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How to Get Permanent Residency of China

how pakistani students can get ctizenship of china

The Chinese Government is offering work permits and permanent residency of China to international students including Pakistani Students post-graduation which is a major attraction. For obvious reason, the international students travelling to China for education have ulterior purpose of gaining work experience from job market of China’s booming economy. Chinese Government has set target to invite 500,000 foreign students to China for education till 2021 and for that it has initiated simpler work permit process. We have thoroughly explained the process different work visas and permanent residency of China for your understanding in the guide below:


The Reformed Work Permits Process for Pakistani Students in China

The international students studying in China can extend his student visa 7 days before it expires. They can visit PSB (Public Security Bureau Entry and Exit Administration Office) and place an application of visa extension there. To avail work permit they must get an employment contract while their stay in China on student visa or they will have to return to their country and apply for work permit from there. Since 2017, the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) and the Human Resources and Social Security Bureau (HRSS) has reformed the old immigration criteria and introduced a new unified work permit system for foreign students and expats. Under this system, the international students can apply for Tier A, B and C level visas based on points system which is categorized by qualification, age, work experience, skills and annual salary of candidate.


The procedure of attaining work visa typically involves three major steps:

  1. Submitting application for employment license

  2. Submitting application at Chinese Embassy for work visa

  3. Obtaining Employment permit

Previously, the applicants of the work permit had to apply for issuance of employment license at the Human Resources and Social Security Bureau (HRSS) and for employment they had to apply at the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA). But now the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) is solely responsible for all of work permit license and permit issuance. In fact, SAFEA has efficiently quickened the work permit process and simplified its attainment.


Tier ‘A’, Tier ‘B’, and Tier ‘C’ Visas

The international students can attain either of the Tier visas based on points scoring system For Tier visa the applicant must score 85 points, for Tier B visa the applicants must score 60-85 points and for Tier C visa the applicant must score points below 60. The points scoring system is explained in the chart below:






Doctorate degree holder, highest possible vocational education degree having global recognition, having technical expertise or equivalent



Masters degree holder, technical expert or equivalent



Bachelors degree holder, highly qualified technical worker or equivalent


Salary earned on per annum basis

Under 50,000 CNY



50,000 – 70,000 CNY



70,000 – 150,000 CNY



150,000 – 250,000 CNY



250,000 – 350,000 CNY



350,000 – 450,000 CNY



450,000 CNY or more


Work Experience

Over 2 years of experience (add 1 point more if the experience is more than 2 years)

5 points for 2 years experience and 6 points for 3 years experience you can add 1+ for each years of experience, the maximum points are 20


2 years of experience



Under 2 Years


Work Experience Gained in China

Under three months



Three to six months



Six to nine months



Over 9 months


Location of Employment in China

Western region of China



In old industries of Northeast region of China



Areas of interest in impoverished counties



Between 18 to 25



Between 26 to 45



Between 46 to 55



Between 56 to 60



Over 60 years of age


Extra points based on professional expertise

The applicant has attained high qualification from a world recognized institution



The applicant has gained work experience from a Fortune 500 company



The applicant possess potent or



Intellectual property rights


The applicant has gained 5 years of work experience in China


Extra credit points for individuals who possess skills required by regional areas of employment

The applicant having skills and qualification which comes under skilled shortage category and required for the development of regional areas

0 to 10

Proficiency in Mandarin

The applicant who is former Chinese national



Has studied Bachelor’s level Degree Program taught in Chinese language



Has done HSK(Chinese Language Proficiency Test at Level 5 or above levels)



HSK Level 4



HSK Level 3



HSK Level 2



HSK Level 1



The applicant who does not speak any Mandarin




Tier ‘A’ Visa Eligibility

  • The applicant scores 85 points in above mentioned points system

Other than meeting points score the eligibility requirements of getting Tier ‘A’ Visa are as below:

  • If the applicant is employed by one of China’s regional plans (introduction of foreign talent)

  • If they meet the eligibility requirements of global talent according to internationally recognized standards of their field of work such as:

  • If the applicant have been awarded for showing excellent performance in their field of work

  • If the applicant have assumed leadership position at well reputed academic institutions or international organizations

  • If the applicant had made contribution in field of Science and Technology as chief editor or senior editor at one of the world’s well reputed journal

  • If the applicant had been working as assistant professor, professor, or at management position at internationally reputed academic institution

  • If the applicant had been working as a senior manager at Fortune 500 company

  • If the applicant had been working as a senior employee at one of the world’s reputed banks or financial institutions

  • Pulitzer awards holders

  • If the applicant had worked on senior level position at government organizations, NGO’s, or renowned international institutions

  • If the applicant is successful entrepreneur (earning over 10 million annually)

  • If the applicant is under 40 years of age and is doing post doctoral research and he/she has graduated from top ranking university of the world.

