I. Submit an application to a city-level Public Security Bureau or at the county-level branch of the Public Security Bureau directly responsible for the community of the applicant's major investment or long-term residence.
II. Provide the specified application documents.
III. The public security body shall investigate and verify the conditions of the applicant according to the specified pre-requisites.
IV. The local department will submit the application to the Ministry of Public Security for examination and approval.
V. The ministry shall decide whether to approve or reject the application for permanent residence permit within 6 months of receiving the application.
VI. Upon the approval of the Ministry of Public Security, the applicant will be granted a Foreigner Permanent Residency Permit by the Ministry of Public Security.
A Chinese permanent residence card is not equivalent to Chinese nationality. Presently China does not recognize dual or multiple nationalities. Thus, if one wants to become a Chinese national, original nationality status would have to be cancelled.
Those who obtain a Chinese permanent residence card should not stay in China less than three months in a year or less than a year in five years. Special causes will need approval from city level public security bureaus.
Expats with a Chinese permanent residence card will still need to observe rules concerning traveling, temporary living in other cities, and visiting areas closed to the public.
For further information or for a free copy of the "Chinese Green Card Guide," call Xiang Yang at the Beijing Zhongfu Law Firm at 6329-3541.
Location: Beijing Commercial Guild Hall, Bldg 1 Yulinli, You'anmenwai
(Beijing.gov.cn, China Daily, October 16, 2006)