Foreign talents in the following four circumstances can apply for permanent residence in China according to established procedures.
High-level foreign talents, foreigners with outstanding contributions and urgently needed by the country, upon recommendation of relevant state authorities, authorities of key development regions, or Hainan talent authorities, can apply for permanent residence in China. The foreign spouse and minor children of the above personnel may apply along.
Overseas Chinese who work in China, possess a doctoral degree or have worked for four consecutive years and lived for at least six months every year in key development regions can apply for permanent residence in China. Their foreign spouse and minor children may apply along.
Foreigners who invest in innovation enterprises, have stable investment for three consecutive years with good tax records, upon recommendation of the People's Government of Hainan, can apply for permanent residence in China.
Foreigners who have worked in China for four consecutive years with annual income from wage and salary not lower than six times the average salary of employees in the urban area of the region where the foreigners stay last year and an annual payment of individual income tax not lower than 20 percent of annual income from wage and salary can apply for permanent residence in China. Among them, for foreigners who live for at least six months within the four consecutive years, their foreign spouses and minor children may apply along.