2021-02-21 12:02


Who Can Apply for Stay Visas and How?

Stay permits(known as stay visa) are mainly for foreigners whose reason for residence has been terminated and who need to stay in China longer for humanitarian reasons or other necessary reasons.

For example, those stranded in China due to flight cancellations during the epidemic.

Who can apply

1. Visa-exempt foreigners who need to stay in China longer than the visa exemption period due to reasons other than diplomatic or official ones;

2. Foreign seamen and their accompanying family members who need to leave the cities where their ships are mooring;

3. Those who have been approved to renounce their Chinese nationality and need to stay in China;

4. Foreigners whose reason for residence has been terminated and who need to stay in China longer for humanitarian reasons;

For example:

Cause of physical conditions; cause of epidemic; people who need time to prepare to leave China after their residence permits are canceled.

5. Foreign infants born in China who need to stay in the country;

6. Other circumstances necessitating a stay permit for foreigners.

For example:

In the process of applying for a work visa or registering a company in China

If you need to know whether you fit the standards for getting stay visa, please contact VisaOfChina team 

Documents required

1. The applicant's original, valid passport and visa;

2. A completed Visa and Residence Permit Application Form for Foreigners.

3. Supporting documents consistent with the reason for application:

Foreigners whose reason for residence has been terminated shall submit proof of such termination. For example, a release letter or graduation certificate.

Relevant documents proving other reasons for the stay, such as:()

  • Materials proving your work visa is being processed;

  • Proof of business registration in process. (eg: Enterprise registration verification form ).

  • Government-provided documents; Screenshots of online applications or other proof.


Exit-entry administrations of public security organs may, as they deem necessary, require applicants to attend an interview or submit additional supporting documents.

Applications that fail to provide the requisite information within the required time will be rejected.

Processing time

Within 5 business days for applications with complete documents required.

Source: Exit-Entry Administration of the Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau

Page of a stay permit that VOC team obtained for our client.

VisaOfChina team has helped a lot of clients to get stay visas in China, if you need to know whether you fit the standards or need any assistance with the process. please contact us.

If you have any questions about China visa applications(work visa, PU letter, company registration and more), please contact our visa consultant Ainne (WeChat ID: AnyHelper-ss).

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