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Application Guide for Foreign Citizens Seeking Permanent Residence in Nanchang
   On August 20, 2004, the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the formal implementation of Foreigner’s permanent residence system in China. On August 25, 2004, the system has gone into effect in Nanchang City. The foreign citizens investing Nanchang or working in Nanchang, the special personnel or the families of such special personnel, the people who come to Nanchang to be with family, such as husbands and wives, minors dependent on their parents and citizens dependent on their relatives can apply the Foreigner's Permanent Residence Permit namely, a "green card". The application procedures are as follows:
   1. Application Qualification:
   (1) Investor: having direct investment in China, stable investment in China for three years in a row and having a sound taxation records and meeting any of the following requirements:
   1. Those whose investment is more than 500,000 U.S. dollars in the industries listed in Guidance directory of Industry of foreign investment promulgated by the country
   2. Those whose investment is more than 500,000 U.S. dollars to western regions of China or to key counties listed in the state poverty alleviation and development projects
   3. Those whose investment is more than one million U.S. dollars to central regions of China;
   4. Those whose investment is more than two million U.S. dollars to China.
   (2) Employer: Having assumed the posts of deputy general manager or deputy director of plants or higher level posts or posts of associate professors or associate research fellows and similar posts for more than four years in a row and a period of stay in accumulation being no shorter than three years and having sound taxation records; and meeting any of the following requirements:
   1. Those who work in any a department of the State Council or organization attached to the provincial People's Government;
   2. Those who work in any a key college or university;
   3. Those who work in enterprise or public institution implementing the national key projects or major research projects;
   4. Those who work in any a high-tech enterprise, foreign invested enterprise in encouraged fields, enterprise with foreign investment or export-oriented enterprise with foreign investment.
   (3) Special Personnel: having major and outstanding contribution to China or needed urgently by China.
   (4) The souses and unmarried children aged less than 18 years old of the investor, the employer or the special personnel;
   (5) The people who come to Nanchang to be with family, such as husbands and wives: spouses of Chinese citizens or of aliens having obtained permanent residence in China, whose marriage has lasted for five years, and who lived in China for five years in a row, the annual stay in China being no shorter than nine months, and who have stable and secured living status and place to live
(6). Minors dependent on their parents:  Unmarried children aged under18 years old who come to China to live with their parents;
   (7). Citizens dependent on their relatives: Persons having no direct relatives abroad entering China to live with direct relatives in China, who are over 60 years old, have lived in China for five years in a row, whose annual stay in China being no shorter than nine months and have stable and secured living status and places to live. Time period of year mentioned in this article refers to the continuous period of time prior to the day of application.
   2. Procedure:
   Accepted by the public security organ at the city level, checked by the public security organs at the provincial level, reviewed by the Ministry of Public Security who also decide to approve or not to approve the application
   3. Office Time and Procedures
   The public security organ decides to approve or not to approve the application within six months since the day when the foreigner submits the application of permanent residence permit, for the foreigner whose permanent residence status in China are permitted, he/she receive Foreigner’s Permanent Residence Permit issued by the Ministry of Public Security; if the applicant is out of the Chinese territory, the Ministry of Public Security shall issue a Confirmation Form of Foreigner’s Permanent Residence Status to the applicant, who shall apply for a “D” visa to the Chinese embassy within 30 days from his/her entry into China, he/she gets the Foreigner’s Permanent Residence Permit from the public security organ that handled his/her application.
   4. Basic documents required
   1. A valid passport, or other certificate in lieu of passport, and one copy of such passport or certificate;
   2. Health Examination Certificate, when applying within 6 months, issued by health or medical institutions designated by Chinese government, or those issued by health or medical institutions abroad and authenticated by a local Chinese Consulate or local Chinese Embassy;
   3. Certificate of no criminal record authenticated by a local Chinese Embassy;
   4. Four recent half-length, bareheaded, full-faced 2-inch color photos.
   5. Application for Permanent Residence in China
   6. Other materials required (Depending on the application type).
   5. Period of Validity
Foreigner’s Permanent Residence Permit is valid for five or ten years. Certificates with five-year validity are granted to foreigners under age 18, while certificates with ten-year validity are granted to foreigners over the age of 18.
6. Regulations on the Use of the Permanent Residence Permit:
1. For the foreigner with permanent residence permit of China, the Foreigner’s Permanent Residence Permit is his/her legal identity document during his/her stay in China and can be used alone.
2. The foreigner with permanent residence eligibility in China can enter and exit China with a valid passport and Foreigner’s Permanent Residence Permit.
   3. The foreigner who has been approved permanent residence in China shall be free to select life style, work place and work unit within the laws and shall be free from transacting any formalities or the regular inspection of certificates or payment for certificates; however, the foreigner is required to declare the lodging registration and the location of office and home in accordance with the regulations of the Law of The People's Republic of China on Control of the Entry and Exit of Aliens and the Rules Governing the Implementation.
   4. The foreigner who has been approved of permanent residence in China before the implementation of these Measures shall, renew his/her Foreigner’s Permanent Residence Permit to the public security organ where the original permit was released or the public security bureau in the place of his/her long-term residence since the date when the measures are implemented.
   5. The foreigner who has been approved permanent residence in China shall reside in China for not less than 3 months every year.


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