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Applying for Residence in Macao S.A.R.
 
I. Departments Responsible for Processing Applications for Residence Authorization
II. Application for Residence Authorization through Residents Subdivision
III. Application for Residence Authorization through Foreigners Subdivision
IV. Major Laws of Examination and Approval of Application for Residence Authorization
V. Major Laws of Examination and Approval of Application for Residence Authorization Renewal
VI. Acceptance Standard for Necessary Documents in Application for Residence Authorization
VII.
VIII. Reminder after Approval of Residence Authorization through Residents Subdivision
IX. Reminder after Approval of Residence Authorization through Foreigners Subdivision
X.

 
I. Departments Responsible for Processing Applications for Residence Authorization
 
Persons who intend to apply for residence in Macao as an investor, managerial personnel or specialized technical personnel may make their application in accordance with Administrative Regulation No. 3/2005 to the Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) (Address: 1/F, World Trade Centre, 918, Avenida da Amizade, Macao; Tel: (853) 2871 2055). After the application is approved, they need to apply to the Foreigners Subdivision of the Immigration Department for "Receipt of Residence Authorization / Residence Authorization Renewal" ("Residence Receipt"), with which they can apply to the Identification Bureau for a "Macao Non-Permanent Resident Identity Card".
 
Other persons who also intend to apply for residence in Macao may make their application in accordance with Law No. 4/2003 and Administrative Regulation No. 5/2003 to the relevant subdivision of the Immigration Department of the Public Security Police Force, depending on their status as indicated in the table below. After the application is approved, they will receive a "Residence Certificate" or a "Residence Receipt", with which they can apply to the Identification Bureau for a "Macao Non-Permanent Resident Identity Card".
 
Category of Applicant Department Document Issued Office Hours / Inquiries
1. "P.R.C. Permit for Travelling to Hong Kong and Macao" holders from Mainland China
Residents Subdivision Residence Certificate
Mon to Thu: 09:00-17:45
Friday: 09:00-17:30
(Tags dispensed until 17:00)
Closed on Sat, Sun and government holidays
Address:
Immigration Department Office Building, Travessa Um do Cais de Pac On, Taipa, Macau
Tel: (853) 2872 5488
Fax: (853) 8897 0300
Email: sminfo@fsm.gov.mo
Online:
2. Minor children who are born outside the Macao S.A.R. and whose parents are Macao permanent residents / "P.R.C. Permit for Travelling to Hong Kong and Macao" holders granted residence in Macao
3. Persons of Portuguese Nationality
4. Others
Foreigners Subdivision Receipt of Residence Authorization / Residence Authorization Renewal
 
 
Applicants belonging to Category 1 will make an appointment for the application upon entry through the Border Checkpoint at the Border Gate. Applicants of the other categories may make the application by approaching the subdivision concerned and waiting for their turn, or by using our Online Appointment System. Click here for online appointment.
 
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II. Application for Residence Authorization through Residents Subdivision
 
1. Application for Residence Authorization
 
1.1 Application and Necessary Documents
 
A. "P.R.C. Permit for Travelling to Hong Kong and Macao" holders from Mainland China
 
Upon completion of entry clearance, the interested person will receive a "notification letter" which notifies him/her to apply to the Residents Subdivision in person within 10 days for "Residence Authorization". Otherwise, the interested person will be fined MOP200 per overdue day; the maximum fine is limited to MOP5,000. The necessary documents to be submitted include:
  Note: The original should be exhibited for authentication if a copy is submitted】
 
  1) A completed application form (format 6);
   
【Note: (1)
Applicants under 18 years old should have their applications tendered and signed by the parent or guardian;
  (2)
The application form is available at the respective subdivision and the website of the Public Security Police Force.】
  2)
2 copies of "P.R.C. Permit for Travelling to Hong Kong and Macao", and present the Arrival Card for this entry to Macao;
  3) "Certificate of Criminal Record" of Macao issued within 90 days Remark (2);
  4)
Copy of national "Notarial Certificate of Criminal Record" of Mainland China issued within 6 months (if the interested person is 16 years old or above on the date of issue of the "P.R.C. Permit for Travelling to Hong Kong and Macao");
  5)
Copy of document of kinship between the interested person and his/her reuniting kindred in Macao (e.g. original Marriage Certificate, Notarial Marriage Certificate, Notarial Birth Certificate, Medical Certificate of Birth, Notarial Kinship Certificate, etc.);
   
