Migration Options

Migration Options

- Who Can Apply For China Permanent Residence?

China permanent residence card

If you belong to one of the following categories, you may be eligible for the China Permanent Residence which is 5 or 10 years long, allowing unlimited entries and stay.


1- Special Talents and their foreign spouse and unmarried children under 18 years old:

  • World-class talents, special skilled professionals or celebrities who have made significant and outstanding contributions to national economic development and social progress or who have great value to the country;

  • Foreigners who meet the criteria of high-level talent as set by Shanghai Zhangjiang National Innovation Demonstration Zone or China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (hereinafter call "Double Zones") and are recommended by the Administration Committee of Double Zones;

  • Core members of research teams recommended and guaranteed by foreign leading experts or pioneering researchers who have been introduced by double zones and recognized by the Administration Committee of Double Zones.

2- Couples Reunion:


Those people who are married to a Chinese citizen (having registered Chinese permanent citizenship), or to a foreigner who has the qualification for permanently staying in China can apply for permanent residence in China, if they meet all of the following four requirements

  • They have been married for 5 years;

  • They have lived in China for 5 consecutive years and staying in mainland China for no less than 9 months every year;

  • They have stable life security and accommodations in China.

3- Senior/Professional Staff, the foreign spouse and their unmarried children under 18 years old:


Applicants are eligible for permanent residence if they are employed in the following 5 types of organizations and hold positions of chairman, vice chairman, general manager, deputy general manager, or have titles of associate professor, associate researcher and above, and have worked consecutively for 4 years (residence in China no less than 3 years), and have good tax records:

  • Research institutes of the State Council or Shanghai Municipal People's Government or public institutions with administrative management or functions

  • Key universities ("211 Project" schools and the first batch of admissions colleges)

  • Enterprises and institutions that undertake the task of national key projects or major scientific and technological projects

  • High-tech enterprises, encouraged foreign-invested enterprises, foreign-invested advanced technology enterprises or foreign-invested product export enterprises

  • Enterprises and institutions like national laboratories, national key laboratories, national engineering laboratories, national engineering research centers, national accredited enterprise technology centers, national engineering technology research centers, or foreign-funded R&D centers

4- Foreign Investors and their spouse and unmarried children under 18 years old


Foreigners who meet one of the following conditions and have good tax records can apply for permanent residence in China:

  • Investors who invest in China and have actually submitted a registered capital of more than 2 million U.S. dollars (shall not be lower than this standard for 3 consecutive years);

  • Investors who invest in Central China and have actually submitted a registered capital of more than 1 million U.S. dollars (shall not be lower than this standard for 3 consecutive years);

  • Investors who invest in China's western regions and key national poverty alleviation and development counties, and have actually submitted a registered capital of more than 500,000 U.S. dollars (shall not be lower than this standard for 3 consecutive years);

  • Investors who invest in “Foreign Investment Industry Guidance Project” encouraged by the State, and have actually submitted a registered capital of more than 500,000 U.S. dollars (shall not be lower than this standard for 3 consecutive years);

  • Investors who submit direct investment in Shanghai consistently as an individual or through the company as a controlling shareholder with individual status for three consecutive years, and whose total amount of investment reaches more than 1 million U.S. dollars (or 500,000 U.S. dollars for the “Foreign Investment Guideline Project” encouraged by the State.

5- Parent-Children Reunion:


Children who are under the age of 18 years old, unmarried, and verified to have foreign nationality can apply for a Permanent Residence in China if one or both parent(s)is/are a Chinese citizen(s) (having registered Chinese permanent citizenship) or foreigner(s)who is/are eligible for permanent residence in China.


6- Kinship Support:


Those who are over 60 years old can apply for a permanent residence in China, if they have no direct relatives abroad and need to live with direct relatives in mainland China, and stay in mainland China for no less than 9 months out of every year, and have stable life security and accommodations.


7- Working Staff and their foreign spouse and their unmarried children under 18 years old:


Those who have worked in Shanghai continuously for 4 years with an annual salary income (before tax) exceeding RMB600,000, and have paid annual individual income tax exceeding RMB120,000, and stay in mainland China for no less than 6 months every year in this 4 years can apply for permanent residence in China with the present employer's recommendation.


8- Overseas Chinese with Ph. Degrees and their foreign spouse and unmarried children under 18 years old:


Those overseas Chinese who have Ph. degrees and currently work in Shanghai can apply for permanent residence in China.


9- Overseas Chinese Working in "Double Zones", "Double Innovation" Areas, and their foreign spouse and unmarried children under 18 years old:


Those overseas Chinese who work in Shanghai Zhangjiang National Innovation Demonstration Zone or China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (hereinafter called "Double Zones"), or in demonstration base of "mass entrepreneurship and innovation" (hereinafter called "Double Innovation") area for at least 4 consecutive years, and have good tax records, and who live in mainland China for no less than 6 months each year can apply for permanent residence.


10- Foreign High-level Talents and their foreign spouse and unmarried children under 18 years old:


Foreign high-level experts (talents) who are accredited by a competent national or municipal administration, or employed by science and technology innovation companies designated by a competent department of Shanghai as professionals with expertise can apply for permanent residence in China with the present employer's recommendation if they have acquired an employment-typed residence permit noted with "Talents" and have worked in Shanghai for over 3 years.


11- Excellent Foreign Graduates and their foreign spouses and unmarried children under 18 years of old:


Foreign graduates from key domestic universities (on the List of World-Class Universities and First-Class Disciplines ("Double First-Class" initiative) released by the Ministry of Education) or well-known overseas universities [top 300 universities on Shanghai Ranking's Academic Ranking of World Universities (originally compiled and issued by Shanghai Jiao Tong University)] who were engaged in innovative entrepreneurship in Shanghai with a residence permit for private affairs (marked "entrepreneurship") within 2 years after graduation, became employed by eligible Shanghai organizations ---- [① organizations in "Double Zones" or "Double Innovation" Areas; or ② organizations on the list of Shanghai scientific & technological innovative occupations formulated by the Shanghai scientific and technological innovation authorities; or ③ universities or scientific research institutes in Shanghai] ----- during those 2 years and worked there for three consecutive years, and have good records of work performance, tax payment, and social credit may apply for permanent residence in China upon recommendation of their organizations.



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