Notice on Exit and Entry Administration Law of the People's Republic of China
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In accordance with the Exit and Entry Administration Law of the People’s Republic of China, where a foreign national stays in a hotel in China, the hotel shall register his or her stay in accordance with the relevant regulations on the administration of public security of the hotel industry and send the information so registered to the competent public security authority.

Where a foreign national resides or stays in a place other than a hotel, such foreign national or his or her host shall, within 24 hours after the foreign national’s arrival, register the details of the stay of such foreign national with the competent public security authority. Failure to register in accordance with this provision shall be subject to a warning, and may also be subject to a fine of up to 2,000 yuan.

The documents required for applying the residence permit :

Foreigners who need to apply for the residence permit after entering the country with obtained visa should go to the administration of entry and exit in the local public security bureau to apply for residence permit for foreigners.

Foreigners applying for the residence permit with a period of validity for more than one year shall submit the certificate of health issued by the local health and quarantine authority or the healthcare department above the county level in accordance with relevant rules to testify that the applicant is not suffering from severe mental disorders, contagious tuberculosis or other communicable diseases which are likely to cause serious harm to public health. Applicants shall submit the following documents as per requirements:

1.    Employment: Immigrants holding Z visa shall submit the work permit issued by competent authorities such as the local administration of human resources and social security, foreign experts, etc. as well as testimonial papers issued by the employer. ; Immigrants holding other types of visa shall submit testimonial papers in conformity with the conditions and requirements set by Chinese authorities on foreign high-level personnel, urgently needed professionals, investors, etc. Residence permit with a stay of no more than five years can be issued to foreign high-level personnel, urgently needed professionals and investors. Residence permit with a stay of no more than two years can be issued to staff working for registered employers with good credibility. Residence permit with a stay of no more than one year can be issued to other types of personnel.

2.    Study: Immigrants holding X1 visa shall submit the document issued by the school identifying the period of study and a letter of admission or enrollment. Immigrants holding other types of visas shall also submit testimonial papers issued by the competent department. Residence permit can be issued with the same length of stay as indicated by the school. .

In the event where foreigners holding residence permit for the purpose of study need to take a part-time job at school or an internship outside the school, they are required to get the approval from the school and submit a letter of consent from the school on the part-time job or from the employer on the internship and apply for a special endorsement on the residenc permit from the administration of exit and entry of the public security bureau.

3.    Journalist: Immigrants holding J1 visa shall submit the documents and the press card issued by the Foreign Affairs Office of the People's Government at the provincial level. Residence permit with a stay of no more than one year can be issued. 

4.   Reunion: Immigrants holding Q1 visa shall submit the identification of the person visited and the documents indicating the relationship among family members. Immigrants holding other types of visas shall also submit the certificate of relationship among family members. Residence permit with a stay of no more than 3 years can be issued to applicants under the age of 18 or above the age of 60. For an applicant under the age of 18, the last day of the approved stay shall not be after the date on which he or she reaches the age of 18. Residence permit with a stay of no more than 2 years can be issued to other applicants.

For foreign children under 18 entrusted to the care in China by their Chinese parents with foreign nationalities or as overseas Chinese, the entrustee may apply for the residence permit on the children’s behalf at the administration of entry and exit in the local public security bureau in the registered place of domicile or principal place of residence. The documents to be submitted include the birth certificate of the applicant, passport copies of the foreign parents, a copy of the identification of permanent residence abroad in the case where both parents or either of them is Chinese, the authorization letter from the parents of the applicant identifying the fact of entrusting or the guardian and the period of entrusting, the entrustee’s letter, the entrustee’s certificate of permanent registration residence in the local region or the residence certificate for over six months in the actual place of residence together with his or her ID card. Residence permit with a stay of no more than three years can be issued with the expiring date before the date on which the applicant turns 18. 

5.    Personal matter: Immigrants holding S1 visa shall submit the documents identifying the relationship of kindred (spouse, parents, spouse’s parents, children under 18) and the residence certificate provided by the host. Residence permit with the same stay as that of the host in China can be issued. Other applicants shall also submit testimonial papers in relation with the personal matters to be dealt with during the stay. Residence permit with a stay of no more than 1 year can be issued. 

Immigrants holding other types of visas shall submit the documents identifying the relationship of kindred (spouse, parents, spouse’s parents, children under 18) and the residence certificate provided by the host. Residence permit with the same stay as that of the host in China can be issued. Applicants with humanitarian purposes shall submit relevant testimonial papers and residence permit with a stay of no more than 1 year can be issued accordingly. Chinese with foreign nationalities over the age of 60 who have purchased real estate in China shall submit the certificate of the property under his or her name or the notarized trade contract of the property and the certificate of the source of income. Foreigners who receive medical aid or service in China shall submit the certificate of hospitalization or service rendering for a period of over six months issued by healthcare institutions above the county level in the region or rated above Grade Two.

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