Procedures for Foreigners to Apply for the Residence Permit
The residence permit for foreigners can be categorized into Permanent Residence Permit for Foreigners and Temporary Residence Permit for Foreigners.
Permanent Residence Permit for Foreigners can be given to foreigners who have stayed in China for more than a year.
Temporary Residence Permit for Foreigners can be given to foreigners who have stayed in China for less than one year.
Foreigners with D visa, Z visa, X visa, J-1vis, and those visa-free visitors, who need to stay in China for more than 30 days, should apply for the Permanent Residence Permit for Foreigners and Temporary Residence Permit for Foreigners in the corresponding local Public Security Bureau within 30 days after the entry.
The validity period of those residence permits is the residence period for the permit holders. Foreigners with F visa, L visa, G visa, and C visa can stay in China for the time period specified in their visas without applying for any residence permits.
The Entry-Exit Administrative Department of the local Public Security Bureau
Foreigners who are to apply for residence permits are required to answer the related questions and fulfill the following procedures:
A.Submit passport or residence certificate for examination;
B.Submit certificates related to the affairs for residence.
Notice: Foreigners without the right of settlement should be approved to get the Employment Permit for Foreigners.
Foreigners that meet the following requirements do not need to apply for the Employment Permit for Foreigners:
1.Foreigners with the Foreign Expert Certificate;
2.Foreigners with “Offshore Petroleum Operation Area Working Certificate for Foreigners working in PRC”, who works for offshore petroleum operation with special skills but do not need to go on shore.
3.Foreigners who conduct commercial performance with “Temporary Commercial Performance Permit” issued by the Ministry of Culture.
C. Filling out the Residence Application Form; D. Applicants of Residence Certificate for Foreigners should also submit Health Certificate and a recent frontal bare-head two-inch-photo.