In this article, we explain China’s permanent residence application process for Beijing. This is a part of a series of articles on China Briefing explaining Chinese Green Card policies for first-tier cities. You are welcome to read our articles for information on the permanent residence application for Shanghai and Guangdong province.
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.
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.
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.
· The applicant has been having steady investments and good tax records upon application and for three consecutive years prior to the date of application; and
· The applicant has founded foreign invested enterprise(s) in Beijing with his/her name indicated in the investor column of business license
· The applicant has been having steady investments and good tax records upon application and for three consecutive years prior to the date of application;
· The applicant has made the investment by setting up foreign invested enterprise(s) in Beijing or by cooperating with Chinese investors in oil exploration and development; and
· For applicant who set up foreign invested enterprise(s) in Beijing, his/her name should be indicated in the investor column of the business license.
– Enterprises and public institutions carrying out national key projects or major scientific research projects under departments of the State Council or subsidiary organs of a provincial people’s government;
– National laboratories;
– National key laboratories;
– National engineering laboratories;
– National engineering research centers;
– State-recognized enterprise technology centers;
– National engineering technology research centers; and
– Foreign-funded research & development centers.
· The applicant holds a position higher than deputy general manager, deputy factory director, or a title higher than deputy-senior titles such as associate professor and associate research fellow, or enjoy the equivalent treatments; and
· The applicant, upon application and prior to the date of application, has served for four consecutive years in the qualified institutions, resided in China for no less than three years among the four consecutive years, and have had good tax records.
– Hi-technology enterprises;
– Foreign invested enterprises in encourage sectors;
– Foreign invested advanced technology enterprises; and
– Foreign invested export enterprises.
· Upon and prior to the date of application, the annual salary income (before taxes) of the applicant has been over RMB 500,000 for four consecutive years;
· The applicant has been paying over RMB 100,000 of individual income tax each year; and
· The applicant has been recommended by the current employer.
· Upon and prior to the date of application, the applicant has been working in Beijing for three years on work-related residence permit labeled as “talent”; and
· The applicant has obtained a recommendation letter issued by the office of the leading group the Beijing’s comprehensive pilot program of further opening up of service sector.
· The applicant has acquired a recommendation letter issued by the office of the leading group for Beijing’s comprehensive pilot program for expanding the opening of the service sector.
Foreign Chinese with doctoral degree
· Upon application and prior to the date of application, the spouses have been married for at least five years and resided in China for five consecutive years (no less than nine months each year);
· The applicant enjoys stable living guarantee and residence;
· The applicant abides by the laws of China;
· The applicant enjoys good health; and
· The applicant has no criminal record.
· The applicant applies for permanent residence for uniting with their parents or foreign parents who have obtained permanent residence status in China.
· The relative whom the applicant seek to live as dependents is Chinese direct relative who have reached the age of 18 or foreign direct relatives who have obtained permanent residence in China;
· Upon application and prior to the date of application, the applicant has resided in China for five consecutive years (no less than nine months each year);
· Th applicant enjoys stable living guarantee and residence;
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.
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:
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.
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.
China Briefing is written and produced by Dezan Shira & Associates. The practice assists foreign investors into China and has done so since 1992 through offices in Beijing, Tianjin, Dalian, Qingdao, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Suzhou, Guangzhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong. Please contact the firm for assistance in China at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dezan Shira & Associates has offices in Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, United States, Germany, Italy, India, and Russia, in addition to our trade research facilities along the Belt & Road Initiative. We also have partner firms assisting foreign investors in The Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh.
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