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Q: How to apply for a permanent residency in China?

A: Current requirements for permanent residency mean that very few foreigners nationwide have been issued green cards. Requirements include “making extraordinary contributions to China,” being a manager at a large-scale company and being married to a Chinese passport holder for over five years.

Foreigners living in Shenzhen are encouraged to follow the instructions for visa applications on the English page of the exit-entry administration’s website at