The rules, undated, were provided to our firm on December 2, 2013. The rules provide details for implementing the State Council’s Measures for the Administration of Examination and Approval of Aliens’ Permanent Residence in China.
Similar information for Shanghai can be found in its local “Visa & Residence Permit Information” Booklet.
Rules for Application for Permanent Residence by a Foreign National (8): Spousal Reunion
A. Application Requirements
To apply, as of the date the application is accepted for filing, the applicant must have been married to a Chinese citizen or foreigner permanently residing in China for five years, resided continuously in China for 5 years (and each of those years been physically present in China for at least 9 months), have a guarantee of a stable life and home, abide by Chinese law, be healthy, and have no criminal record.
B. Application Materials
1. Notarized or authenticated marriage certificate (photocopy).
2. Spouse’s ID card (photocopy): Chinese citizen spouse’s national ID card and Beijing hukou, or foreign spouse’s unexpired permanent residence card.
3. Notarized lease or deed for home (photocopy).
4. Notarized evidence of bank deposits (photocopy) (The balance should be 100,000 RMB or higher, and it should be frozen for at least 6 months).
5. Certificate of no criminal conviction abroad authenticated by the appropriate Chinese consulate (photocopy). (The certificate and authentication should be issued within 6 months of the date the application is accepted).
6. Notarized certificate of no criminal conviction in China (photocopy). (The certificate and notarization should be issued within 6 months of the date the application is accepted).
7. Health certificate issued by the Beijing Exit-Entry Bureau’s Inspection and Quarantine Bureau. (The certificate should be issued within 6 months of the date the application is accepted).
8. Passport(s) used within the 5 years prior to application, including unexpired visa (photocopy).
9. For an applicant who has held a residence permit for work, submit the work permit or foreign expert permit, evidence of salary, and tax payment certificates for three years (photocopies).
10. If the applicant is a Chinese person who has acquired foreign nationality, submit evidence of qualification to settle in a foreign country, naturalization in that country, the Chinese passport used at the time of naturalization, and evidence of cancellation of your hukou by the police station (photocopies).
11. Two front-facing color portrait-layout photographs with a light blue or white background.
12. Resumes for both spouses.
13. Other required documents.
C. Standard Fees
First-time application: 1500 RMB
Card production: 300 RMB
Changes to card: 300 RMB
Replacement card: 600 RMB
1. Documents issued by foreign entities must be authenticated by the Chinese consulate in the corresponding country.
2. Documents in foreign languages should be translated to Chinese. The translation should be chopped by the translation company.
3. Photocopies should be on A4-size paper and submitted in duplicate. Provide the original documents for inspection at the time of application.