Chinese work visa (Z visa) and dependent visa (S1 visa) applications, the PU letter is no longer required.
Unless the applicant has been immunized with Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccinations, the PU Letter is still necessary for M visa applications.
The PU letter has been required for foreigners applying for work visas, business trip visas, or dependent visas in China since March 2020. Many applicants found obtaining a PU letter to be a difficult task because it took a long time to receive one, often up to 3 months. For a specific period of time, the PU letter is not sent to dependents individually, which has resulted in long separation of the family and lengthy immigration process.
According to a notice released by Shanghai government authorities, from June 6, 2022, the PU Letter will no longer be provided to applicants who need to relocate to China for employment purposes (Z visa applicants) and their accompanying family members (S1 visa applicant).
The Chinese embassies in several countries have indicated that applicants can submit the same set of application documents as in the pre-COVID-19 period for Chinese work visa (Z visa) and dependant visa (S1 visa) applications without the need for a PU letter.