Obtaining a Residence Permit in China

Obtaining a Residence Permit in China

Updated on Tuesday 19th April 2016

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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, 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 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.

Applications for residence permits in China

Resident permits in China 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. You can 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.