Q1. Who are eligible to apply for temporary residency?

A: Please refer to Point 2 in the Temporary Residency Application Guidelines regarding applicants’ eligibility:

Q2. How do you apply and what are the application procedures for temporary residency (namely first application, renewal and extension to family dependents)?

A: Please refer to the flow chart of the Temporary Residency Application on IPIM’s website:

Q3. How can I change an appointment after the booking has been made? In a case where I am not able to submit in person the application for temporary residency, can the required documents be submitted by my representative? Can a representative sign the application form?

A: Applicants can reschedule the appointments by using IPIM’s Online Appointment Booking System (http://onlinebooking.ipim.gov.mo/en/aultAgree.aspx).

If the applicant is not able to submit the required documents in person, an authorised representative may deliver the related documents to IPIM, including the original Letter of Authorisation signed by the applicant, the original valid identification documents of the applicant and the authorised representative, and the signed application forms. The application forms must be signed by the applicant and be notarised; the authorised representative of the applicant is not allowed to sign the forms. (A sample of the Letter of Authorisation can be downloaded on IPIM’s website:

Q4. What are the required documents to apply for temporary residency?

A: Please refer to Point 5 in the Temporary Residency Application Guidelines – “Documents required for temporary residency application”:

Q5. How can I obtain the application forms?

A: Applicants can download the application forms from IPIM’s website or obtain the application forms at IPIM’s office:

Q6. How can I check the result of a temporary residency application?

A: IPIM will send out official notifications by registered mail to the address in Macao that was provided in the application forms. In the case of renewal of the temporary residency permit, the applicant can also choose to collect the notification in person at the District Public Services Centre in Areia Preta or the Islands District Public Services Centre in Taipa.

Q7. In a case where supporting documents are in languages other than an official language of the Macao SAR, must the documents be translated?

A: The official languages of the Macao SAR are Chinese and Portuguese, and therefore all documents submitted must be in either of the two official languages. Documents in any other languages must be translated into Chinese or Portuguese by a recognised authority from the respective place of origin (such as an embassy or consulate), and the translated documents must be notarised. Documents in English might be accepted based on the merits of each individual case.

Q8. What should be noted when applying for a certificate of criminal record?

A: According to Paragraph 1 (8) of Article 9 of Administrative Regulation No. 3/2005, the applicant and any family dependent aged 16 or above must submit a certificate of criminal record or equivalent document issued by the relevant authority(ies) of the country of the applicant’s nationality, or of the issuing place of other identification documents. For example, U.S. passport holders should submit a certificate of criminal record issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), while an Australian passport holder should submit a certificate of criminal record issued by the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

Q9. Must applicants provide a Macao address and telephone number?

A:The applicant must provide a local address and telephone number, so that IPIM is able to contact the applicant via posted mail or telephone. Applicant should also submit proof of address, e.g. a water or electricity bill.

Q10. Is there a charge for the application for temporary residency?

A: IPIM will not charge any fees for the assessment of the temporary residency application (There might be costs related with obtaining specific forms from IPIM, or any other related documents from other government departments).

Q11. Is there a quota for the number of temporary residency applications to be submitted each year?

A: IPIM does not restrict the number of temporary residency applications that can be submitted each year.

Q12. Will personal data submitted with the application for temporary residency be protected?

A: All personal information that applicants provide to IPIM will be used only for the purpose of handling the respective temporary residency application. IPIM might lawfully send the information to other government departments or judiciary bodies to corroborate the information provided by applicants. IPIM will also manage and protect applicants’ personal data under Macao SAR’s Law No. 8/2005 – Personal Data Protection Act.

Q13. Is there any requirement on how many days applicant should stay in Macao after being granted approval of application?

A:In the light of Paragraph 3 under Article 9 of Law No. 4/2003, enabled by Article 23 of Administrative Regulation No. 3/2005, and based on Article 24 of Administrative Regulation No.5/2003, residing in the Macao SAR as an ordinary resident is one of the requirements to maintain the temporary residency. Failing to fulfil the above requirement will be disadvantageous to the approved temporary residency.