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Q: Residence Permit (Marriage), is a visa required?

I'm married to a Chinese resident and in two weeks I'll be going to the PSB to get my two year residence permit. It will cost me 800 rmb. I've done the medical test and everything else.  My wife and I went there earlier to register and had to deal with everything that was needed. They eventually told us that we had to wait due to her residence card not showing that she's lived here for six months. Now I'm at the end of my current visa and and her card says that she's been here for six months , I'm about to register for this permit. After this thing goes through, I don't see why it wouldn't, will I be required to also pay for another visa or will the permit be enough since I'm married?

5 years 10 weeks ago in  Visa & Legalities - Zhuhai

 
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I am a non-attorney spokes-person, but didn't you ask at the PSB? I'm leaning to you need a visa.blush

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When you say you are married to a Chinese resident, do you mean a foreigner living here on a Z or D visa?

 

It makes a difference to the type of visa your resident permit is attached to.

 

A Q visa if you are married to a Chinese National, an S visa if you a visiting a foreigner. Yes I know you don't actually get a visa in your passport if you apply for the RP here, but the visa type is on the RP.

 

No matter what type you apply for, if you are applying for it in China you need to have a current visa in your passport. If you don't have a current visa you are in the country illegally and can be deported.

 

When you get your resident permit it supersedes your visa. You can come and go as you please for the validity period of your RP. Your RP will be your visa.  But remember, you are not allowed to work. If you want to take a job you need a Z visa.

 

If your current visa is going to expire before you get to the PSB you need to leave China and get another one. Or ask the PSB if they can extend it if your on a tourist visa.

 

If your visa is going to expire the day after you go to the PSB you need to talk to them now to ask what you have to do. They are a helpful bunch I found.

 

Whatever you do, don't overstay your current visa. You may not be allowed back in, depending on the mood of the border guards. If they are in a really bad mood they might not let you out !!!!!

 

Good luck and have fun wink

 

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Wow that was very helpful thank you. I'm currently in China on a L visa and it expires at the end of this month. My Chinese national wife and I will be going on the 15th to get the RP. So, I'm assuming you actually know what you're talking about and with that sounds like I don't need a new visa. We've got all the paperwork in order and just need to go there and hand them it and the money.

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two ways:

1 if you are foreigners working in China, you have to apply for the work permit and resident permit. if your spouse or kids wanna live here, need to apply for family visa. 

 

2 if your spouse is Chinese, as foreigner, you need to apply for S visa which will allow you to stay and live in China but you can not work in China. 

 

Chinese doesn't need work permit to work in China.

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