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Regulations on Permanent Residence of Aliens in China

Brief Introducation

The permanent residence of foreigners in China refers to that the period of foreigners' stay here is not limited. Certificate of Permanent Residence of Aliens is the legitimate identity card of aliens having obtained permanent residence and may be used independently. They can enter and exit China by holding their valid passports and the Certificate of Permanent Residence of Aliens without a visa.

The validity of Certificate of Permanent Residence of Aliens is five or ten years. Aliens aged under 18 years old being granted permanent residence should be issued Certificates of Permanent Residence of Aliens of five years. Aliens aged over 18 years granted permanent residence should be issued Certificates of Permanent Residence of Aliens of 10 years.
 

Requirements for Different Types of Permanent Residence Permit

Different Types Qualifications

for Spouse Reunion

spouses of Chinese citizens or of aliens having obtained permanent residence in China, whose marriage has lasted for five years, and who have lived in mainland for five years in a row, the annual stay here being no shorter than nine months, and who have stable and secured living status and place to live

for Seeking Reunion with Parents

unmarried children aged under 18 years old who come to live with their parents

for Investment

having direct investment, stable investment in China for three years in a row, and having a sound taxation record


for Employment

having assumed the posts of deputy general manager or deputy director of plants or higher level posts or posts of associate professors or associate research fellows and similar posts for more than four years in a row, and the period of stay in accumulation being no shorter than three years and having sound taxation record

for Outstanding Aliens

having major and outstanding contributions to China or needed urgently by China

for Dependants persons having no direct relatives abroad entering China to live with direct relatives, who are over 60 years old, have lived in China for five years in a row, whose annual stay being no shorter than nine months and have stable and secured living status and places to live.

How to Submit Application

Authority for handling application of aliens for permanent residence in China is the public security administration of municipal people's government having districts under its administration, and the branch public security bureau or county level public security bureau of municipalities directly under the Central Government. The authority for examining and verifying the applications filed by aliens for permanent residence is the public security administrations of various provinces, autonomous regions or municipalities directly under the Central Government. The authority for the examination and approval of the applications filed by aliens for permanent residence is the Ministry of Public Security. 

The applicant or the parent of the applicant who is unmarried and aged under 18 years old can apply for permanent residence in person, or entrust a third party to submit the application. In case of application filed by an entrusted third party, the power of attorney issued by the applicant should be provided. The power of attorney issued by applicants abroad should be attested by Chinese embassies or consulate offices in the countries or regions. 

Processing Time and Fees

The public security authority should make a decision on whether or not to approve the applications for permanent residence filed by aliens within six months starting from the day of receipt of the applications. 

Fees: 1,500 RMB Application Fee for each person; 
          300 RMB for each Foreigner's Permanent Residence Permit;  

Additional Information

1. Aliens granted permanent residence in China will be granted Certificate of Permanent Residence of Aliens by the Ministry of Public Security. Whereas the applicant is abroad, the Ministry of Public Security will issue Form of Conformation of Permanent Residence of Aliens, the applicant should go to the Chinese embassies or consulate offices to apply for D visa on the strength of the Form, and obtain Certificate of Permanent Residence of aliens within 30 days upon entry from the public security authority that has accepted the applications.

2. Aliens granted permanent residence should stay in China for more than three months in accumulation every year. Whereas they are not able to satisfy that requirement due to certain actual needs, they should obtain approval from the public security administration of the provinces, autonomous regions or municipalities directly under the Central Government where they have the permanent residence. However, their stay in China in a period of five years should be no shorter than one year.

3. Whereas the validity of Certificate of Permanent Residence of Aliens expires, or items of Certificate of Permanent Residence of Aliens have been changed, or the Certificate of Permanent Residence of Aliens have been lost or damaged, the certificate holders should apply to the public security authority of municipal people's governments with subordinate districts or branch public security bureaus or county level bureaus of municipalities directly under the Central Government where they have permanent residence for change or renewal of certificates. Whereas the public security authority considers that the certificate holders have not lost qualifications to maintain permanent residence in China, it should change or renew the certificates within one month.

