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2-year residence permit is available

FOREIGNERS living in Shanghai can now apply for a two-year residence permit, a service launched this month by Shanghai police, authorities said yesterday.

The Exit & Entry Administration of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau said the application process can be done online and also covers other resident permits and visas.

Applicants can visit the official website of the bureau,, to download application forms in English and make an appointment to submit their application in person. Those who can read and write Chinese can submit their application online.

Once the application is submitted, applicants will be notified the next day of how long it will take to process the application.

The bureau opened a special window for the service on the third floor of its office at 1500 Minsheng Road in the Pudong New Area.

Since the online visa and residence application service for foreigners was launched in January 2009, more than 15,000 visas and permits have been issued, officials said. Online applications increased 31.8 percent last year compared with 2009.


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