【Note: (1)
In cases of reunion between husband and wife, the interested person and his/her spouse residing in Macao should co-declare in written form the existence of marital relation and cohabitation. The declaration form is available at the respective subdivision and the website of the Public Security Police Force;
  (2)
  6)
Copy of the Macao Resident Identity Card of the reuniting kindred residing in Macao (the card holder should be present for the application);
  7)
Document indicating the interested person's address in Macao (e.g.: copy of water bill, electricity bill, phone bill, etc. of the last 3 months);
  8) Other information requested by the authorities under special circumstances.
【Remark: (1)
Our staff will take a digital photo for the interested person at the respective subdivision. The interested person can choose to use the digital photo or his/her own recent photo (1.5-inch, full face, no-hat, white-background, coloured/black-and-white photo) on the residence document issued to him/her.
  (2)
This certificate is required if the interested person is 16 years old or above on the day the application is submitted. This type of applicants may apply to the Identification Bureau for the certificate by presenting the "notification" granted upon entry or the receipt of the application for "Residence Authorization", together with the "P.R.C. Permit for Travelling to Hong Kong and Macao". To facilitate the application procedure, the applicants can first apply to the Identification Bureau and authorize the Bureau to send the certificate directly to the Immigration Department. Then they may apply to the Residents Subdivision for "Resident Authorization".
  (3)
Applicants who have been verified by the Identification Bureau and are preliminarily eligible to be a permanent resident in Macao (with an "R" symbol indicated below the photo on their "P.R.C. Permit for Travelling to Hong Kong and Macao") are exempted from submitting documents 3) to 6).
  (4)
If the personal information declared before is different from that of the current application, the interested person should submit a Notarial Birth Certificate and/or a Notarial Marriage Certificate or other certificates accordingly for verification.
  (5)
Processing time:
   
General Application:
5 working days <performance pledge>
【Note:
The processing time starts from the next working day after the service unit receives all the necessary documents and confirms nothing is missing】
Application by persons preliminarily eligible to be a permanent resident in Macao:  
14:00 of the next working day <performance pledge>
【Note:
The processing time starts from the moment after the service unit receives all the necessary documents and confirms nothing is missing】
  (6)
For details of the application procedures for a residence document at the Immigration Department and the Identification Bureau, please see "Guidelines for "P.R.C. Permit for Travelling to Hong Kong and Macao" Holders Entering the Macao S.A.R. and Applying for Residence Document" (Chinese version only)
 
B.
Minor children who are born outside the Macao S.A.R. and whose parents are Macao permanent residents / "P.R.C. Permit for Travelling to Hong Kong and Macao" holders granted residence in Macao
 
The application should be tendered by the parent or guardian (or their legal representative) of the interested person. The necessary documents include:
 
【Note: (1) The original should be exhibited for authentication if a copy is submitted;
  (2)
If the interested person cannot appear at the Immigration Department, the parent / guardian or another representative should submit a recent photo of the interested person (1.5-inch, full face, no-hat, white-background, coloured/black-and-white photo);
  (3)
Unless the minor is represented by the parent, the representative should submit: a. a certified letter of authorization; b. a copy of his/her valid identification document.】
 
1)
A completed application form (format 4); application form (format 9) is also required if the application includes other minor children;
 
【Note: (1)
The application form is available at the respective subdivision and the website of the Public Security Police Force;
  (2) The reason for application should be stated in the application form.】
2)
Guarantee (format 5) signed by the guarantor for the purpose of undertaking the interested person's departure expenses;
 
【Note: (1)
The Guarantee template is available at the respective subdivision and the website of the Public Security Police Force;
  (2)
The guarantor should be a permanent resident habitually residing in Macao or a bank.】
3)
Copy of the interested person's valid passport / travel document (bio data page and used pages only) or identification document used for entry to and departure from Macao, and present the Arrival Card for this entry to Macao;
4) Copy of the interested person's birth certificate or equivalent document;
 
【Note:
5)
Copy of the "Macao Permanent Resident Identity Card", "P.R.C. Permit for Travelling to Hong Kong and Macao" or proof of the Macao permanent resident status of the interested person's father and/or mother(the card holder should be present for the application);
6)
If one of the interested person's parents is not a Macao resident, a written statement of that parent's consent and reason to let the child reside in Macao with the other parent should be submitted;
 
【Note:
The above statement should contain the declarant's signature which is to be certified by the competent authorities. Otherwise, the declarant is required to sign the statement in the presence of the staff accepting the residence application and present the original of his/her identification document for verification.】
7)
"Certificate of Criminal Record" of Macao issued within 90 days (if the interested person is 16 years old or above on the day the application is submitted);
 
【Note:
Application for the Certificate should be made to the Identification Bureau by presenting the application acceptance receipt of "Residence Authorization". The interested person may authorize the Bureau to send the Certificate directly to the Immigration Department.】
8)
Copy of national Certificate of Criminal Record issued by the competent authorities of the latest country or region of domicile (if the interested person is 16 years old or above on the day the application is submitted);
 
