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China Permanent Residence Application: Explaining the Process in Beijing

We explain China's permanent residency policies with a focus on the eligibility, detailed qualification criteria, and application process in Beijing.



By Monica Li, Assistant Manager, Business Advisory Services


We explain Chinas permanent residence application policies with a focus on the eligibility, detailed qualification criteria, and procedure in Beijing.


Foreigners permanent residency in China has been a hot topic in recent years as relevant policies are making the application process more attractive and flexible in first-tier cities like Beijing and Shanghai. China had intended to make a regulation integrating all the policies and unify their nationwide implementation rather than continue to have regional and localized polices to attract high-level talents back in early year 2020. However, so far, that endeavor has been stuck in the draft seeking for public comments stage. Hence, foreigners will still need to refer to local policies if they want to know details of the permanent residency application, such as qualifications, procedures, timeline, cost, etc.


Given this, Dezan Shira & Associates is devoted to understanding the respective permanent residency policies of first-tier cities and providing corresponding introductions to foreigners for their better self-assessment before starting the application process. Hopefully, this will save their time and cost as compared to self-researching on the fragmented news.


This article is going to discuss the most updated permanent residency polices of Beijing.

Who can apply for permanent residency in Beijing?


For easier illustration, we divide the applicant into two categories: principal applicant and dependent of principal applicant, the former of which are applicants who are qualified to apply permanent residency due to investment, employment, or special contributions to China.


Principal applicant

Based on the categories of permanent residency applicants listed by Beijing entry-exit bureau, we present the corresponding qualifications as shown in the table below.

Dependent of principal applicant

For certain principal applicants, such as high-level, special, employed, or investment personnel, the Beijing Public Security Bureau clarified that their spouse and child can apply for permanent residence along with the principal applicant.


How to apply for China permanent residency?


Upon self-assessment of the qualifications based on the above-mentioned categories, the applicant should prepare corresponding application documents and submit to the Beijing Public Security Bureau.


Generally, the below documents are needed for the permanent residency application:

  • Complete Application Form for Permanent Residence in China;

  • Valid passport and valid visa (or resident permit);

  • Passport photos (2 inches, white or light blue background);

  • A health certificate issued by a domestic entry-exit inspection and issued within the last six months;

  • Non-criminal record abroad of the applicant or the linear relative;

  • Complete resume of the applicant;

  • If the applicant is a foreign investor the certificate and record-filing documents related to foreign invested enterprise, the business license, a capital verification report showing that the companys registered capital has reached the standard, and tax records of the applicant for the last three years are also required;

  • If the applicant applies for the permanent residence card through employment company letters, licenses, relevant qualification documents, and tax payment certificates are also required;

  • If applicant is an accompanying family member proof of relationship (marriage certificate, birth certificate, or proof of kinship) and evidence of stable housing and income are also required; and

  • If the applicant was once of Chinese nationality naturalization paper or household registration transcript, overseas permanent resident certificate, and previous China passport are also required.

According to the guidelines released by the Beijing Public Security Bureau, the application will be processed within 50 working days upon acceptance of the application documents (time for investigation is excluded if some items need to be investigated by the Public Security Bureau).


In practice, the whole process could be prolonged considering the time for preparing the documentation and submitting them to the bureau in charge.


Given the burdensome preparation work and the ongoing travel bans, it is advisable that applicants reach out to a local specialist to handle the application process.

Potential challenges for application


It can be observed from recent policies that China is more and more open to the application of permanent residency from foreigners. However, the actual application process imposes significant challenges to the applicants, considering all the documentation are required to be 100 percent in compliance to the officially stated requirements and respective documents may involve examination by different authorities.


For example, for applicants invested in encouraged sectors, the Confirmation Letter of Foreign Investment Projects Encouraged by the State shall be applied for with the Beijing Municipal Commerce Bureau, the tax payment voucher shall be obtained from the tax bureau in charge, etc.


Therefore, it is necessary to have a professional advisor and supporter on handling the process, especially with respect to the documentation collection guidance.


Dezan Shira & Associates is happy and able to provide advisory and relevant support when needed, and we welcome foreigners who have intention to apply for permanent residency to come to us for further discussion.









