- Starting from June, 2010, foreigners who have close relatives
in China will be able to apply for residence permits that are
valid for up to two years with multiple entries. Before they
can only apply for up to 1 year visiting-relative L visas.
The new rule stipulates
that if foreigners need to stay in China for more than six
months, they can apply for residence permits that are valid
for one or two years if they fall under the following five
* Foreign spouses, parents, and children under 18 of Chinese
citizens or foreigners who have permanent residence status
* Foreigners older than 60, and their spouses, who do not
have immediate family abroad and come to China to live with
their immediate family. The immediate family members in China
can be Chinese citizens or foreigners who have permanent residence
status in China.
*Overseas Chinese aged above 60 who have bought houses in
China, and their foreign spouses and children aged below 18.
*Overseas Chinese older than 18 who come to China to take
care of their Chinese parents, who have reached 60 and do
not have any children in China.
*Foreign children under 18 being taken care of in China and
whose parents are overseas Chinese or Chinese citizens who
hold permanent residence permits in other countries.
Under the new rule,
the validity of the residence permit can also be extended
when it expires.
In real practice,
only those who are older than 60 years old or younger than
18 years old can apply for 2-year residence permits.