Residence permits

How to get a residence permit for China

It is not your visa but your residence permit that gives you the right to live in China. Upon arrival in China, you have 30 days to obtain your residence permit.

Your initial visa grants you the right to enter China for a specific purpose, but expires after a few months. If you wish to stay longer in China, you will need to apply for a residence permit which works like a multiple-entry visa, allowing you to leave the country and return without an additional visa as long as the permit remains valid (even if your original visa has expired).

There are three types of residence permits that allow you to live in China:

In order to receive a residence permit, you will have to provide the following documentation:

Physical Exam Certificate

In theory, you are required to present a physical examination certificate in order to obtain a residence permit (the Chinese embassy lists them as required documents for residence visas). However, on many occasions people are not asked to submit the paperwork. The best advice is therefore to wait until when and if you are asked for the certificate.


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