【Note:
9)
Copy of document issued by the competent authorities of the interested person's country or region of domicile certifying he/she has continuously been residing in that place for at least two years just before applying for residence in Macao;
 
【Remark: (1)
The above requirement is mainly applicable to Chinese who are originally residents of Mainland China but then emigrated to the Region of Taiwan or a foreign country and granted residence status there;
  (2)
The 2-year residence should be counted from the day the residence status is officially granted and is subject to the actual residing period of two years at that place;
  (3)
The document should be a residence certificate or equivalent document issued by the competent authorities of the country or region in which the person resides. It can be presented in 2 or more certificates (e.g. Residents of the Region of Taiwan may submit their latest household registry transcript / household register and movement records of the Region of Taiwan as evidence of residence.)】
10)
Copy of personal financial documents (e.g. employment certificate, bank book, payment receipt of revenue / sales tax of the reuniting kindred residing in Macao);
11)
Proof of the interested person and his/her reuniting parent(s) habitually residing in Macao (e.g. proof of study of the interested person, employment certificate of the interested person's parents, etc);
12)
Document indicating the interested person's residential address in Macao (e.g.: copy of water bill, electricity bill, phone bill, etc. of the last 3 months).
 
【Note: (1)
Our staff will take a digital photo for the interested person at the respective subdivision. The interested person can choose to use the digital photo or his/her own recent photo (1.5-inch, full face, no-hat, white-background, coloured/black-and-white photo) on the residence document issued to him/her;
  (2)
Other information should be submitted upon request by the authorities under special circumstances;
  (3)
According to Article 21 of Administrative Regulation No. 5/2003, these minor children need not renew their Residence Authorization at our Department. They may apply to the Identification Bureau for a Macao Non-permanent Resident Identity Card with the Residence Certificate issued by our department. After habitually residing in Macao for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the Residence Authorization, they may apply to the Identification Bureau for a Macao Permanent Resident Identity Card. However, attention should be paid to Article 24 of the Administrative Regulation, which specifies the conditions causing the invalidation of the Residence Authorization, e.g. not habitually residing in Macao. To habitually reside in Macao and to meet the prerequisite for the Residence Authorization, the interested person and his/her reuniting parent(s) should make Macao a centre of living and reside in Macao for not less than 183 days per year starting from the effective date of the Residence Authorization. In addition, whenever they leave Macao, they should not be away for more than half a year. Otherwise, the Residence Authorization granted to the interested person may be invalidated.】
C. Persons of Portuguese nationality
  The application can be made by the interested person or a legal representative by submitting the following:
 
【Note: (1) The original should be exhibited for authentication if a copy is submitted;
  (2)
If the interested person cannot appear at the Immigration Department, the parent / guardian or another representative should submit a recent photo of the interested person (1.5-inch, full face, no-hat, white-background, coloured/black-and-white photo);
  (3)
Unless the minor is represented by the parent, the representative should submit: a. a certified letter of authorization; b. a copy of his/her valid identification document.】
 
Basic Documents
 
1)
A completed application form (format 4); application form (format 9) is also required if the application includes family members;
 
【Note: (1)
The application form is available at the respective subdivision and the website of the Public Security Police Force;
  (2)
The reason for application or the interested person's intended activity in Macao should be stated in the application form.】
2)
Declaration made in the reputation of the interested person to undertake to comply with the laws of the Macao Special Administrative Region (for applicants who are 18 years old or above);
 
【Note:
The Declaration template is available at the respective subdivision and the website of the Public Security Police Force】
3)
Guarantee (format 5) signed by the guarantor for the purpose of undertaking the interested person's departure expenses;
 
【Note: (1)
The Guarantee template is available at the respective subdivision and the website of the Public Security Police Force;
  (2)
The guarantor should be a permanent resident habitually residing in Macao or a bank.】
4)
Copy of the interested person's valid Portuguese passport (bio data page and used pages only), and present the Arrival Card for this entry to Macao;
5)
Copy of the interested person's birth certificate or equivalent document;
 
【Note:
6)
Copy of the Macao Resident Identity Card of the reuniting kindred residing in Macao (the card holder should be present for the application) (for cases of family reunion);
7)
"Certificate of Criminal Record" of Macao issued within 90 days (if the interested person is 16 years old or above on the day the application is submitted and has resided / been residing in Macao);
 
【Note:
Application for the Certificate should be made to the Identification Bureau by presenting the application acceptance receipt of "Residence Authorization". The interested person may authorize the Bureau to send the Certificate directly to the Immigration Department.】
8)
Copy of national Certificate of Criminal Record issued by the competent authorities of the latest country or region of domicile (if the interested person is 16 years old or above on the day the application is submitted);
 
【Note:
9)
Copy of personal financial documents (e.g. employment certificate, bank book, payment receipt of revenue / sales tax of the reuniting kindred residing in Macao);
10)
Document indicating the interested person's residential address in Macao (e.g.: copy of water bill, electricity bill, phone bill, etc. of the last 3 months).
   
