November 25, 2010

Several cities have updated their requirements for timely notifications when residence permit details (such as residential address, or passport number) change.  Additionally, corporate immigration processes in Shenzhen are now taking approximately three weeks longer to complete, due to increased scrutiny of applications.

Updated Residence Permit Amendment Requirements

The Shanghai Public Security Bureau (PSB) recently made an announcement regarding residence permit amendments.  Effective immediately, if there is any change in residential address, name of residence permit holder, passport number or change of sponsoring entity name, the application for residence permit amendment must be submitted within ten days of the change.

Several major cities in China have made recent changes to their amendment processes. An overview of current requirements follows:

 Beijing 

  1. Foreign nationals amending a current residence permit to reflect a change of employer are now required to personally file their applications with the Public Security Bureau;
  2. Pakistani nationals are required to appear in person for all types of residence permit applications, including changes of address;
  3. Residence permit applications for foreign nationals working in Beijing branch offices or Representative Offices to apply Residence Permit, will be subject to additional investigation by the Beijing Public Security Bureau, which will take eleven working days (see previous Global Brief on this subject here).

 Shanghai 

Any change in residence permit details (e.g. change in residential address, change of passport number, change of sponsoring entity name) must be reported within ten days of the change.

Chengdu 

Any change in residence permit details (e.g. change in residential address, change of passport number, change of sponsoring entity name) must be reported within five days of the change.

Nanjing 

Any change in residence permit details (e.g. change in residential address, change of passport number, change of sponsoring entity name) must be reported within sevendays of the change.

Shenzhen 

Any change in residence permit details (e.g. change in residential address, change of passport number, change of sponsoring entity name) must be reported within threedays of the change.

Wuhan

Any change in residence permit details (e.g. change in residential address, change of passport number, change of sponsoring entity name) must be reported within five days of the change.

Xiamen 

Any change in residence permit details (e.g. change in residential address, change of passport number, change of sponsoring entity name) must be reported within ten days of the change.

Change of Process in Shenzhen 

The Shenzhen immigration authorities have introduced more stringent requirements for work permit and residence permit applications, including an interview at the Shenzhen Public Security Bureau (PSB) before the residence permit application can be submitted Previously, an interview was required, but it was generally arranged after the submission of the residence permit application.  Additionally, first time employment license applications are now taking up to 20 working days to process, as opposed to just four days previously.  Renewals are not affected at this time.

ACTION ITEMS FOR EMPLOYERS 

Note the regional criteria for notifying the authorities of any necessary amendments to residence permits.

Note that processing time for Shenzhen has been increased by approximately three weeks; a total of around eight weeks should now be allowed for new applications to Shenzhen.

Caveat Lector | Warning to Reader 

This is provided as informational only and does not substitute for actual legal advice based on the specific circumstances of a matter. Readers are reminded that Immigration laws are fluid and can change a moment’s notice without any warning. Please reach out to your local Pro-Link GLOBAL specialist should you require any additional clarification.  Pro-Link GLOBAL worked with our PLG | KGNM Correspondent Office in P.R. China to provide you this update.