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China Permanent Residence Application: Explaining the Process


Reading time: 9 minutes


China Permanent Residence Application: Explaining the Process in Beijing

We explain China's permanent residency policies with a focus on the eligibility, detailed qualification criteria, and application process in Beijing.



By Monica Li, Assistant Manager, Business Advisory Services


We explain Chinas permanent residence application policies with a focus on the eligibility, detailed qualification criteria, and procedure in Beijing.


Foreigners permanent residency in China has been a hot topic in recent years as relevant policies are making the application process more attractive and flexible in first-tier cities like Beijing and Shanghai. China had intended to make a regulation integrating all the policies and unify their nationwide implementation rather than continue to have regional and localized polices to attract high-level talents back in early year 2020. However, so far, that endeavor has been stuck in the draft seeking for public comments stage. Hence, foreigners will still need to refer to local policies if they want to know details of the permanent residency application, such as qualifications, procedures, timeline, cost, etc.


Given this, Dezan Shira & Associates is devoted to understanding the respective permanent residency policies of first-tier cities and providing corresponding introductions to foreigners for their better self-assessment before starting the application process. Hopefully, this will save their time and cost as compared to self-researching on the fragmented news.


This article is going to discuss the most updated permanent residency polices of Beijing.

Who can apply for permanent residency in Beijing?


For easier illustration, we divide the applicant into two categories: principal applicant and dependent of principal applicant, the former of which are applicants who are qualified to apply permanent residency due to investment, employment, or special contributions to China.


Principal applicant

Based on the categories of permanent residency applicants listed by Beijing entry-exit bureau, we present the corresponding qualifications as shown in the table below.

Dependent of principal applicant

For certain principal applicants, such as high-level, special, employed, or investment personnel, the Beijing Public Security Bureau clarified that their spouse and child can apply for permanent residence along with the principal applicant.


How to apply for China permanent residency?


Upon self-assessment of the qualifications based on the above-mentioned categories, the applicant should prepare corresponding application documents and submit to the Beijing Public Security Bureau.


Generally, the below documents are needed for the permanent residency application:

  • Complete Application Form for Permanent Residence in China;

  • Valid passport and valid visa (or resident permit);

  • Passport photos (2 inches, white or light blue background);

  • A health certificate issued by a domestic entry-exit inspection and issued within the last six months;

  • Non-criminal record abroad of the applicant or the linear relative;

  • Complete resume of the applicant;

  • If the applicant is a foreign investor the certificate and record-filing documents related to foreign invested enterprise, the business license, a capital verification report showing that the companys registered capital has reached the standard, and tax records of the applicant for the last three years are also required;

  • If the applicant applies for the permanent residence card through employment company letters, licenses, relevant qualification documents, and tax payment certificates are also required;

  • If applicant is an accompanying family member proof of relationship (marriage certificate, birth certificate, or proof of kinship) and evidence of stable housing and income are also required; and

  • If the applicant was once of Chinese nationality naturalization paper or household registration transcript, overseas permanent resident certificate, and previous China passport are also required.

According to the guidelines released by the Beijing Public Security Bureau, the application will be processed within 50 working days upon acceptance of the application documents (time for investigation is excluded if some items need to be investigated by the Public Security Bureau).


In practice, the whole process could be prolonged considering the time for preparing the documentation and submitting them to the bureau in charge.


Given the burdensome preparation work and the ongoing travel bans, it is advisable that applicants reach out to a local specialist to handle the application process.

Potential challenges for application


It can be observed from recent policies that China is more and more open to the application of permanent residency from foreigners. However, the actual application process imposes significant challenges to the applicants, considering all the documentation are required to be 100 percent in compliance to the officially stated requirements and respective documents may involve examination by different authorities.


For example, for applicants invested in encouraged sectors, the Confirmation Letter of Foreign Investment Projects Encouraged by the State shall be applied for with the Beijing Municipal Commerce Bureau, the tax payment voucher shall be obtained from the tax bureau in charge, etc.


Therefore, it is necessary to have a professional advisor and supporter on handling the process, especially with respect to the documentation collection guidance.


Dezan Shira & Associates is happy and able to provide advisory and relevant support when needed, and we welcome foreigners who have intention to apply for permanent residency to come to us for further discussion.









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