If you have lived here for a while you will know that administrative tasks in China require both time and possession of the right documents; registering a newborn baby is no different. What's more, it needs to happen within a month of the baby's birth, or you will incur a fine, so it helps to be organised.
To save you time researching what needs to be done, Bumps & Babes has collected information from each individual embassy or consulate on registration procedures. Can't find your country's information? Let us know and we will be happy to help you out!
Question 1: The child was born in China and his (her) parents are foreigners. How do I apply for the child's visa?
Answer: Within one month after the child was born, his (her) father or mother should bring the child's birth certificate and the parents' ID certificates to the Exit-Entry Administration Bureau of Shanghai to register and apply for the relevant visa.
Question 2: The foreign child born in Shanghai is not able to obtain his (her) passport within one month. What should be done?
Answer: Within one month after the child was born, his (her) father or mother should bring the child's birth certificate, parents' ID certificates and the receipt of the embassy (consulate) to the Exit-Entry Administration Bureau of Shanghai to register. He (she) must apply for the relevant visa as soon as he (she) gets the passport.
Question 3: The child was born in China and his (her) father (mother) is a foreigner and mother (father) is a Chinese. He (she) has obtained the foreign passport from the foreign embassy (consulate). How do we go through the procedure for exit?
Answer: According to China's Law of Nationalities, if the child was born in mainland China and one of the parents is a Chinese national, the child will have Chinese nationality. Exit-Entry Administration won't issue him (her) with a visa even if the child has obtained a foreign passport. The child's parents should bring the birth certificate of the child and their own ID certificates to the Exit-Entry Administration Bureau of Shanghai to go through nationality confirmation then apply for exit.
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