China D Visa (Residence Visa)

Written by Sally Guo Updated May. 31, 2023

China D Visa is issued to individuals who intend to settle down in China and become permanent residents.

After entering China with a D Visa, you are required to complete registration and apply for a Residence Permit from the local Public Security Bureau's exit and entry administration within 30 days.

Documents Required for a China Residence Visa (D Visa)

1. A Valid Passport

Original signed passport with at least six months validity and blank visa pages, and a copy of the passport's data page and the photo page if it is separate.

2. A Completed Visa Application Form

The China visa application form can be downloaded from the China embassy website of your country or our website. You need to complete it by computer, print and sign it. 

3. A Recent Passport-Style Photograph

You need to prepare a recently-taken color photo (bare-head, full face) against a light background of the size of 48mm×33mm.

4. Proof of Legal Entry or Residence Status (applicable to applicants who apply for visas outside their country of nationality)

If you are not applying for the China visa in the country of your citizenship, you need to provide proof of legal stay, residence, work, or study in your current location, as well as a copy of the document.

5. Original Chinese Passport or China Visa (applicable to former Chinese citizens who have acquired foreign nationality)

If you are applying for a China visa for the first time, you need to provide the original Chinese passport and a copy of the passport's personal information page.

If you have obtained a China visa before and are now applying with a new foreign passport, you need to provide a copy of the foreign passport's personal information page and the previously obtained China visa (if the name on the new passport is different from that on the original passport, you also need to provide an official document proving the name change).

6. Additional Supporting Documents for a D Visa

In addition to the general documents mentioned above, applicants for the D Visa are required to provide the original and photocopy of the Confirmation Form of Permanent Residence Status for Foreigners issued by the Ministry of Public Security of China.

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