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For foreigners who are currently working in Beijing, the validity of residence permit may vary, but shall be no less than 90 days and no more than five years. Please find the relevant information below according to your particular circumstances.


1.  Valid passport or other international travel documents.

2. Completely filled VISA / STAY PERMIT / RESIDENCE PERMIT APPLICATION FORM with recently-taken half-length, white background, bareheaded, full-faced 2-inch color photo. Please fill in the application form in black ink or sign pen.

Valid accommodation registration form of the applicant obtained from local police station or hotel of present residence.

4. Applicants, who are aged above 18 and apply for residence permit with validity of more than 1 year, shall provide Verification Certificate of Medical Examination Records of Overseas Personnel issued by entry-exit health and quarantine institutions in China. The aforesaid verification certificate is valid for 6 months since the date of issuance. If Verification Certificate of Medical Examination Records of Overseas Personnel is submitted to the Beijing Municipal of Human Resources and Social Security Bureau or the Bureau of Foreign Experts at the time of processing the work permit, it is not necessary to submit it again.

Applicants who have been granted with Foreigner's Work Permit shall submit the documents as follows:

a. Valid Foreigner's Work Permit issued by the competent municipal government authorities of Beijing, such as Beijing Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, as well as Beijing Municipal Bureau of Foreign Experts.

b. Verification letter that expressing consent on the visa application by present employer.

Applicants who have not been granted by Foreigners Work Permit shall submit the documents as follows:

a. The Notification Letter of Foreigner's Work Permit (working period of more than 90 days) issued by the competent municipal authorities of Beijing, such as Beijing Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, as well as Beijing Municipal Bureau of Foreign Experts.

b. Verification letter that expressing consent on the visa application by the present employer.

Applicants who participate in recreational and sports activities shall submit the documents as follows:

a. The performance license issued by the competent municipal authorities of culture and sports.

b. Relevant correspondence and list. 

Foreign employees of foreign cultural centers in Beijing shall submit the documents as follows:

a. Those who hold official passports shall submit confirmation letter of delegation staff issued by government of the sending state.

b. Those who hold ordinary passports shall submit confirmation letter of employment by the foreign cultural center as employer and the applicant's Foreigner's Work Permit as well.

a. Exit-Entry Administration Reception Hall of Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau

Address: No. 2, Dong Avenue, An Ding Men, Dongcheng District, (the southeast corner of Beixiaojie Bridge, Erhuanlu).

Time: Monday - Saturday 09:00 - 17:00;

b. Exit-Entry Administration & Foreigner Service Center of Zhongguancun  of Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau

Address: No. 22 Jia, Shuangyushu Beili, Haidian District

Time: Monday - Saturday 09:00 - 17:00;

c. Exit-Entry Administration & Foreigner Service Center of Chaoyang Sub-bureau.  (Only available for foreign applications of the following categories: first, foreign employees in demonstrating entities and enterprises in Chaoyang District who meet the terms and conditions in the 10 Immigration Policies on Supporting the Comprehensive Pilot Program for the Expansion and Opening of Service Industry in Beijing and the 20 Immigration Policies and Measures for Innovation and Development of Beijing by Ministry of Public Security; secondly, applicants of foreigners' residence permits of employment, international student, family reunion and private business.) 

Address: 1st & 2nd Floor, Building 304, BEZ IT PARK, No. 10 Jia, Jiuxianqiao Beilu, Chaoyang District, Beijing

Time: Monday - Saturday 09:00 - 17:00;

d. Exit-Entry Administration & Foreigner Service Center of Shunyi Sub-bureau (Only available for foreign applications of the following categories: first, foreign employees in demonstrating entities and enterprises in Shunyi District who meet the terms and conditions in the 10 Immigration Policies on Supporting the Comprehensive Pilot Program for the Expansion and Opening of the Service Industry in Beijing and the 20 Immigration Policies and Measures for Innovation and Development of Beijing by Ministry of Public Security; secondly, applicants of foreigners' residence permits of employment, international student, family reunion and private business.)

Address: 1st & 2nd Floor, No. 3 Jia office building, Tianzhu Donglu, Shunyi District, Beijing

Time: Monday - Saturday 09:00 - 17:00;

e. Exit-Entry Administration & Foreigner Service Center of Shijingshan Sub-bureau of Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau (Only available for applicants of foreigners' residence permits of employment, international student, family reunion and private business. );

Address: No. 3 Jia, Gucheng Nanli, Shijingshan District

Time: Monday - Saturday 09:00-12:00, 13:30-17:30;

f. Exit-Entry Administration & Foreigner Service Center of Tongzhou Sub-bureau of Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau (Only available for applicants of foreigners' residence permits of employment, international student, family reunion and private business).

Address: No. 15, Beiguan Dajie, Yongshun Town, Tongzhou District

Time: Monday - Saturday 09:00 - 17:00.

Pay the application fee and pick up your documents from the visa applications hall.

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The whole process of issuing the Residence/Visa/Stay permit will take 7 working days.

CNY 400 per person for a residence permit for foreigners, the valid for less than one year.

CNY 800 per person for a residence permit valid for one year (inclusive) to three years.

CNY 1,000 per person for a residence permit valid for 3 years (inclusive) to 5 years.

1. The applicant shall go through a face-to-face interview. However, for applicants who are aged above 60 and inconvenient to travel, or apply for an extension of residence permit due to disability, or exceptional ability talents qualified as much-needed of the state, the host organization or a particular service agency can submit the application on behalf of the applicant (a copy of the trustee's ID is required). Nonetheless, if the Exit-Entry Administration Department notifies the applicant that an interview is necessary, the applicant shall go through the interview personally.

2. For the above-stated application materials, the original documents need to be verified, and photocopies submitted.

3. Any application material in foreign language (except English) should be translated into Chinese.

4. Applicant who doesn't nullify China's household registration should apply after the cancellation of household registration.

1. Where visas held by foreigners specify that foreigners need to apply for residence permits after entry, such foreigners shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply for foreigners' residence permits.

2. Foreigners residing in China who apply for the extension of the duration of residence shall file their applications at least 30 days prior to the expiry of the validity period on their residence permits.

3. During the period when the applicant's passport or other travel document is under legal custody of the exit-entry authority for the issuance of visa or resident permit, the applicant may, bearing the receipt notice of the application herein, travel and reside legally within the territory of China.

4. Where the registered item in a foreigner's residence permit has changed ( the items shall include the bearer's name, sex, date of birth, reason for residence and duration of residence of the holder, date and place of issuance, passport number or other international travel documents number), the holder shall, within 10 days from the date of change, apply to the exit-entry administration of public security organ under the local people's government at or above the county level in the place of residence for going through the formalities for alteration.

5. Upon discovery of one of the following circumstances, the entity that employs a foreigner shall, in a timely manner, report to the exit and entry administration authority of the public security organ: a foreigner employed resigns, changes employment location, violates the provisions on administration of exit and entry, dies, disappears or other serious circumstances arise.

6. The exit and entry administration authority of the public security organ may verify the purpose of application through such means as interview, telephone inquiry and on-the-spot investigation.

7. Decisions made by the exit-entry administration of public security organ on rejecting applications for visa extension or reissuance, or on not issuing foreigners' stay or residence permits or not extending the duration of residence shall be final.

The right to interpret this Instruction shall reside in the Exit-Entry Administration Department of Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau.