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CHINA – Online Residence Permit Renewals in Shanghai

A new, optional online renewal procedure for residence permits has been introduced in Shanghai, effective 2 January 2014. The streamlined process is for residence permit holders whose details have not changed, and allows applicants to keep their original passports during processing.


Applicants qualifying for online renewal of residence permits will not have to surrender their original passport during the one-week processing period, as previously. This should make travel planning easier for residence permit holders.


Applicants must be resident permit holders in Shanghai whose passport number, job title, employer name or residential address have not changed since their current residence permit was issued.


After applying online, the applicant will receive a decision within one business day, along with an appointment date within approximately one week. On that date, the applicant must submit all required documentation to the Public Security Bureau (PSB) and, if all the documents are in order, will have their passport returned on the same day, with the renewed residence permit attached.

Action Items

  • Note the new online residence permit renewal process, the qualifying requirements and the benefits for residence permit holders planning to travel.
  • Note that the online process is optional and that it remains possible to apply for renewal in person.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Lehman, Lee & Xu

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