Notes to Foreigners Applying for Private Residence Permit and Extension

Date:2019-10-16      Source:Exit-entry Administration Bureau

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I. Applicants

Spouses, parents, and children under the age of 18 of foreigners that reside in China for work or study and parents of their spouses.

Expatriate Chinese above the age of 60 that need to stay in Beijing because they have purchased real estate property in Beijing.

Foreigners that need to stay in Beijing for personal services such as medical assistance and services in Beijing.

II. Application Materials and Requirements

(i) Valid passport or any other international travel document.

(ii) Foreigner Visa Application Form completed in black ink, with a recent 2-inch full-face bareheaded colored photo with white background attached.

(iii) Valid residence registration of the applicant at a local police station or hotel in Beijing.

(iv) Foreigners applying for family visits must submit the following:

1. A residence permit submitted by the visited.

2. Family membership letter or certificate.

(1) Any applicant that enters with S1 or S2 visa shall submit a letter stating kinship or kinship certificate produced by the visited. The letter shall fully describe the applicant's visit to China in details.

(2) Any applicant that enters with other types of visas shall submit a letter and kinship certificate produced by the visited. The letter shall fully describe the applicant's visit to China in details. (Family membership certificate or kinship certificate issued by the foreign competent authority or the notary department shall be certified by the Chinese embassy or consulate in that country)

(v) Expatriate Chinese that have purchased real estate property shall submit:

1. A certificate for real estate in the name of the applicant or notarized house sale contract.

2. Evidence of financial resources.

(vi) Foreigners receiving medical assistance and services shall submit:

A more than 6-month hospitalization certificate or medical service certificate issued by a medical institution at or above the district level or Grade 2A.

Any applicant above the age of 18 that applies for a residence permit valid for more than one year shall submit a health certificate issued by the domestic entry-exit health and quarantine department. Such certificate is valid for 6 months from the date of issuance.

(viii) Other application materials to be submitted as required by the exit-entry administration bureau as the case may be.

III. Time Limit for Application

1. Foreigners applying for family visits may apply for a residence permit valid for at least 180 days and up to the same length as the visited's stay in China.

2. Those that have purchased real estate property may apply for a residence permit valid for at least 180 days and up to 3 years.

3. Those that seek medical advice may apply for a residence permit valid for at least 180 days and up to 1 year.

IV. Notes

1. Applicants must accept an interview. Any foreigner aged under 16 or over 60 and having difficulty in getting about due to illness that applies for extension of the residence permit may entrust the inviting entity or individual, his/her relative and the relevant professional service agency to do that on his/her behalf (with a copy of the agent's ID card submitted), provided that such applicant shall accept it when the exit-entry administration bureau notifies him or her of an interview.

2. Originals of application materials must be submitted for check with copies thereof retained.

3. Related evidentiary materials in foreign languages (except English) must be translated into Chinese.

4. Those that have not canceled China's household registration shall cancel it before applying for a residence permit, and submit the certificate of cancellation issued by the police station when necessary.

5. Those under the age of 18 that apply for a residence permit for the first time in China shall also submit their birth certificates, parents' passports and overseas settlement certificates.

V. Regulatory Tips

1. A foreigner that holds a visa indicating that a residence permit is required after entry shall apply for a foreigner residence permit within 30 days from the date of entry.

2. A foreigner residing in China that applies for an extension of residence shall apply for it 30 days prior to expiration of the residence permit.

3. An applicant may legally stay in China against a return receipt if his or her passport or any other international travel document held is taken away and saved for the certificate application.

4. A foreigner that has any change in residence permit registration (including the holder's name, gender, date of birth, reason and period for residence, date and place of issuance, and passport number or any other international travel document number) shall apply to the exit-entry administration bureau of public security of the local people's government at or above the county level for handling the change within 10 days upon such change.

5. The exit-entry administration bureau of public security may check the authenticity of an application by means of interview, phone inquiry or field investigation, in which the applicant, and the entity or individual providing the letter of invitation or evidentiary materials shall cooperate.

6. Decisions made by the exit-entry administration bureau of public security on not accepting the extension, renewal or reissuance of ordinary visas, not handling residence permits for foreigners and not extending the residence period shall be final and conclusive.

The notes shall be subject to interpretation by the exit-entry administration bureau.