New regulations for foreigners to get residence permits in China
2010-June-7 Source: www.dgtoday.com.cn
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The city's public security authority announced yesterday (June 3) that the scope of foreigner applicants for residence permits has been expanded. As of the 1st of June 2010, foreigners who own houses in Dongguan will be able to access residence permits in China.

According to the regulations, Dongguan will expand the scope of applicants for foreigners to apply for residence permits. Chinese citizens' foreign spouse, as well as their parents and children who are under 18 years old will be able to receive residence permits. As of the 1st of June, nine categories of foreigners can apply for residence permits in China. Before this, only four categories of expatriate included those working in China, hold their office in China, resident journalists in China and international students only could apply for residents permit.

The new regulations allow for a further five categories of expatriates to apply for residence permits in China. Those people include: Chinese citizens' foreign spouse, as well as their parents and children under 18 years old; foreigners older than 60 years-old, who have no living relatives in their countries, but have relatives in China, as well as their foreign spouse; foreigners above 60 years-old who own houses in China, as well as their spouse and children who are under 18 years old; foreigners who come to China to look after their Chinese parents who are above 60 years old and with no children in China; children of overseas Chinese or children of Chinese citizens who have residence permits in other countries.

According to the new regulations, beside the 6-month or one-year L visa, residence permits can also be issued. There are no limitations on entry or exit for those residence permits, and they will be available for up to 2 years.

(By Tan Jing)

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