4. Aliens holding Certificate of Permanent Residence of Aliens should apply for renewal of certificates one month prior to the expiration of the validity of the certificates. Whereas the content of the certificates has been changed, the holders should apply for change or renewal within one month upon the changes. In case of damage or loss of the certificates, the holders should apply for renewal or change of certificates in a timely manner.

5.  Aliens having permanent residence in China under any of the following circumstances will be cancelled of their permanent residence by the Ministry of Public Security, and their Certificate of Permanent Residence of Aliens will be revoked or declared invalid:
(1). likely to cause harms to the national safety and interests;
(2). ordered by the people's court to be expelled from of the country;
(3). obtaining permanent residence by way of providing falsified materials and other illegal methods;
(4). accumulated stay in a year being less than three months or accumulated stay in a period five years being less than one year, without permission.

- Last modified on Sep. 07, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Chinese Permanent Residence Permit
Asked by Bob from UNITED STATES | Sep. 19, 2020 15:47Reply
Elderly mother of US worker in China
Daughter has worked (and lived in Beijing China) at an English school for 8 years. Mother is over 70 and uses a wheelchair. Mother’s income is approx $30,000/yr from social security, and has retirement funds of .4 million USD in stocks.

Can mother get permanent visa to go live with her daughter?? What if daughter applied for permanent visa at same time ( would that make a difference?).
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Answered by Bob | Sep. 19, 2020 16:16
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Noticed typo.... retirement funds are .4 million USD.
Answered by Bob | Sep. 20, 2020 06:21
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App does not like the value I enter for retirement funds, so another try... one million four hundred thousand USD.
Asked by Richardson Jr Joseph Robert from UNITED STATES | Sep. 16, 2020 00:22Reply
Business Owner
I now own a new business in China. I have lived in China off and on for six years. This stay I have been in China for 10 months. I would like a permanent resident card. Since I now own a business in China would this be granted ?
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Answered by Peter | Sep. 17, 2020 00:56
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I'm afraid you cannot get the permanent residence card.
Asked by Joseph Tan from MALAYSIA | Sep. 13, 2020 19:42Reply
Are we qualify to apply for Chinese Card as my father is from Hainan, China ?
My father came from Hainan Island, China. My maternal grandfather also came from Hainan Island.

Currently, we are living in Malaysia and both our children are well-versed in Mandarin Chinese.
We would like to apply for Chinese Card to move back to Hainan for long term.

Anyone know the process and contact email ?
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Answered by Sandy | Sep. 17, 2020 00:53
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Joseph, if your father is a Chinese national, you can contact the visa center in Malaysia at klcentrevisaforchina.org to see if you can apply for a Q visa.
Asked by Meena from PAKISTAN | Sep. 09, 2020 05:02Reply
I did PhD from Nanjing china during 2014 to 2018. I am working in government of Pakistan.
Now I wanna be permanent residence certificate from China and wanna to live there forever. What are the requirements I need?
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Answered by Simon | Sep. 13, 2020 20:22
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Well, I just think you do not meet the requirements for getting Chinese permanent residence.
Asked by MR PETER G BILTON from UNITED KINGDOM | Sep. 07, 2020 11:57Reply
My partner and I need to move permanently to China.
My partner is 69 she needs to be near her son, daughter in law and grandaughter.
I am 69 also.
The daughter in law is Chinese and they have there own business there, an english school.
They live and work in Wuxi.
Also her father has his own engineering buisiness and would love us to go and live there.
We have visited China as a holiday in 2018.
Is it possible for us to get permanent residence status.
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Answered by Doris | Sep. 13, 2020 20:19
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You partner may get the permanent residence, but I'm afraid you cannot get it.
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