  Other documents (according to individual case)
 
Type of Application Necessary Documents
I. Family reunion
A. Reunion with spouse
B. Reunion with partner of marriage de facto
Certificate of no marriage, divorce or marriage de facto (for details, please see "Acceptance Standard for Necessary Documents in Application for Residence Authorization")
C. Reunion of minor child with parent(s) residing in Macao
1.
If one of the interested person's parents is not a Macao resident, a written statement of that parent's consent and reason to let the child reside in Macao with the other parent should be submitted;
2. Proof of the minor child studying in Macao (if any).
【Note:
The above statement should contain the declarant's signature which is to be certified by the competent authorities. Otherwise, the declarant is required to sign the statement in the presence of the staff accepting the residence application and present the original of his/her identification document for verification.】
D. Reunion of grown-up child with parent(s) residing in Macao
1. Certificate of marital status of the grown-up child;
 
【Note:
For details, please see "Acceptance Standard for Necessary Documents in Application for Residence Authorization", but it is not necessary to submit a declaration of the husband and wife's claim to be maintaining marital relation if married.】
2.
Identification document of the spouse and children (if any) if married;
3.
Parent(s)' written statement of the status of the family member(s) (e.g. number of children, age, type of document in possession of, country of domicile, marital status, whether they are Macao residents or not, etc.).
E. Reunion of parent(s) with child(ren) residing in Macao
1.
Birth certificate of the child(ren) residing in Macao (for details, please see "Acceptance Standard for Necessary Documents in Application for Residence Authorization");
2.
Parents' certificate of marriage (for details, please see "Acceptance Standard for Necessary Documents in Application for Residence Authorization");
3.
Divorce certificate or spouse's death certificate if the parents are divorced or one of them is deceased (for details, please see "Acceptance Standard for Necessary Documents in Application for Residence Authorization");
4. Document stated in D.3.
II. To be engaged in a professional post
1. Certificate of employment in Macao;
2.
Certificate of the interested person's academic background or professional skill.
III. Previous connection with Macao
Proof of previous employment, education or living in Macao.
 
【Note: (1)
Our staff will take a digital photo for the interested person at the respective subdivision. The interested person can choose to use the digital photo or his/her own recent photo (1.5-inch, full face, no-hat, white-background, coloured/black-and-white photo) on the residence document issued to him/her;
  (2)
Other information should be submitted upon request by the authorities under special circumstances;
  (3)
According to Term 2, Article 22 of Administrative Regulation No. 5/2003, renewal of the Residence Authorization depends on whether the application meets the prerequisites and requisites stipulated in Law No. 4/2003 and the above Administrative Regulation, especially whether the applicant (or the applicant and his/her reuniting kindred, or the applicant and the family members involved in the application and the reuniting kindred) habitually resides in Macao. In other words, they should make Macao a centre of living and reside in Macao for not less than 183 days per year starting from the effective date of the Residence Authorization. In addition, whenever they leave Macao, they should not be away for more than half a year. Otherwise, the applicant's (and the family members involved) application for renewal of Residence Authorization may not be approved.】
1.2 Application Approach
 
1)
After receiving the residence application of the persons listed in Points A, B and C, the authorities will issue an "application acceptance receipt", which includes the necessary documents that have not yet been submitted. The interested person (or the legal representative) should submit them within 180 days from the date the receipt is issued (or the date he/she is notified to supplement other documents). Otherwise, the authorities may announce the extinguishment of the application according to Article 103 of the Code of Administrative Procedure.
 
If all the necessary documents are submitted, the interested person (or the legal representative) should come in person to complete the procedures or collect the "Residence Certificate" on the date specified on the receipt or by following the instructions on the receipt (e.g. to wait for a notification letter). When coming in person,
 
(1) Present the application acceptance receipt;
(2)
Present the "P.R.C. Permit for Travelling to Hong Kong and Macao" or the valid passport / travel document / identification document used to apply for Residence Authorization;
(3)
The parent or guardian representing the minor child in the application should present his/her valid identification document and proof of their relationship; other legal representative should present a certified letter of authorization and his/her valid identification document;
(4)
Submit the "Non-resident Worker's Identification Card" (or the former "Non-resident Worker's Permit", also known as blue card) (if any) for cancellation.
 
