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The Shanghai authority now requires an original certificate from individuals transferring their visa into a new passport. The respective Embassy or Consulate will provide this certificate as proof of change when transferring a visa.

When a foreigner applies for a new passport, he/she must request the respective Embassy or Consulate to issue the certificate, which includes the foreigner’s biometric data as well as old and new passport information. This certifies that both passports are held by the same person and the old one is invalid. If the Embassy or Consulate is not able to issue the certificate, the foreigner must exit and re-enter the territory (presenting the new passport, together with the cancelled one, and a valid Chinese Resident Permit to process the visa transfer application).

Points to note:

  1. 10-day regulation: As per the regulation of The Exit and Entry Administration Law of the People’s Republic of China, Article 33, foreigners must report to the Exit and Entry Administration of the public security organ, under the local government or above the country level, in the place of residence within 10 days if there is any change to the following personal information:
    1. Name
    2. Sex
    3. Date of birth
    4. Reason of residence
    5. Duration of residence
    6. Date and place of issuance
    7. Passport no. or other international travel document no.
  2. Under the 10-day regulation, foreigners must provide a receipt for passport renewal from the Embassy or Consulate to show the date on which the passport is ready for collection.
  3. Foreigners must ensure that their old passport is cancelled as the authorities in China will not allow more than one valid passport to be held for visa transfer application.

No source available at the time of writing.

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Debra Beynon, Regional Immigration Manager, APAC:

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