FAQ | The Current Situation in PU&PR Application? Updated

FAQ | The Current Situation in PU&PR Application? Updated

As a leading brand in the industry, we normally handle over 1000 inquires about China visas every week.

We have decided to make a Monthly Updated Column from Oct.2021, it specialized in analyzing those frequently asked questions that bothered you in your visa application.

This article summarizes the inquiries we received in November.

Please click HERE to review our article in October.

1.Can I apply for PU letter for my family members

From foreginers who work in China



However, it has strict requirements.

  1. PU letter for family dependents (spouse and underage children) is now only available in some regions in Shanghai.

    * They must have been inoculated with WHO-approved vaccines. Children under the age of 18 do not need to get vaccinated.

  2. Applicants need to be in executive positions in their company, which paid a tax of over 1,000,000 annually.

  3. Besides, the company needs to prepare some materials for the applicants and their family dependents.

*The requirements in PU application are the same for those who are outside China and will bring family members.* 

If you meet these above requirements and need help, please contact the VisaOfChina team!

2. I married with a Chinese, and lived over 5 years in a city different from where the Hukou location is, can I get a PR card with a marriage licence?

A client from South Africa whose spouse ha

s Hukou in Shenzhen but lives in Shanghai for many years.


It's hard to give out a clear answer based on our experience.

If a foreigner wants to apply for permanent residence with their marriage license, they must meet all these requirements below: 

  • Their spouse is a Chinese citizen living in China or a foreigner who already holds permanent residence.

  • They have co-lived for 5 consecutive years in China after their marriage (more than 9 months per year).

  • They must have stable revenue and residence

The policy does not indicate that you must live in a certain city or a fixed Hukou location for 5 years. 

  • However, when we assisted clients in applying for permanent residence in Shanghai recently, we found that if they have not lived in the place where the Chinese spouses Hukou for 5 years, they cannot apply for permanent residence there. 

  • Similarly, if a foreigner and his Chinese spouse have lived in a city other than the registered permanent residence for 5 years, it is difficult to apply for permanent residence in that city.

The same goes for the application for Q (residence permits for reunions).

  • The place you apply for your residence permit should be the same as where your Chinese spouse's Hukou has been registered (if you have a local residency, you can apply there too).

If you need assistance in PR application, please contact the VisaOfChina team!


When applying for permanent residence or other kinds of residence permit, a marriage license is required. 

If the license is issued abroad, it will need to be recognized by the Chinese embassy(consulate) and it shall be valid within 6 months after the authorization. 

Source: https://gaj.sh.gov.cn/crj/zwgk. 

Exit and Entry Administration Law of the PRC.

Service system for foreigners working in China.

State Taxation Administration of the People's Republic of China.

Ministry of Finance of the People's Republic of China.


*Remind: This is a monthly updated column, and we will expect you in November! *

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