This month Rolf made application for a new visa to return to China and was promptly turned down! It is now necessary to have what is called a “PU Invitation Letter” to apply for a visa. Rolf has been deemed as a “non-essential” person so therefore refused one. Foreigners are still not welcome to return to China. At the moment the Beijing Government has issued extreme measures to ensure safety there whether you are “covid free or not.”
This “PU Invitation Letter” is issued by the China Foreign Affairs Office in Beijing. With the PU letter foreigners can apply for a new visa in their homeland and if accepted can enter China. This is a new policy since the global epidemic. All previously issued visas were cancelled effective March 28, 2020. Foreigners, like Rolf, who have previously held work/ personal affair/or reunion type of visas must now apply for a new one.
Only certain specific reasons meet the requirements for applying for a PU Letter and only companies can apply for their foreign employees. Agents or individuals cannot! Previously an invitation letter was always required and Rolf has a former student now business owner in Beijing who would write one for him. But now this type of “invitation letter” is no longer acceptable.
The policies have tightened as the global epidemic worsened. Now only the following personnel are possible to get a PU letter:
- Important employees of large-scale companies.
- The core management staff of small or medium-sized enterprises such as the legal representative or CEO, etc. and the success rate of this category is very limited.
- Senior technical experts and other high-end talents who can bring benefits to China.
Under these circumstances Rolf should be thankful he is spared the undignified “derriere” humiliation required for coronavirus testing as people arrive in Beijing! If you don’t what that is about, Google it!!
As we wait and look forward to what lies ahead, we would appreciate your prayers so that by God’s grace and power we will be able to faithfully serve Him to the end without being sidetracked and robbed of the joy in serving the people in China.
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12-14).
Thank you for your prayers and serving with us!