new online visa and permit application service for foreigners in Beijing
is set to be launched on Tuesday by the city’s Public Security Bureau.
It will simplify procedures for obtaining documents and shorten approval
Foreigners will be allowed to apply for a visa, a stay permit or a
residence permit through the public service section of the website,
according to a statement on Sunday by the bureau’s Entry and Exit
After filling out an online application form and making a reservation,
applicants are directed to a designated window at the department,
located at No 2 Andingmen Dongdajie, to hand in their materials.
Lin Song, a department official, said foreigners who intend to live in
Beijing must register their dwelling places at a local police station
before they apply.
"When they go to the window to hand in papers, they must bring with
them the printouts of their online application forms with the barcodes,"
Another new policy issued on Sunday is designed to help foreigners
stay in Beijing without a visa obtained in advance.
Foreigners normally are required to obtain a visa before they arrive
in China. They are now allowed to apply on the website and get a visa
upon arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport if they had to
rush to China for an emergency matter.
Lin said those who arrive in Beijing at the invitation of a Chinese
host for an emergency issue, can apply online and hand in paperwork at
offices authorized by the Entry and Exit Department at Terminal 2 and
Terminal 3 at the airport, where they can get an M or F visa.
The Public Security Bureau has also created policies to assist
foreigners’ visits to Beijing. They took effect at the beginning of this
For example, a policy was created that allows a foreign family member
of a Chinese citizen to stay in Beijing for two years, extending the
previous policy by one year. The two-year permits are renewable.
A family member of a Chinese citizen－including a spouse, spouse’s
parent, spouse’s child, or spouses of children－is now allowed to live in
Beijing for two years. Formerly, their permit required renewal annually.