Foreigners can obtain five types of Chinese residence permits

In recent years, Chinese citizens’ foreign relatives come to China to visit their relatives, to join and support their immediate family members in China, as well as foreign Chinese and overseas Chinese to foster their foreign children in China and other cases are increasing. The person in charge of the Exit-Entry Administration of the Ministry of Public Security introduced that according to the current regulations, most of the above-mentioned people can apply for a family visit visa to stay in China, and the visa is valid for a maximum of one year, and can apply for extension before expiration.

The Ministry of Public Security has decided that from June 1, 2010, foreigners who need to stay in China for more than 6 months and meet the required conditions and provide relevant documents can obtain 5 types of residence permits for “visiting relatives”, “dependency”, “housing”, “support” and “foster care” respectively, and are not limited to the number of times they can enter and leave China during the validity period.
Person 1: Foreign spouses, foreign parents and foreign children under the age of 18 of Chinese citizens and foreigners with permanent residence status in China.
Measures: The entry-exit administration department of the public security authorities of the place where the Chinese citizens are registered or live mainly, or where the foreigners with permanent residence are permanently residing, can issue visa extensions, primary, secondary or multiple visas for family visits valid for no more than 6 months. For those who need to stay continuously in China for more than 6 months, a residence permit of “visiting relatives” can be issued for a period of not more than 1 year, and after the expiration of the period, if the conditions are met and the corresponding documents are provided, an extension can be applied for. For those who have reached 60 years of age or under 18 years of age, a one-time “family visit” residence permit valid for no more than 2 years may be issued.

Person 2: Foreigners who have reached the age of 60 and have no immediate family members outside of China, and their foreign spouses who have joined their immediate family members inside China.
Measures: the permanent resident foreigner’s permanent residence in the place of domicile or main living place of Chinese citizens, the public security organs of the entry-exit administration department can issue a visa extension, once, twice or several times to visit relatives with a validity of not more than 6 months. For those who need to stay continuously in China for more than 6 months, a one-time “dependency” residence permit valid for not more than 2 years can be issued, and after the expiration of the period, if the conditions are still met and the corresponding documents are provided, an extension can be applied for

Person 3: foreign Chinese who have reached the age of 60 and purchased property in mainland China, their foreign spouses and foreign children under the age of 18.

Measures: The entry-exit administration department of the public security organ where the property is purchased can issue a visa extension, one, two or more china visit visas valid for not more than six months. For those who need to stay in China for more than 6 months continuously, a one-time residence permit can be issued for a period of not more than 2 years for “house purchase” or “family members of house purchasers”.

Person 4: Foreign Chinese who come to China to take care of their Chinese parents who are over 60 years old and have no children in China and have reached the age of 18.
Measures: the Chinese citizen’s household registration or the main living place of the public security organs of the entry-exit administration can issue a visa extension, once, twice or several times to visit relatives type visa valid for not more than 6 months. For those who need to stay in China for more than 6 months continuously, can be issued for a period of up to 1 year “support” type of residence permit, after the expiry of the specified conditions and provide the appropriate supporting documents, you can apply for an extension.

Person 5: foreign Chinese, Chinese citizens settled abroad in mainland China foster foreign children under the age of 18.
Measures: domestic adopters or guardians of the household registration or the main place of life of the public security organs of the entry-exit administration can issue a visa extension valid for not more than 6 months, once, twice or multiple visits to relative’s type visa. For those who need to stay in China for more than 6 months continuously, a one-time “foster” type residence permit valid for no more than 2 years can be issued, and after the expiration of the period still meet the prescribed conditions and provide the appropriate supporting documents, can apply for extension.

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