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Q: How to register with the police?

I will be returning to Wuhan on the 1st of September but will not be able to move into my university apartment till the 3rd. I know I have to register with the police within 24 hours of arrival. i plan on staying with some friends for the first two nights....what should i do?

8 years 47 weeks ago in  Visa & Legalities - China

 
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I am sorry you have to be subjected to Wuhan.  That is where I live currently and I think it is the worst place I have ever lived in China.

 

The police in Wuhan are very lax about registering, so if you are going to be staying a couple of days at friends before going to the university, then I really wouldn't worry about it. It isn't worth the hassle.  In 6 years of living in China, I have only had my residency papers checked once.

 

But... to be legal, you should go to the police station that operates your local neighborhood.  It should be the police station closest to you, but it may not be, depending on how they have their borders arranged.

 

You just enter the police station (bring someone who can speak Chinese if you can't) and tell them you want to register your stay.  They will need photos and the apartment ownership papers (you will need to have the apartment owner with you).  They will also need copies of your passport and visa as well as your work permit (if you have one).

 

What they actually need varies from place to place, but as I said, the chances of getting caught are really small.  And if you do get caught, claim ignorance and they will most likely do nothing other than tell you that you need to get it done.

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Stay in hotel, 350 rmb for free shower, AC, and police taken care off, what is wrong with that.?

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You could claim ignorance if you don't register and get caught. Except for places like this, I've never seen any info on registering. I registered at the PSB, you should do that. I tried registering at local police stations and they just sent me to another station, until I ended up at the PSB again. The PSB told me that was all I had to do. I've been in China three times and never had a resident permit. The PSB said all I had to do was register with them, so I never had any papers or permits other than a visa in my passport.

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I have been in China (either on visits or living) since 1997, and have always applied for the "Registration Form of Temporary Residence for Visitors".  In all those years, I was asked to show it only once, on a visit to PSB.  Yet, I do keep it current.

 

What you need will depend on the clerk at the Police Station.  for me, from showing my passport and filling a form requesting the document, to two photos, copy of passport and visa pages, copy of rental contract, certificate of ownership of apartment, plus copy of id from landlady, and a bunch of other crap {(like only one page of passport per copy of it).

 

It is up to you, I would not worry much for two days, But I would get it done for a more permanent address.  Just make sure that when you are done, you have in your hands a piece of paper that on top it says "Registration Form of Temporary Residence for Visitors".   If you do not get that, you are not in compliance with the law.

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Hope you go sorted in Wuhan. Xpat.John is so right. Wuhan is so laxed [well lazy] to be precise,  and not the best city in China to reside. I live on Jing Han Lu, Han Kou. Personally I had to visit the local office on 4 different occasions before they took any notice. They were just too lazy to do the administration,  just kept advising me to come back the next day.  Hope you had a better experience with your local station.

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 Relax: It is not that big of a deal. I don't usually register for a week or more and they never say anything to me

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Like others said... relax, youll be fine. Just go to the police station as soon as you can, they aren't going to care though about it being a few days late.  Once I was over a month late at informing the police station of my arrival/new address and they didn't say anything about.  LIke others, I've also never had to show my residence papers to anyone.

 

Youll be fine.

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If your new employer is processing your new resident permit, your new employer will require a copy of the little white piece of paper that shows your local registration information.  More-than-likely, however, your new employer can and will cause this local registration to issue on your behalf, without requiring you to make a trip to the local police  station.  In some provinces, however, the trip to the local police station is mandatory as they will photograph you.  Again, it varies by locale.

 

Otherwise, if it is causing  you anxiety, and if you have the extra cash, as others have said, just go stay in a local hotel for one night.

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