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Visa & Residence Permits

Visa and Residence Permit are one of the most important documents that enable you legal status to reside in China and pursue your studies. The Visa and Residence Permit application procedures can be complicated. Hence, do pay close attention to this component of the handbook. If you have further inquiries of or problems regarding Visa and Residence Permit, do not hesitate to contact the staffs at the Division for International Students' Office

 

1. Visa

 

1.1 Student Visa and Visiting Visa

International Students who will be studying in China for more than 6 months are required to obtain a Student Visa, also termed as 'X' Visa.

(Important: The Student Visa/'X' Visa will only be valid for 30 days after your arrival. You must apply for a Residence Permit within these 30 days in order to obtain a legal status in China)

Students who will be staying and studying in China for less than 6 months are required to apply for a Visiting Visa, also termed as 'F' Visa. Visiting Visa/'F' Visa holders are not required to apply for a Residence Permit.

If a student enters the country with a different visa, he/she must promptly apply for a Student Visa/ 'X' Visa or a Visiting Visa/ 'F' Visa.

 

1.2 Changing Your Visa

A. Who should apply?

Students who will be residing and studying in China for more than 6 and do not have a Students Visa/ 'X' Visa.

B. When to apply?

Within the first ten days of your arrival

C. How to apply?

Students must submit the following documents to the Division of International Students Office:

(i) Student ID card

(ii) Valid passport

(iii) Original copy of the university's admission notification

(iv) Visa Application form for foreign students studying in China (also known as JW202/JW201 form)

(v) Valid proof of the students' living or housing arrangements/ Accommodation Certificate from the local police station (not required for the students living on campus)

(vi) 1 passport size photo

Students must collect the 'Visa and Residence Permit Form' from the Division for International Students Office.

Students must submit all of the above documents together with the 'Visa and Residence Permit Form' to the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau to change their Visa (Refer to Appendix 1.2 for the address and office hours of the Bureau).

D. What will happen if I do not change my Visa?

Without a valid visa, you do not have the legal status to remain in China as a student and you will face persecution charges by the Chinese Law.

 

2. Residence Permit

2.1 Residence Permit Application

A. Who should apply?

Student Visa/ 'X' Visa holders who will be studying in China for more than 6 months must apply for a "Residence Permit".

B. When to apply?

Within the first 30 days of your arrival.

C. How to apply?

International Students must submit the following documents to the Division of International Students' Office:

(i)Student ID card

(ii) Valid passport and a Student Visa/ 'X' Visa

(iii) Health Certificate certified by the Beijing Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau.

(iv) Visa Application form for foreign students studying in China (JW201/JW202 Form)

(v) Peking University Admission Notification

(vi) 1 passport size photo

(vii) Valid proof of the students' living or housing arrangements/Accommodation Certificate from the local police station

Students are required to collect the 'Visa and Residence Permit Form' from the Division of International Students' Office.

Students must submit all the above documents as well as the 'Visa and Residence Permit Form' to the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau to obtain their Residence Permit (Refer to Appendix 1.2 for the address and office hours of the Bureau).

2.1.1 Health Certificate

All students must obtain a Health Certificate that is issued by the Beijing Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau.

New students who have their Health Certificate issued by another body must have it verified by the Beijing Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau.

- Students whose Health Certificate receives verification from the Bureau will be issued with the Bureau's Health Certificate.

- Students with Health Certificates that does not receive approval or verification from the Bureau will have to complete a medical examination offered by the Bureau in order to obtain its Health Certificate. (Refer to Appendix 1.3 for the address and office hours of the Bureau)

 

2.2 Residence Permit Expiration Date

The duration of your Residence Permit is generally as long as your designated duration of study. The validity of your Residence Permit must not exceed the expiration date of your passport.

 

2.3 Replacement of Residence Permit

If you should renew or obtain a new passport (due to unforeseen reasons), you must apply for a new Residence Permit within the first 10 days after you have obtained your new passport

To apply for a new Residence Permit, please follow the procedures indicated below:

Submit the following documents to the Division of International Students' Office:

(i) Student ID Card

(ii) A replaced/new and valid passport

(iii) Valid proof of the students' living or housing arrangements/Accommodation Certificate from the local police station (not required for students living on campus)

(iv) 1 passport size photo

Collect the 'Visa and Residence Permit Form' from the Division of International Students' Office.

Submit all the above documents together with the 'Visa and Residence Permit Form' to the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau to obtain your new permit (Refer to Appendix 1.2 for the address and office hours of the Bureau).

 

What will happen if I do not replace my Residence Permit?

If you fail to replace or obtain a new Residence Permit and you continue to remain in China, you will be considered as an illegal resident in the eyes of the Chinese Law and you will be persecuted accordingly.

 

2.4 Changing Your Residence Permit

A. Who should apply?

Students who have made changes to their address, passport number (if you obtain a new passport) and current school of study while they are in China.

B. When to apply?

Whenever there are changes made to your address, passport number and current school of study.

C. How to apply?

Students are to submit the following documents to the Division of International Students' Office:

(i) Student ID Card

(ii) Valid Passport

(iii) Current Residence Permit

(iv) Valid proof of the students' living or housing arrangements/Accommodation Certificate from the local police station (not required for students living on campus)

(v) 1 passport size photo

Students will also have to collect the 'Visa and Residence Permit Form' from the Division of International Students' Office.

Students must submit all the above documents together with the 'Visa and Residence Permit Form' to the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau to change their permit (Refer to Appendix 1.2 for the address and office hours of the Bureau).

D. What will happen if I do not change my permit?

If you do not change/update your permit, you will face persecution charges by the Chinese Law.

 

3. Leaving the Country after Completing Your Studies

International Students who have completed their studies are required to leave Mainland China before the expiration date of their Visa and Residence Permit. If you plan to remain in the country after the expiration date of your Visa and Residence Permit, you must apply for a Visa/Residence Permit extension.

 

4. Chinese Laws and Regulations

The legal rights of International Students will be upheld and protected by the Chinese Law. At the same time, International students are required to obey all the Chinese Laws as well as the university's rules and regulations. For instance: The People's Republic of China's Rules for the Entry and Exit of Foreigners, The Beijing Traffic Laws, Regulations for Institutions of Higher Learning, The P.K.U. Handbook for Undergraduate Students, The P.K.U. Handbook for Graduate Students, the P.K.U. Handbook for International Students and more.