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Notice to Foreign Spouses, Parents and Children under the age of 18 Visiting Relatives in China
2013-03-26

Those Chinese citizens and foreign spouses, parents and children under the age of 18 coming to China to visit their relatives who hold Foreigner’s Permanent Residence Permits in China should enter China with L-visa. L-visa holders must stay in China within the valid staying period specified on their visas. Those who wish to extend their stay in Nanjing should apply for another visa from the Exit and Entry Administration Division of Public Security Bureau.

Ⅰ. Applying for visa

Foreign spouses are required to provide marriage certificates. Foreign parents should provide kinship certificates. Foreign children must provide birth certificates and kinship certificates. Those who are visiting overseas Chinese or residents of Hong Kong, Macaw or Taiwan should provide documents that verify that the relevant persons to be viwwwd can stay legally in Nanjing for over six months.

Note:  Documents issued to applicants previously by institutions abroad must be authenticated by Chinese embassies or consulates abroad.

Applicants can apply for zero-entry, single-entry, double-entry, or multi-entry L-visas that are valid for six months or valid for one year from the Exit and Entry Administration Division of Public Security Bureau. They can apply as many times as they prefer.

In addition to the above-mentioned required documents, applicants should also provide the following documents:

1. Applicant’s original and valid passport and L-visa, as well as copies of the applicant’s passport and L-visa;

2. Temporary Residence Registration Certificate;

3. Properly-completed Foreigner’s Visa and Residence Permit Application Form with a photograph affixed to the form. The photograph should be:

  two inches in size

  taken recently, showing current appearance

  show full face and front view with a plain white or off-white background

  taken in normal street attire (do not wear a hat or headgear that obscures the hair or hairline);

4. If you are visiting residents in Chinese inland regions, you should provide your relatives’ local permanent household registration documents or documents of your relatives’ actual residential places in Nanjing, and your  relatives’ resident ID cards;

5. If you are visiting overseas Chinese, you should provide your relatives’ Chinese passports and documents of their permanent resident status abroad;

6. If you are visiting residents from Hong Kong and Macaw, you should provide your relatives’ Passes for Hong Kong and Macaw Residents Traveling to and from Inland Regions of Hong Kong or Macaw;

7. If you are visiting residents from Taiwan, you should provide your  relatives’ Passes for Taiwan Residents Traveling between Mainland and Region of Taiwan or the Travel Documents of the People’s Republic of China;

8. If you are visiting foreigners who have Foreigner’s Permanent Resident Permits in China, you should provide your relatives’ Foreigner’s Permanent Resident Permits.

Ⅱ. Re-applying for Visa

In addition to the above-mentioned required documents, foreigners holding new passport and re-applying for L-visas should also provide the following documents:

1. If you hold a new passport because your previous passport was lost, stolen, or damaged, you should provide certificates of passports loss report issued by the departments in charge of administration of exit and entry under the public security bureaus or provide certificates issued by relevant foreign embassies or consulates in China;

2. If you hold a new passport because your previous passport was expired or your visa pages had run out, you should provide the previous passport that you used when you entered China;

3. For foreign infants born in China and holding separate passports, their parents must provide original birth certificates of the infants and copies of the parents’ passports.

Ⅲ. PROVISIONS

1.Applicants must pay application fee in accordance with the relevant regulations of competent organs of Chinese government.
2.Foreigners holding L-visa are forbidden to work in China. The public security organs will impose punishment in accordance with law on those foreigners or responsible persons who unlawfully reside or stay in China or break law in China. 
3.Applicants’ valid staying period and the total entry times should be based on the result of approval by the departments in charge of administration of exit and entry under public security organs.
4.The departments in charge of administration of exit and entry under public security organs have the right to refuse to issue visas and documents to foreigners in accordance with law, and to revoke the issued visas and documents or declare null and void.

5.The normal processing time, including accepting application, examination, approval, and issue of visas, is five business days.

Nanjing Exit-and-Entry Administration Division 
of Public Security Bureau

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