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
III. The public security body shall investigate
and verify the conditions of the applicant according to the
IV. The local department will submit the
application to the Ministry of Public Security for examination and
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
Location: Beijing Commercial Guild Hall, Bldg 1 Yulinli,
(Beijing.gov.cn, China Daily, October 16, 2006)