  • If the applicant earn 6 times more than the average local  salary per year


Tier ‘B’ Visa Eligibility

  • If the applicant scores 60 to 84 points in the above mentioned points table

Other than meeting points score the eligibility requirements of getting Tier ‘B’ Visa are as below:

  • If the applicant has a Bachelor’s degree or above level and has two years of work experience in the field of his study major

  • If the applicant is a skilled worker in the field which is urgently required in labor market of China

  • If the applicant can teach a foreign language (their native language)and hold a Bachelor’s level degree, has two years or above experience in teaching field, or any internationally recognized teaching language diploma

  • If the applicant earns four levels more than the average local salary per year


Tier ‘C’ Visa Eligibility

  • If the applicant scores under 60 points in the above mentioned points table

Other than meeting points score the eligibility requirements of getting Tier ‘C’ Visa are as below:

  • If the applicant holds work permit under the old points system but is not qualified for Tier ‘A’, and ‘B’ visa

  • If the applicant is doing short term work in China (under 90 days)

  • If the applicant is doing internship in China

  • If the applicant qualifies for quotas introduced by Chinese Government that encourage young talents.


How to Apply and Visa Validity

The candidate interested to work in China post graduation can apply for above mentioned TIER visas. The maximum validity duration of TIER visas is 5 years. But it is seldom granted at once, the candidate will be initially granted one year visa validity which he/she can extend for one more year till maximum 5 years.


Method of Application

The method of application for applying any TIER visa is through online platform of China (Management Service System) controlled by SAFEA. The applicant and the employer will the application and fulfill documents requirements. The application and documents requirements are almost cut to half and they are more simplified. The following documents will be required to apply for any type of TIER visas:

  • A completely filled visa application form for work permit

  • A verified employment contract (past employment)

  • Verified academic certificates, diplomas, degrees

  • A document proving the applicant has no criminal record

  • Medical examination certificate (proving the applicant is in good health and is not suffering from any medical disease which can be regarded as health threat to general public of China)

  • Offer Letter or Appointment Letter or Job Contract

  • A valid passport

  • Identity card

  • Information of any family member accompanying the applicant to China


Required Documents from Employer in China

  • Registration form

  • Business license

  • Organization code certificate

  • ID information of the employer

  • Document of Industry License


How Pakistani Students can Get Permanent residency of China

The permanent residency visa of China is called D type visa. It allows candidate less than 18 years of age to live for 5 years in China and an adult to live for 10 years. To get permanent residency of China you must meet following requirements:

  • If you are a spouse of citizen or permanent resident of China (you must be married for 5 years at least)

  • If you are child who has come to China to live with his/her parents

  • If you are an investor who has invest a large amount of money in China’s market in last 3 years and your business is earning stable amount

  • If you have been living in China under work permit for last 4 to 5 years and are a high profile employee

  • If you are a foreigner who has made a major contribution to China through your outstanding work

  • If you are over 60 years of age and have come to China to live with your reliant

  • The applicant of resident permit of China is restricted to live in China for at least 9 months per year

  • The visa application process of resident permit will cost you 1,800 CNY.


Documents Required for Pakistani Students to Apply for Resident Permit of China

  • Proof  that you have no criminal record

  • Health Certificate

  • A Valid Passport or ID

  • Two Passport Size Photographs

  • Employment Contract (prove that you can support your living expenses)

The resident permit holders of China are allowed to change jobs and invite their family members to China to stay with them. Their family members are eligible to apply for Q type visa of China to avail benefits.


How Pakistani Students can Get Citizenship of China

To get citizenship of China you have to meet following requirements:

  • If you are an immediate relative of Chinese citizen

  • If you are settled in China on resident permit


Required Documents

  • Birth certificate

  • Proof you qualify eligibility clause (proof that you are a immediate resident of Chinese citizenship)

  • A Valid Passport

  • Other Travel documents

  • Letters of employment

  • Resident Permit

  • Tax returns

  • Proof of Residence

  • The fee for citizenship application of China is 250 CNY.

  • Those applying for a Chinese citizenship would have to give up their citizenship rights in another country. China does not allow its citizen to have multiple citizenships.

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