Two new foreigner exit-entry service centers opened in Beijing on Wednesday to make living and working in the capital easier.
The two centers, in the city's Shijingshan and Tongzhou districts, accept applications for residence permits, permanent residence permits, and the issuance and replacement of foreigners' permanent resident identity cards.
Foreigners can also apply for different types of residence permits, including those related to work, study, family and personal affairs. Those who have made special contributions to China, have investments and employment in China, and those who have family in China can apply for permanent residence.
Qualified foreign applicants in Beijing can apply for services at the two centers without regional restrictions.
Before applying for a residence permit, applicants need to log into the "Online Beijing Public Security Bureau" website to schedule an appointment in the "Exit and Entry Management" section and print out the application form. Then, they need to submit the form at the appointed time and place with other required documents. Those who apply for the residence permit service online can receive their permits after seven working days.
Beijing now has six foreigner exit-entry service centers offering visa and certificate services. The other four are in the city's Dongcheng, Chaoyang, Haidian and Shunyi districts.
The Shijingshan service center is located at No 3 Gucheng Nanli. With the exception of public holidays, its office hours are Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to noon, and from 1 pm to 5:30 pm.
The Tongzhou service center is located at No 67 Yudaihexi Street, and its office hours are from 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Saturday, with the exception of public holidays.
Yang Zekun contributed to this story.