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Q: how to convert student visa to a family visa?

Hi guys.

 

Hope everyone is fine and doing great. i need you kind guidance if someone had an experience or knowledge of a chinese family visa.

I'm Pakistani national. Me and my GF we studied in England for over five years then in 2011 she came back to china. last year i also came to china and got admission in a university to learn lil bit Chinese and Chinese culture. This year we got married and we got those red books (i don't know the name lol) from BAOTAO, marriage bureau office, but now i am thinking to switch my student visa to family visa. I been through a lot of website but most of them are confusing so i don't know to apply for Q1 or Q2. and for this i have to leave the country so i am thinking to go to MALAYSIA and get my visa from KL.

 

please, help me guys I'll be really thankful. cheers 

5 years 24 weeks ago in  Visa & Legalities - Hohhot

 
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From what I know you will probably have to leave mainland China if you want to change the visa type. By family visa I am assuming your wife is Chinese. I am sure you probably know this but just in case I will mention that this type of visa will not let you work. I know they seem to think you will stay at home and be a house husband. If you plan on working in China you will still need the z visa (work visa). Once you are married for 5 years and have been in China for at least 9 months each year you can apply for a permanent residence permit.

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Consult Pakistan's consulates in Chengdu, Shinghai or Beijing (Whichever fall nearer to you). Enroll your marriage there and ask for consultancy. They will be in a better position to guide you through all the process. If you tend to work here on a spouse, you are putting yourself and your wife in danger. 

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Guys thanks for your kind replies, well first, yeah my wife is Chinese. Another I beijjng Ka close to me so I will consult it at embassy of Pakistan. Another I know it's illegal if later on I work on that spouse visa but what else can be done. Actually why it's happening is just because of lack of knowledge. Me and my wife we are running our own training school. And we nearly established it two months ago but it's not registered nothing else. Is it possible to register this school on my wife's name and then get Z visa from there? Or someone else have another good option will be glad to hear.

 

thanks guys

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If you work online and your salary is coming from another country, then you're safe, I did this during my wifes pregnancy. 29,000 a month.

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For registering a school is there any requirement. I heard but m not sure about this statement (that school should be two years old) and also depending on the number of students studying there. At the moment I only have 43 students.

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Get your visa first. Forget about the school. 

 

As far as I am aware, you do not need to leave China to get a Q visa. You can do it all at your local PSB office. Just get the phone number from the interweb and ask your wife to phone them.  Don't worry about what it says on the PSB website, it is always out of date.

 

I think you can get a Q1 for 1 year first time, then a 2 year Q1 the second time if you do the medical. You need to do the medical to get a 2 year, I know that for sure. But other posters can correct me if I am wrong.

 

To complicate things though, your wife needs to be legal in the place where you are living. That is, she needs to have a residence card or, even better, a  Hukou for the city you reside in. If you don't, you need to go to her home town. This could be an issue if your wife in running an unlicensed school. Does she pay tax on her income?  If not, you have problems.   Every country want's their tax buck. No pay... no play.  

 

I have a friend doing a Q1 visa at the moment. I will report back . Hopefully by the end of this week. He is lucky in that he has a private income and does not need to work.

 

So far as the school goes..... don't !!  Leave it to your wife.  You are not allowed to work on a Q visa, and your wife's school needs to have a license to employ foreigners . 

 

Also, no need to register your marriage in Pakistan. You are married. 

 

If you are recently married, your wife will be having a baby soon. So you need to stay at home to look after baby while your wife goes to work. 

 

Last but not least.... to get the holy grail (no offense if your Muslim).... the D !!!!, you need to have five years of tax records.  And you can't get that on a Q.

 

Good luck and enjoywink..

 

But please remember, play fair and be honest. No Z = no work. Please don't try to abuse the system, because if you do we will all suffer for it when you are caught. 

 

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Dear scotalans.

 

Thanks for your kind and detailed reply. it's really informative.

 

My wife is legal at her place and she's a govt officer and paying tax regularly. To get the information regarding my visa my first step was to call the local PSB office. after my wife called a lady spoke to her that i have to exit the country. Apply the Q visa outside and then fly-in to china and get the residence permit from us...so what to do now. !!! do you have any link which states all this? if you do, please let me know........cheers

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And another thing mate, Jesus is important and holy for me as it is for you and for my other brothers and one another thing i wanna bring in notice (might be you know or not). A Muslim cannot be a Muslim until he/she believe on JESUS. AND Muslims callS JESUS as (EISSA ALLEH SALAM).

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We all are in same game but with different roles and characters. 

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yeah bro........ i knew it. this was just a conversational term, but i don't mind so no offense .......cheer up.....and yeah for sure get back ASAP m waiting for a good news.......!!!!

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Got an update from PSB. they said new rules are coming regarding Q1 and they will let me know on Monday.......when my wife called PSB the guy on the phone was very helpful, first he said i have to go back to Pakistan to get Q1, then my wife gave them the reference of the xian case (stated above in comment) so then he said he will get back to us on Monday.......let's see what happens.......!!!

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Feedback on the current situation as promised Samad laugh

 

 

My friend and his wife went to the PSB today to ask about the Q1 visa. 

 

My friend's wife has written down a translation of the information given.  I have pasted it below.

 

I want to write up an accurate step by step description of how to do it, so I can cut and paste for people asking the same question. I will update as my friends application progresses.

 

The good news?  Yeah, it's fairly easy and you don't need to leave China.

 

Here is the cut and paste.

 

from foreigner :1,passport ,last visa and last time come to china )orignal and copy) .2,1 photo  and the receipt.the paper for register your living place now .3,marry book .4.health certificate )if make the visa more than  6 months) go to a designated hospital from govermant   . form chinese :1.if local people need  the family book and ID card)orignal and notorised copy  ,not the local people need the residence permit of Guangdong provice and ID card)oringal and copy . fee standard RMB:1.Less than 1 year 400 yuan .2.1)including 1 year ) to 3 year 800 yuan.3.3 ) including 3 year ) to 5 year 1000 yuan .  

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Thanks Alans to be punctual and for bringing the great news.

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Thanks Alan's;to be punctual and for bringing the great news.
I also got the same information this evening from another nearest PSB Hohhot. It's really a great news now I don't need to leave china and can apply for visa while staying in. The information which I got and I want to share it here.

1-That if some one is having residence permit no matters he's on student or on working visa he can apply for family visa while staying in. The PSB finds out only about the residence permit.

They gave two forms and a page which contains list of supporting documents required. All of them are same which you stated nicely above in your comment.

Now I just need to roll the dice only......

2- Pakistani national exempt only from the visa fee (as of pakchina relations) but they are not examp from the residance permit fee they have to pay that.
In my case, I'm might be exampt from visa fee but I have to pay the fee for getting residence permit.

I'm really really thankful to all of you. Specially Alan's you and fidu. You guys are welcome to ordos anytime. If any plans for visiting north please let me know.
It'll be an honour for me to be your host.

And I will keep you guys updated with my case. Hope everything goes well and smooth.

Cheers

May ALLAH give you reward for helping people. God help those who help others.

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Hello everybody

 

hope everyone is doing great. Yesterday I applied for the residence permit, been through all of the processes e.g. Medical, hose registration, invitation letter, it was very easy and got it done. Tomorrow I will get me passport back with the residence permit validity  one year for the first time and they said next year we will give you 3 years permit.

Thanks guys for helping me out and giving my your kind informations.

 

 

Kind regards

abdul samad khan

 

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