Visa and Residence Permits

 

 

Visas and residence permits are important documents for the legal residence of international students in China. They determine whether a student can study at ease during their time at the school, as well as easily finish their studies. Visas and residence permits are, however, relatively complex matters, and different situations require different complicated procedures to handle them. Students should therefore read and understand the following material in detail, and may consult the International Students’ Services Office of Institute for International Students on any aspect which remains unclear. This ensures that for the time of your study, your visa and residence permit will not become a problem.

 

Students who are under an X1 visa and will stay at Nanjing for more than half a year need to apply for a residence permit which allows you to have the multiple entry. These students must go to Nanjing Public Security Bureau to apply for a residence permit within 30 days, after entering China.  

  

These students should bring the following materials to the Entrance and Exit Affairs office of the Nanjing Public Security Bureau to handle the residence permit application procedures:

1)  “Certificate of Health” issued by the Nanjing Public Health and Quarantine Bureau.

2)  “Application for Visa and Residence Permits” issued by the school.

3)  “Application Form for International Students Entrance Visa” (JW201 or JW202).

4)   A valid passport with an X type visa and its copy

5)  “Temporary Residence Registration Form” offered by the local police substation

6)   Two passport-sized photos

 

Students under an X2 visa must register at the nearest local police station with your passport within 24 hours after moving in your room. 

 

If X2 holders would like to apply for the multiple entry, please do the same procedures as X1 holders.

 

The address of Entrance and Exit Affairs office of Nanjing Public Security Bureau: No. 173, Bai-Xia Road

Consultation Number: 86-25-84420005 

Visa Information Number: 86-25-84420014/84420024

 

Notice: 

1. If your living address has changed during your study in NJU, please go to the Nanjing Public Security Bureau (for X1 holders) or the nearest local police station (for X2 holders) again, within 10 days, to update your information and residence permit. 

2. If you have any question concerning your visa, you can go to Room 518, Zeng Xianzi Building (Gulou) for help. Tel: 86-25-83592473.

 
 
Notices of Applying for Residence Permits
 
1. Proof and Record of Physical Examination
 
New students coming from abroad need to go to Jiangsu International Travel Health Care Center to hand in proof of a physical examination for verification. A “Health Certificate” will be issued to those who pass the verification.
 
If a student's documents do not meet requirements, they must undergo another health inspection, and will receive their “Health Certificate” after passing the examination.
 
Residence permits for a stay shorter than 12 months do not require a health inspection, while residence permits for 12 months or longer do; however, physical examinations are always necessary for processing a second residence permit.
 
2. Residence Permit Validity
 
The duration of a residence permit's validity is usually the same length as the period for which students are allowed to study in NJU, and cannot exceed the duration of one's passport's validity.
 
3. Updating Residence Permits
 
A. Who needs to do it?
Students who change their place of residence, passport number (by receiving a new passport), or their work unit (i.e., the university they attend), etc.
 
B. When should I do it?
Within 10 days of any change to your place of residence, passport number (by receiving a new passport), or their work unit (i.e., the university they attend), etc.
 
C. How do I do it?
Students should personally bring their student ID, a valid passport and one passport photo to the International Students’ Service Office and fill out an “Application for Visa and Residence Permit”.
Bring a valid passport and “Application for Visa and Residence Permit,” with an official stamp from the Institute for International Students and an attached personal photo, to the Exit Affairs Office of Nanjing Public Security Bureau to conduct procedures necessary for updating your residence permit.
 
D. What if I don't do it?
If you change programs and haven't already taken care of updating the program listed on your residence permit, you will be punished in accordance with relevant provisions of the “Law of the People's Republic of China on Control of the Entry and Exit of Aliens”.
 
4. Extending Residence Permits

A. Who needs to do it?
Those who will continue to study in China beyond their residence permit's expiration date will need to apply for an extension.
 
B. When should I do it?
Applications for residence permit extensions should be made at least one month before the permit's expiration.
 
C. How do I do it?
Students should personally bring their student ID, a valid passport and one passport photo to the International Students’ Service Office and fill out an “Application for Visa and Residence Permit”.
Bring a valid passport and “Application for Visa and Residence Permit,” with an official stamp from the Institute for International Students and an attached personal photo, to the Exit Affairs Office of Nanjing Public Security Bureau to conduct procedures necessary for updating your residence permit.
If you didn't turn in your “Health Certificate” the first time you applied for a residence permit, then you are required to turn it in when you apply for an extension.
 
D. What if I don't do it?
If your residence permit expires and you haven't already taken care of applying for an extension, but continue to remain in China, then you become an illegal resident and will be subject to fines, as stipulated in relevant provisions of the “Law of the People's Republic of China on Control of the Entry and Exit of Aliens”, and, in the most serious circumstances, be detained or deported.
 
 
Leaving the Country after Finishing Studies
When leaving mainland China after finishing their studies, international students must leave before the expiration of their visa or residence permit. If due to accident a student is unable to leave within the stipulated time, they must submit an application, and after approval must extend their visa or residence permit. 
 
Students who want to suspend their schooling must go to the Institute’s International Students’ Service Office to reduce their residence permit.  
 
Respecting Chinese Law and Associated Regulations
The legal rights of international students studying in China receive protection under Chinese law. Students must also respect the laws of China and the regulations of their school.