What is the change? Immigration authorities in Beijing have significantly reduced the processing time for residence permit applications.

What does the change mean? Foreign nationals submitting residence permit applications in Beijing can expect to receive their permit in 10 business days.

  • Implementation time frame: Aug. 3.
  • Visas/permits affected: Residence permits.
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals applying for residence permits in Beijing.
  • Impact on processing times: Significant reduction in processing time.
  • Next steps: Foreign nationals applying for residence permits should note that the process will be completed in 10 business days.

Background: Starting next week, Beijing immigration authorities will process both new and renewal residence permit applications in 10 business days. Previously, the processing time was 15 business days.

BAL Analysis: A residence permit is typically required to open a bank account and secure the release of household items from customs, so the shorter wait time for residence permits will particularly benefit foreign nationals who have recently moved to Beijing.

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