Living in Shanghai, passport stolen, with Chinese residency certificate
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Feb 11, 2013 4:30 PM Last Post By: jiejie
Feb 11, 2013 1:10 AM
Living in Shanghai, passport stolen, with Chinese residency certificateThe situation: I live in Shanghai with a residency permit for work valid until end of this February.
I'm now in Phnom Penh, and my German passport was stolen. I will get a replacement tomorrow.
My problem: my Chinese residency permit is gone, too (as it is inside the passport). I wonder what is best: apply for a tourist visa to quickly get back into China and then sort out everything from there, or try to explain the situation to the Chinese consulate.
So, therefore the question whether I can apply for a tourist visa while I have a residency permit.
The matter is further complicated by the fact that thanks to Chinese New Year, the consulate in Phnom Penh is closed for seven days until next Monday. I'm wondering whether to go to Hong Kong where it opens already in three days and apply there.
Feb 11, 2013 4:46 AM
1Well all your details are on the Chinese immigration files so I see no issue. Even where you stay in a hotel out of base and when you left China(just like any other country by the way). Just tell them what has happened and I am sure they will oblige. I always offer to pay a fee for service, and although it is frowned upon LP, service can really help.
Feb 11, 2013 6:16 AM
2I believe it is better to sort out everything in China, I suggest:
1. The stolen passport with a visa stamp inside maybe misused by the illegal possessor, it should be reported to the appropriate authority in China. This is better done in China.
2. The stolen residency permit has little value to the illegal possessor since it is going to be expired in less than 3 weeks. Nevertheless, it should be reported to the organization that issued it as well.
... quickly get back into China and then sort out everything from there ...
4. Assuming that your original plan is to fly back to Shanghai. If your employer can fax/courier you a formal letter stating in details, the urgent need for your returning to work, then you should be able to prepare for a VOA application at PVG.
Feb 11, 2013 6:31 AM
3If the Visa was just for another few weeks, until end of Feb, if the Chinese Work Visa can not replaced in PP then get a regular tourist Visa and get back to China, once there, reapply for a Work Visa if need be, and just head to the PSB for the Residency Permit, foreigners just need to provide a Passport and address of their residence. The residency permit is nothing.
The question is, will it be necessary to get a new Work Visa for the remaining weeks, or just a Touirst Visa will do..
Feb 11, 2013 4:30 PM
4There's a critical piece of information you didn't provide. Were you 1) going to be continuing work with the same employer or transferring to a different employer after this residency permit expired? Or were you 2) ending (or have already ended) employment and are just going to be on your own once back in China without planning to work? Or 3) starting a completely new job search with uncertain time frame to find?
If either 2) or 3), then your effort is much easier, just start from scratch and get a completely new Chinese tourist visa either in PP or in Hong Kong will do. And disregard the following paragraphs.
However, if situation 1) and you will be returning to work, then I would not wait until getting back to China to try to fix this. I would get take the new replacement passport, a photocopy or some record of the old passport/old rez permit, particularly if the passport number has been changed on reissue. Also a Cambodian police report/record which confirms the theft. As soon as the Chinese Embassy reopens, get over there, find the friendliest officer you can, and see if they can help you out. Even if they cannot issue you a new residence permit per se (has to be done in China), they may be able to issue you a visa that will get you back into China, or at least an official attestation that you tried to get a replacement permit in your new passport at the location of the theft. And of course, you should notify your employer. It may be possible for the employer to have paperwork sent to the Embassy (in PP or HK) which would allow them to re-issue a Z for you to re-enter on, then get the Rez Permit redone once in China. Given the time frame until expiry, likely this would be a new Rez Permit that re-sets the clock.
You may mess up the bureaucratic works and cause real headaches if you just make assumptions and get a tourist visa on your own volition, then expect to try to change that back to a Rez Permit in order to stay in China and continue work. Getting a new visa will automatically cancel out the Rez Permit (it will be done electronically in their database)....and that might set you back to Square One, and having you and your employer jump through all sorts of Labor Dept and PSB hoops again to re-employ you. Get Chinese Embassy and employer input on this first.
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