I got a residence permit throught Q2 visa , how long can I stay in china? Can I apply for an extension of stay?

Q & A ForumCategory: COVID: 2-month automatic extension(overstay)I got a residence permit throught Q2 visa , how long can I stay in china? Can I apply for an extension of stay?
Zachary asked 5 months ago

Hello everyone, I would like to know in my situation ( residence permit throught Q2 visa , my wife is chinese, the residence permit expires in 2 years) according to the regulations i can stay no less than 180 days, I want to know if under the current situation i can extend my period of stay.  I dont want to leave China , my wife is here and we are expecting a baby. 

1 Answers
ShanghaiExitEntry Staff answered 5 months ago

Hi Zachary, 
During normal circumstances (without covid), you would have to leave China by your 180th day.
With covid, you can stay extra 60 days(the “automatic extension”) so you can stay until your 240th consecutive day in China.
A week before your 240th day, you need to apply for a stay permit. 
You can see the big picture concept here: https://shanghaiexitentry.com/extending-your-stay-in-china-during-covid-19/
 
Latest stay permit application step-by-step in detail: 
Good Samaritan #8 shared his experience applying for a stay permit in great detail
https://shanghaiexitentry.com/good-samaritan-8-stay-permit-super-detailed/
 
However, I’m curious why they didn’t give you a Q1 spouse visa so you can stay longer… 
Good luck and congratulations on the baby!!! 
Warm Regards,
Just Another Expat

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