the head of the foreign media organization with detailed programs in China including the name list of the visiting reporter(s), date of arrival and departure, venue(s) and subject of news coverage.

2. An invitation letter by the interviewee.

3. The applicant's passport, copies of professional journalist credentials and contact information.

4. Completed visa application form.

5. Completed Equipment Declaration Form if the reporter(s) intend(s) to bring into China reporting equipment of his (their) own.

II. For foreign reporters applying for resident accreditation to China and related personnel

1. A foreign media organization should establish a resident office in China before sending resident reporters. The foreign media organization should first submit a written application to the Information Department of the Chinese Foreign Ministry directly or through the Chinese embassy or consulate in (country). The application should be signed by the legal representative of the organization and should include:

(1) A profile of the media organization concerned.

(2) Name of the resident office and the city in which it is to be established, its business scope, number of staff as well as personal information of the office chief and other staff such as name, gender, age, nationality, capacity and working experience.

(3) A copy of the media organization's registration certificate issued by its home country.

2. If a foreign media organization which already has a resident office in China wishes to send a resident reporter to China, it should first submit a written application to the Information Department directly or through the Chinese embassy or consulate in (country). The application should be signed by its head (chairman, president, vice president, editor-in-chief, deputy editor-in-chief, president or vice president of radio/TV station, etc.) and should include:

(1) A profile of the media organization concerned.

(2) The name, gender, age, nationality, capacity, resumé, and the city where the reporter is to be based.

(3) Professional credentials.

3. If two or more foreign media organizations wish to send the same individual as their resident reporter in China, they should go through the above-mentioned procedures separately and indicate in their respective applications the post which the reporter concurrently will hold.

4. Approved resident foreign reporters and their accompanying dependents should apply for J-1 visas at the Chinese embassy, consulate or visa issuing institution(s) authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in (country). Foreign staff working not as reporters and their accompanying dependents should apply for Z visas. Kinship certificates or documents should be provided.

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