Obtaining a Residence Permit in China - Updated Guide 2021

Obtaining a Residence Permit in China

Updated on Thursday 17th June 2021

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Obtaining-a-Residence-Permit-in-China.jpgForeign individuals who want to live in China need to obtain a residence permit. The application is submitted together with several documents. Those who come to the country to work must first obtain a work permit and then apply for residency.
Our lawyers in China can help you deal with the requirements for obtaining a residence permit in the country in 2021, especially if you find it difficult to relate to the Chinese authorities because of the language barrier.

Requirements for obtaining a residence permit in China

Individuals who want to apply for a residence permit in China respect a few importnat requirements that can be entirely explained by our Chinese lawyers. Here are the general rules and conditions:
  • The applicant must have a valid passport and a health certificate issued by an approved hospital.
  • The individual should also obtain a document from the Chinese embassy or consulate in his/her country of residence which proves that the individual has no criminal record.
  • Two passport photos are also needed.
  • Foreigners who work in permanent representative offices in China must also provide the Employer’s Card and the Employment Certificate.
The application must be submitted as soon as possible, after the foreigner has arrived in China, but no later than 30 days afterwards. The usual validity period of the resident permit cannot exceed the validity of the passport. Those who want to live in China for less than one year can apply for a temporary residence permit.
The required documents can vary according to the Chinese city in which the applicant wishes to live. Our law firm in China can give you specific details about the formalities for a residence permit in 2021 in China.

Applications for residence permits in China in 2021

Resident permits in China in 2021 can be extended, depending on the purpose of the visit: study, work, private affairs or family reunion. The validity of the renewed permit cannot exceed that of the first resident permit. The applications should be submitted within three months or at least seven working days before the expiration date of the current permit.
All the documents submitted in an application for a residence permit in China must be true. Our Chinese attorneys can also help you arrange the purchase of a property in China.

Types of residence permits in China

According to the legislation in force in China, the following types of residence permits are required for foreigners who want to settle in this country:
  1. Temporary residence permits are required for those who want to stay for more than 6 months in China, but not more than a year. Various visits are allowed with this type of residence permit.
  2. Permanent residence permits are renewed once every 10 years and are connected to the D visas. This are also called "Green Cards".
  3. Foreigner residence permits can be renewed every year and are required for most categories of foreign workers in China, except investors, company directors, etc.
Every residence permit in China requires special attention in terms of application conditions. All legal aspects can be detailed by our Chinese lawyers who can help you with the preparation of the necessary documents for the application.

Who can apply for long-term 5-year residence in China?

Foreigners who have worked uninterruptedly for at least two years in Shanghai, China, without violating the immigration laws are optimal candidates for long-term 5-year residence permits. The Chinese authorities are entitled to carry out the necessary checks to ensure that the applicants did not have any problems with the law while working in China.
This residency program in China greatly simplifies the process of annually renewing the residence permit of foreign nationals. Find out from our team of lawyers in China what are the necessary steps to obtain a residence permit valid for 5 years.

Foreign students and the benefits of a residence permit in China

Another amendment to the legislation on immigration and resettlement of foreigners in China involves foreign students, especially those who complete their studies at prestigious universities in Shanghai. They can apply for a residence permit valid for two years. This program dedicated to this category of students will simplify their path to entrepreneurship in China.  You can also benefit from the legal services offered by our specialists in immigration in China.

Permanent residence permits for top entrepreneurs in China

A permanent residence permit in China can be obtained by overseas entrepreneurs or foreigners who want to invest in this country. Thus, those who invest at least CNY 600,000 each year and are up to date with their taxes can get this type of residence permit in China. Even those who have worked in Shanghai for at least 4 years, without interruption and without having problems with the law can apply for this type of residence permit in China.
You can discuss all legal issues regarding permanent residence permits in China with our experienced immigration specialists. And those who want to relocate their companies to China can turn their attention to our legal services.

Why invest in China

China is one of the most important business destinations in the world and the most open market to foreign investors. Generous industries already host hundreds and perhaps thousands of companies established with local and foreign capital. Affordable labor costs and much simplified company registration procedures are among the most important benefits for foreigners who want to grow their business in this part of China.
Infrastructure and logistics, plus the advantageous tax system for foreigners who establish their operations, especially economic zones in China, are other important advantages, considered by those who want to make investments in this country. Here are some statistics that largely underline China's economic direction:
  • More than USD 1,769 billion represented the total FDI stock of China in 2019.
  • The total value of the greenfield investments in China registered nearly USD 62 billion.
  • The 2020 Doing Business report issued by the World Bank ranked China 31st out of 190 countries, in terms of simplified business.

Working with our Chinese lawyers

The professionalism, the attention to detail, and the transparency with which we treat each case are seen in the final results that our clients benefit from. Everything related to the immigration process, from a legal point of view, comes to the attention of our specialists with experience in this field, so do not hesitate to talk to us.
Feel free to contact our law firm in China to find out more about the requirements for foreigners who wish to live in the country or open a business in 2021.