【Note:
If the interested person is not able come to complete the procedure within 180 days after the appointed date or within the period specified in the notification letter regarding the approval of the "Residence Authorization" application (around 180 days from the date of issue of the letter), it may result in the extinguishment of the application and invalidation of the Residence Authorization.
2)
For approved application, the interested person (or the legal representative) will be issued a "Residence Certificate" after he/she pays the fee (Chinese nationals are exempted) within the period specified on the notification letter. For disapproved application, the interested person will receive a written notice of the content of the written instructions and the means to appeal.
3) After the Residence Authorization is granted, the statutory fee and the payment deadline are as follows:
 
Fee Payment Deadline Consequence of Overdue Payment
Chinese: free
Others: MOP100
The period specified in the notification letter mentioned in Point 1)
(around 180 days from the date of issue of the letter)
Extinguishment of Residence Authorization application
4)
While waiting for the result of the residence application, persons of Portuguese nationality and minor children who are born outside the Macao S.A.R. and whose parents are Macao permanent residents / "P.R.C. Permit for Travelling to Hong Kong and Macao" holders granted residence in Macao can apply to the Residents Subdivision for single or multiple extension of Authorization to Stay (by using an application form for extension of "Authorization to Stay", for detail, please see "Special Authorization to Stay" for Applicants of Residence Authorization) on the day they submit the residence application or on a later day by presenting the Application Acceptance Receipt.
5)
When receiving the residence application of the applicants in Point B (minor children who are born outside the Macao S.A.R. and whose parents are Macao permanent residents / "P.R.C. Permit for Travelling to Hong Kong and Macao" holders granted residence in Macao) and Point C (persons of Portuguese nationality), the Immigration Department can deny part of or the whole application accordingly if the applicant's passport / travel document and return / re-entry permit is expiring in less than 30 days.
2. Application for Residence Authorization Renewal by Persons of Portuguese Nationality
 
2.1 Application and Necessary Documents
 
The application can be made by the interested person or a legal representative within 30 days before the expiry of the Residence Authorization by submitting the following:
 
【Note: (1) The original should be exhibited for authentication if a copy is submitted;
  (2)
If the interested person cannot appear at the Immigration Department, the parent / guardian or another representative should submit a recent photo of the interested person (1.5-inch, full face, no-hat, white-background, coloured/black-and-white photo);
  (3)
Unless the minor is represented by the parent, the representative should submit: a. a certified letter of authorization; b. a copy of his/her valid identification document.】
 
1)
A completed application form for Residence Authorization Renewal ; application form (format 9) is also required if the application includes family members;
 
【Note:
The application form is available at the respective subdivision and the website of the Public Security Police Force】
2)
Copy of the interested person's valid Portuguese passport (bio data page only) and Macao Non-permanent Resident Identity Card;
3)
Copy of the Macao Resident Identity Card of the reuniting kindred residing in Macao (the card holder should be present for the application) (for cases of family reunion);
4)
Certificate of maintaining marriage / de facto marital relation (for cases including spouse / partner of marriage de facto or residence is granted on the basis of family reunion with spouse/partner of marriage de facto);
 
【Note:
For details, please see the section of "Residence Authorization Renewal" at the "Acceptance Standard for Necessary Documents in Application for Residence Authorization".】
5) Certificate of employment in Macao (for cases of professional employment);
6)
"Certificate of Criminal Record" of Macao issued within 90 days; (if the interested person is 16 years old or above on the day the residence application is submitted)
 
【Note:
Applicants may apply to the Identification Bureau for the certificate first by presenting their Macao Resident Identity Card and authorize the Bureau to send the certificate directly to the Immigration Department. Then they may apply to the Residents Subdivision for "Residence Authorization" renewal by presenting the receipt issued by the Identification Bureau and other necessary documents.】
7)
Copy of personal financial documents (e.g. employment certificate, bank book, payment receipt of revenue / sales tax of the interested person or his/her reuniting kindred residing in Macao);
8)
Copy of water bill, electricity bill, phone bill, etc. of the last 3 months of the latest address (if the interested person has changed address).
【Remark: (1)
Our staff will take a digital photo for the interested person at the respective subdivision. The interested person can choose to use the digital photo or his/her own recent photo (1.5-inch, full face, no-hat, white-background, coloured/black-and-white photo) on the residence document issued to him/her.
  (2)
Other information should be submitted upon request by the authorities under special circumstances.
  (3)
According to Term 2, Article 22 of Administrative Regulation No. 5/2003, renewal of the Residence Authorization depends on whether the application meets the prerequisites and requisites stipulated in Law No. 4/2003 and the above Administrative Regulation, especially whether the applicant (or the applicant and his/her reuniting kindred, or the applicant and the family members involved in the application and the reuniting kindred) habitually resides in Macao. In other words, they should make Macao a centre of living and reside in Macao for not less than 183 days per year starting from the effective date of the Residence Authorization. In addition, whenever they leave Macao, they should not be away for more than half a year. Otherwise, the applicant's (and the family members involved) application for renewal of Residence Authorization may not be approved.
Persons who have their final application for renewal of Residence Authorization approved should pay attention to the conditions causing the invalidation of the Residence Authorization specified in Article 24 of the above Administrative Regulation, e.g. not habitually residing in Macao and not meeting the prerequisite for the Residence Authorization. These persons (or their reuniting kindred) should continue to comply with the above stipulation of staying in Macao even during the 5th to 7th years of residence in Macao. Otherwise, their Residence Authorization may be invalidated.
  (4)
The interested person may still apply for renewal within 180 days after the expiry of the Residence Authorization, provided that he/she pays the fine (MOP20 per overdue day). Renewal depends on the submission of an application letter with reasonable justification and receipt of the fine payment. If no renewal application is made within this period, the Residence Authorization becomes invalid immediately and the duration accumulated for obtaining permanent resident status is forfeited, unless there is appropriate proof that the application is hindered for reasons of force majeure.
2.2 Application Approach (Residence Authorization renewal for persons of Portuguese nationality)
 
