Change in residence permit application procedure for foreigners

As of October 1st, the Shanghai Entry & Exit administration bureau requires checking the following original company documents of foreigners applying for a residence permit:
– Company business license
– Organization code certificate
– Approval certificate (Branch company does not have this certificate)

Showing the original company documents was always a requirement listed on the official government website. However, copies of the company documents were sufficient for the application in practice. The chief officer has become stricter with the document requirements now, in order to act in accordance with the information on the official government website.

Due to the importance and confidentiality of those company documents, our local partner will make sure to co-ordinate with local HR on preparing those documents in advance in order not to delay the immigration process. As some HRs may prefer to go with us for the application personally, kindly note that we need to take their availability into consideration when arranging the assignee’s immigration schedule.