Ethnic Chinese can now apply for 5-year visas to live in China

Jan 31, 2018

Are you an ethnic Chinese? Do you aspire to live in China?

Here’s some good news for you.

Starting from Feb. 2, 2018, foreigners of Chinese origin will be allowed to apply for visas that permit them to stay in China for five years or enter the country multiple times, provided they meet the criteria.

According to the Ministry of Public Security, the changes are expected to attract more overseas ethnic Chinese to do business or live in China.

China’s official definition says that a foreigner of Chinese origin refers to a former Chinese citizen who has obtained foreign citizenship or the children of present or former Chinese citizens.

No limit on the number of generations was specified.

Then, you need to produce the relevant documents that prove your Chinese origin.

These include copies of your relatives’ Chinese passports or identity cards if you don’t have them yourself.

The official documents can be issued either by the Chinese government or the authorities in the country where you’re applying.

According to the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office in Shanghai, certificates from overseas governments will also be accepted after these are assessed by the Chinese embassy or consulate in the applicant’s country of origin.


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