1)
After receiving the application, the authorities will issue an "application acceptance receipt", which includes the necessary documents that have not yet been submitted. The interested person (or the legal representative) should submit them within 180 days from the date the receipt is issued (or the date he/she is notified to supplement other documents). Otherwise, the authorities may announce the extinguishment of the application according to Article 103 of the Code of Administrative Procedure.
 
If all the necessary documents are submitted, the interested person (or the legal representative) should come in person to complete the procedures on the date specified on the receipt or by following the instructions on the receipt (e.g. to wait for a notification letter). When coming in person,
 
(1) Present the application acceptance receipt;
(2)
Present the valid Portuguese passport used to apply for Residence Authorization;
(3)
The parent or guardian representing the minor child in the application should present his/her valid identification document and proof of their relationship; other legal representative should present a certified letter of authorization and his/her valid identification document.
 
【Note:
If the interested person is not able come to complete the procedure within 180 days after the appointed date or within the period specified in the notification letter (around 180 days from the date of issue of the letter), it may result in the extinguishment of the application and invalidation of the Residence Authorization.
2)
For approved application, the interested person (or the legal representative) will be issued a "Residence Certificate" after he/she pays the stamp duty of MOP100 within the specified period. For disapproved application, the interested person will receive a written notice of the content of the written instructions and the ways to appeal.
3) Processing time: around 10 working days.
 
【Note:
The processing time will be different if certain necessary documents are not submitted, errors are found in the information provided or the application has to be submitted to the Secretary for Security for approval.】
 
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III. Application for Residence Authorization through Foreigners Subdivision
 
1. Application for Residence Authorization
 
1.1 Application and Necessary Documents
  The application can be made by the interested person or a legal representative by submitting the following:
 
【Note: (1)
The original should be exhibited for authentication if a copy is submitted;
  (2)
If the interested person cannot appear at the Immigration Department, the parent / guardian or another representative should submit a recent photo of the interested person (1.5-inch, full face, no-hat, white-background, coloured/black-and-white photo);
  (3)
Unless the minor is represented by the parent, the representative should submit: a. a certified letter of authorization; b. a copy of his/her valid identification document.】
 
Basic Documents
 
1)
A completed application form (format 4); application form (format 9) is also required if the application includes family members;
 
【Note: (1)
The application form is available at the respective subdivision and the website of the Public Security Police Force;
  (2)
The reason for application or the interested person's intended activity in Macao should be stated in the application form.】
2)
Declaration made in the reputation of the interested person to undertake to comply with the laws of the Macao Special Administrative Region;
 
【Note: (1) If the applicant is 18 years old or above on the day the application is submitted;
  (2)
The Declaration template is available at the respective subdivision and the website of the Public Security Police Force.】
3)
Guarantee (format 5) signed by the guarantor for the purpose of undertaking the interested person's departure expenses;
 
【Note: (1)
The Guarantee template is available at the respective subdivision and the website of the Public Security Police Force;
  (2)
The guarantor should be a permanent resident habitually residing in Macao or a bank.】
4)
Copy of the interested person's valid passport / travel document (bio data page and used pages only, and the Arrival Card for the latest entry to Macao) or identification document used for entry to and departure from Macao;
5) Copy of the interested person's birth certificate or equivalent document;
 
【Note:
6)
Copy of the Macao Resident Identity Card of the reuniting kindred residing in Macao (for cases of family reunion);
7)
"Certificate of Criminal Record" of Macao issued within 90 days (if the interested person is 16 years old or above on the day the application is submitted);
 
