Q1.  When Chinese passport holders submit temporary residency applications, do they need to submit residency documents of other countries/regions?

A: Aside from Chinese passport, Chinese mainlander should also submit documents issued by the relevant departments in Mainland China approving their residency in the Macao Special Administrative Region depending on the situation, or documents certifying that the applicant’s residence in other country/region for at least two years prior to the Macao residency application. Applicants who submit residence documents issued by the Republic of the Gambia, the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, or the Republic of Vanuatu must also submit the residence documents certified by the ministry of foreign affairs and the Chinese embassy of the country in which the applicants previously lived. (only applicable to new application) (reference: Paragraph 5 under Article 31 of Administrative Regulation No 38/2021).


Q2. How long does an application procedure take? Why does the time of the result announcement differ from person to person even though they submit the application on the same day?

A:  The duration of the approval procedure greatly depends of different cases of applicants. After receiving a temporary residency application, IPIM will consult other departments for relevant opinions as required by the law. In the event it is found that supplementary documents are needed, IPIM will request relevant applicants to provide these documents. The procedure might take shorter or longer depending on whether the applicants have submitted all of the required documents and the assessment results of the documents, hence the different times of result announcements due to the differences of applications


Q3. What will happen if an applicant is unable to submit all the required documents?

A: Applicants are required to submit documents supporting the information provided on their temporary residency application (such as educational background, work experience, professional qualification/work licence, individual capability, achievements and awards). If an applicant is unable to submit these documents, he/she should explain with declaration. It must be noted that only the information with supporting documents will be included in the assessment and analysis. If an applicant cannot submit the documents as required, he/she needs to submit a written explanation, which IPIM will analyse and determined whether to accept or not.


Q4. What will happen if the required documents are not submitted after an application is filed?

A: In the event the application process is suspended for more than six months due to reason(s) attributable to the interested party(-ies), the empowered authority(-ies) can announce the termination of relevant procedure (Reference: Article12 of Administrative Regulation No 3/2005 and Article 103 of the Administrative Procedure Code).


Q5. How long is the validity of a temporary residency permit?

A: Renewable temporary residency with 3 years of validity will be granted to qualified interested parties and their qualified family dependents under normal circumstances. For interested parties of major investment plans and their family dependents, temporary residency valid for 18 months which can be renewed once will be granted. However, under no circumstances shall the temporary residency permit remain valid beyond 30 days before the expiry date of the passport, travel document or entry, re-entry permit of other country/region held by the applicant (Reference: Article 17 of Administrative Regulation No.3/2005)