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Process for foreigners to apply for permanent residence

Updated: 2014-06-29

Firstly, consult relevant policies and standards

Secondly, prepare relevant materials

Thirdly, take photos

Fourthly, fill in the blanks

Fifthly, submit application

How to get relevant policy information?

Applicants can get information at the reception hall of Changsha Public Security Bureau’s Population and Exit and Entry Management Department, or consult the chief of police there.

Photo standards

Photos have to be full-faced, hat-free and full-color and have been recently taken. Foreigners wearing glasses should keep the glasses on when being photographed. The photo color should be accurate, distinct and natural without obvious distortion. The photo background should be light blue and photo should cover full collars or collar bone. 

How to submit application and what’s the time limit for examination and approval?

Foreigners should submit their application to the local security bureau’s exit and entry management department, or commission a third party to process the application. If they commission the application, a letter of authorization should be submitted. If the letter is written from a foreign country, it has to be verified by the Chinese embassy or consulate in that country.
The time limit is six months from when the application is accepted.

Which foreigners need to replace the Foreigner Permanent Residence Certificate or have it renewed? 

Overseas Chinese or foreigners who were approved to enjoy permanent residence before the Management Methods were implemented; overseas Chinese or foreigners whose valid certificate will expire in a month or has been damaged or lost, or if the certificate content changes in less than a month.

Materials needed to be submitted:

1, Valid foreign passport or a certificate that can replace passport;

2, Filled in Application Form for Renewal or Reissue of the Foreigner Permanent Residence Certificate;

3, Foreigner Residence Permit for those who were approved to enjoy permanent residence before the Management Methods were implemented

4, Four two-inch full-faced, hat-free, half-length and full-color photos with light-blue background that were recently taken.

Costs 

1, 1,500 yuan per person per application;

2, 300 yuan per Foreigner's Residence Permit;

3, 300 yuan for certificate renewal or reissue;

4, 600 yuan for certificate replacement. 

Matters needing attention

Address: No 2 Fenglinyi Road, Yingwan town, Changsha city (4th floor, Hexi Traffic Police Building’s Skirt Building)

The reception hall of Changsha Public Security Bureau’s population and exit and entry management department

Work hours: Monday-Friday (except holidays) Morning: 9:00-12:00; Afternoon: 13:00-17:00

Tel: 0731-88878745, 88878741