【Note:
Application for the Certificate should be made to the Identification Bureau by presenting the application acceptance receipt of "Residence Authorization". The interested person may authorize the Bureau to send the Certificate directly to the Immigration Department.】
8)
Copy of national Certificate of Criminal Record issued by the competent authorities of the latest country or region of domicile (if the interested person is 16 years old or above on the day the application is submitted);
 
【Note:
9)
Copy of document issued by the competent authorities of the interested person's country or region of domicile certifying he/she has continuously been residing in that place for at least two years just before applying for residence in Macao Remark (1)-(3);
 
【Remark: (1)
The requirement of submitting proof of 2-year residence overseas is mainly applicable to Chinese who are originally residents of Mainland China but then emigrated to the Region of Taiwan or a foreign country and granted residence status there;
  (2)
The 2-year residence should be counted from the day the residence status is officially granted and is subject to the actual residing period of two years at that place;
  (3)
The document should be a residence certificate or equivalent document issued by the competent authorities of the country or region in which the person resides. It can be presented in 2 or more certificates (e.g. Residents of the Region of Taiwan may submit their latest household registry transcript / household register and movement records of the Region of Taiwan as evidence of residence.)】
10)
Copy of personal financial documents (e.g. employment certificate, bank book, payment receipt of revenue / sales tax of the interested person or his/her reuniting kindred residing in Macao);
11)
Document indicating the interested person's residential address in Macao (e.g.: copy of water bill, electricity bill, phone bill, etc. of the last 3 months).
 
Other Documents (depending on the case type)
Type of Application Necessary Documents
A. Reunion with spouse
B. Reunion with partner of marriage de facto
Certificate of no marriage, divorce or marriage de facto (for details, please see "Acceptance Standard for Necessary Documents in Application for Residence Authorization")
C. Reunion of minor child with parent(s) residing in Macao
1.
If one of the interested person's parents is not a Macao resident, a written statement of that parent's consent and reason to let the child reside in Macao with the other parent should be submitted;
2. Proof of the minor child studying in Macao (if any).
【Note:
The above statement should contain the declarant's signature which is to be certified by the competent authorities. Otherwise, the declarant is required to sign the statement in the presence of the staff accepting the residence application and present the original of his/her identification document for verification.】
D. Reunion of grown-up child with parent(s) residing in Macao
1.
Certificate of marital status of the grown-up child;
 
【Note:
For details, please see "Acceptance Standard for Necessary Documents in Application for Residence Authorization", but it is not necessary to submit a declaration of the husband and wife's claim to be maintaining marital relation if married.】
2.
Identification document of the spouse and children (if any) if married;
3.
Parent(s)' written statement of the status of the family member(s) (e.g. number of children, age, type of document in possession of, country of domicile, marital status, whether they are Macao residents or not, etc.).
 
【Note:
According to Item 4, Term 1, Article 2 of Administrative Regulation No. 5/2003, family members do not include grown-up children. Therefore, applications for family reunion between grown-ups and their Macao kindred are generally denied. Exceptional approval will only be given on the basis of public interests and for humanitarian reason in extremely special and well-proved cases.】
E. Reunion of parent(s) with child(ren) residing in Macao
1.
Birth certificate of the child(ren) residing in Macao (for details, please see "Acceptance Standard for Necessary Documents in Application for Residence Authorization");
2.
Parents' certificate of marriage (for details, please see "Acceptance Standard for Necessary Documents in Application for Residence Authorization");
3.
Divorce certificate or spouse's death certificate if the parents are divorced or one of them is deceased (for details, please see "Acceptance Standard for Necessary Documents in Application for Residence Authorization");
4. Document stated in D.3.
【Note: (1)
Our staff will take a digital photo for the interested person at the respective subdivision. The interested person can choose to use the digital photo or his/her own recent photo (1.5-inch, full face, no-hat, white-background, coloured/black-and-white photo) on the residence document issued to him/her;
  (2)
Other information should be submitted upon request by the authorities under special circumstances】
1.2 Application Approach
 
1)
The Immigration Department can deny part of or the whole application accordingly if the interested person's passport / travel document and return / re-entry permit is found to be expiring in less than 30 days when he/she submits the application;
2)
After receiving the residence application, the authorities will issue an "application acceptance receipt", which includes the necessary documents that have not yet been submitted. The interested person (or the legal representative) should submit them within 180 days from the date the receipt is issued (or the date he/she is notified to supplement other documents). Otherwise, the authorities may announce the extinguishment of the application according to Article 103 of the Code of Administrative Procedure.
 
