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    Marriage & Visa options

    Post by Søren on 22/11/13, 04:11 pm

    Firstly, if this topic has already been covered, which i imagine it has, please forgive me and show me where it is.
    I am an Australian living in Hong Kong with a working visa and ID card. My fiancée and I are planning to get married next year and live in Nanning though we would like to be living together as soon as possible.
    My one year, multi-visit, tourist visa expires in May and by then I would like to have the right of abode in China.
    Will getting married automatically give me the right to do this?
    i would really love to know what my options are.
    Please help!!

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    Post by dafu on 22/11/13, 11:36 pm

    Unless you are a citizen of the PRC you are unlikely to get right of abode there. The best you can get is a residence permit (you can apply for permanent residence after 5 years). It is a privilege, not a right!

    Multi-entry visas issued outside of China usually restrict the amount of time you can continuously spend here. The exit-entry police bureaux in China can issue visas for longer in the case of having a Chinese spouse.

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    Post by Søren on 23/11/13, 01:02 pm

    Thanks Dafu, I appreciate your response.
    Is there any site on the internet that you know of where I can find out the details of these kinds of visas? eg. would i have the right to work or do you think I'd still be considered a tourist but with a Chinese spouse?

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    Post by 1234mil17 on 23/11/13, 01:20 pm

    Hi your still a tourist /no can work Mil

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    Post by Søren on 23/11/13, 01:30 pm

    I see....hmm.
    So Mil, I guess you know my next question?!
    do you know what the working visa options are? any suggestions in getting a working visa? Eg. is there an easier way versus a hard way to get a working visa? Also, do you know of a working visa that can give more flexibility in how I work rather than just working for a company? I usually work as a sub-contractor.
    any suggestions at this stage is helpful Smile 
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    Post by handyal on 23/11/13, 07:11 pm

    Hi Soren and welcome to the forum.

    If your married to a Chinese citizen you can get Visas from the local PSB (Public Security Bureau) in Nanning. The length of duration is at their discretion but 2 years is usually the max.
    You can get a residency permit but their are conditions to these.

    Unless you want to teach English in China their is little else to do.
    Chinese law forbids employment of a foreign if a Chinese citizen can do it............so your options are very limited unless you work for a Multi national corporation.

    You'll need a work permit to do any work before entering China.

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    Post by 1234mil17 on 23/11/13, 10:38 pm

    Hi Soren ,Like Al says there are few options when it comes to working in China,i dont know how flush you are ,if you got 500000 US lol that will get you the ok to stay without a wife maybe open a business , its a little bit like japan was they will let you in if your work is somthing they cant do lol Mil

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    Post by Søren on 24/11/13, 05:48 am

    Al and Mil, thanks very much.
    This is giving me a better idea of the situation.  the policy regarding work is similar in HK where I currently live.  My work is specialised in that I work with large corporates to develop their staff - corporate training and executive coaching.  The work is specialised.
    By trade, I am an actor and occasionally do Chinese films.  I've done lots of work in Oz, in the UK and some in the States. One of my friends in Nanning wants to open an acting school for kids & has asked me if i wanted to teach for her. I'll look into both of these areas.
    Thanks for the USD500,000 tip Mil.  good to know what that number is!
    And Al, thanks for explaining in more detail about the PSB.
    Everything you both are telling me is very useful.Smile  it feels great to finally be getting some good info.
    Cheers,
    Have a great day!
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    Post by HSV068 on 24/11/13, 08:03 am

    Hi, Soren, welcome to the forum, the guys help with info where we can, you are not walking an unknown path, we have all been thru the mill, one way or another, I find this helpful at times, http://english.nanning.gov.cn/n725531/n751804/index.html
    also echinacities.com chinadaily.com has some good info, cheers, Roger

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    Post by Søren on 26/11/13, 08:52 am

    Hi Roger,
    and thanks for your note and the resource links. As I am new to this forum it helps me to understand more about the people here. I am getting the picture that this is a good place to ask questions.

    Kind Regards,
    Søren

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