Visa Update: Schengen and Investment Visa

Schengen Visa 

Starting from the 12th of October Chinese applicants for the Schengen Visa have to face new application regulations. This especially concerns Chinese employees in German companies who want to move to Germany for some time. The Visa Information System (VIS) is now enforced and obliges applicants getting their fingerprints captured. Therefore the AHK has to make some changes in the visa application process for its members. However, for making the process as smoothly as possible, there will be a special fast track service for employees of AHK 2015 member companies.

The application for applicants can be fulfilled either through the German Embassy in Beijing (for Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces: German Consulate General Shenyang) or TLScontact. The AHK is going to send the original membership certificate of each 2015 member to the German Embassy (for members in Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces: German Consulate General Shenyang). However in order to handle the fast track service, the AHK will also send a copy of each membership certificate to the corresponding member.

If you need more information subject to your visa application please visit the website of the German Chamber of Commerce.

Investment Visa

We are often inquired how Chinese families can immigrate to Germany. The German education-, social security-, health- and payment system as well as the extraordinary air quality are the ingrediants Chinese dreams are made of. One possibility for achieving this goal is the Investment Visa. This visa is provided to foreign investors bringing in a significant amount of money into Germany. ECOVIS Beijing helps finding possible investment objects and supports you with your investment visa.

If you have any inquiries concerning this Investment Visa or would like to have assistance with its application procedure, you can write to Our team at ECOVIS Beijing would be very pleased helping you. 

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Richard Hoffmann is a partner at ECOVIS Beijing China. Richard obtained an honors degree in law and worked in Germany, the United States, and China for various prestigious law firms prior to joining ECOVIS. In addition to being a member of the board of ECOVIS International, he is Supervisor for the China business of a respected German company and shares his extensive knowledge to students by teaching commercial law in China at SRH Hochschule Heidelberg. He has published more than fifty articles in international magazines, frequently speaks at high profile events in China and abroad and is often invited as a legal expert by international TV stations. Contact:


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