You need to have received a work permit, a blue plastic card, before you can apply for a residence permit.

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If you cannot extend your stay in China any longer and your home country is not safe to return to, you could consider this option.

If you are currently working in China, you can now apply for a PU invitation letter for your spouse or underage childrenRead more here.

If you have Wechat, I recommend you to follow the Wechat Official Account 外服熙艾博特 CIBT FSG or search “CIBTFSG”. You will find latest news and updates on immigration and visa in China. For example, this article:

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