If all the necessary documents are submitted, the interested person (or the legal representative) should come in person to complete the follow-up procedures by following the instructions on the receipt (e.g. to wait for a notification letter):
  A.
For approved application, the interested person should pay the fee stated in Point 4) below and collect the "Residence Receipt" as soon as he/she receives the notification letter from the authorities. When coming in person, he/she should:
   
a. Present the application acceptance receipt;
b.
Present the valid passport / travel document / identification document used to apply for Residence Authorization;
c.
The parent or guardian representing the minor child in the application should present his/her valid identification document and proof of their relationship; other legal representative should present a certified letter of authorization and his/her valid identification document;
d.
Submit the "Non-resident Worker's Identification Card" (or the former "Non-resident Worker's Permit", also known as blue card) (if any) for cancellation.
   
【Note: (1)
If the interested person is not able to collect the "Residence Receipt" (because he/she has to be fingerprinted on the Receipt) within 180 days after the appointed date or within the period specified in the notification letter (around 180 days from the date of issue of the letter), it may result in the extinguishment of the application and invalidation of the Residence Authorization.
  (2)
To prevent the above invalidation from happening, the interested person may request the legal representative to pay the fee at the Foreigners Subdivision within the specified period first and then he/she comes in person to collect the "Residence Receipt" later.
  (3)
According to Term 2, Article 22 of Administrative Regulation No. 5/2003, renewal of the Residence Authorization depends on whether the application meets the prerequisites and requisites stipulated in Law No. 4/2003 and the above Administrative Regulation, especially whether the applicant (or the applicant and his/her reuniting kindred, or the applicant and the family members involved in the application and the reuniting kindred) habitually resides in Macao. In other words, they should make Macao a centre of living and reside in Macao for not less than 183 days per year starting from the effective date of the Residence Authorization. In addition, whenever they leave Macao, they should not be away for more than half a year. Otherwise, the applicant's (and the family members involved) application for renewal of Residence Authorization may not be approved.】
  B.
For disapproved application, the interested person will receive a written notice of the content of the written instructions and the means to appeal.
3)
While waiting for the result of the residence application, the interested person can apply to the Foreigners Subdivision for single or multiple extension of Authorization to Stay (by using an application form for extension of "Authorization to Stay", for detail, please see "Special Authorization to Stay" for Applicants of Residence Authorization) by presenting the Application Acceptance Receipt.
4) After the Residence Authorization is granted, the statutory fee and the payment deadline are as follows:
 
Fee Payment Deadline Consequences of Overdue Payment
Residency tax: MOP20,000
(Remark)
Within 20 days from the date the interested person signs to acknowledge the notification of Residence Authorization approval (No extension is allowed except for reasons of force majeure.)
- Invalidation of Residence Authorization
- Interdiction of application for Residence Authorization for 2 years
Service charge:
(Chinese) MOP100
(Others) MOP200
The period specified in the notification letter
(around 180 days from the date of issue of the letter)
- Extinguishment of Residence Authorization application
 
【Remark: (1) Persons listed below are exempted from the residence tax of MOP20,000 by law:
    a. Chinese citizens;
    b. Portuguese citizens;
    c. Reuniting kindred of Macao residents;
    d. Persons exempted from the fee by international treaties;
    e.
Staff recruited from outside by the public administrative authorities of the Macao SAR, or staff recruited from outside to provide service at enterprises which are adjudicated public works or which are concessionaires of public services;
    f.
Buyers and promissory buyers of an immovable of the Macao SAR. The promissory buyers should provide proof of having fulfilled the contract within 180 days from the payment deadline of the respective fee.
  (2)
If the Residence Authorization includes persons other that the reuniting kindred of the interested persons mentioned in Point (1), the fee to be paid by the applicant will be doubled;
  (3)
Interested persons other than those mentioned in Point (1) can be exempted from the fee under exceptional circumstances where reasonable justifications are given.】
2. Application for Residence Authorization Renewal
 
2.1 Application and Necessary Documents
 
The application can be made by the interested person or a legal representative within 30 days before the expiry of the Residence Authorization by submitting the following:
 
【Note: (1)
The original should be exhibited for authentication if a copy is submitted;
  (2)
If the interested person cannot appear at the Immigration Department, the parent / guardian or another representative should submit a recent photo of the interested person (1.5-inch, full face, no-hat, white-background, coloured/black-and-white photo);
  (3)
Unless the minor is represented by the parent, the representative should submit: a. a certified letter of authorization; b. a copy of his/her valid identification document.】
 
1)
 
【Note:
The application form is available at the respective subdivision and the website of the Public Security Police Force.】
2) Copy of the interested person's Macao Non-permanent Resident Identity Card;
3)
Copy of the interested person's valid passport / travel document (bio data page only) or identification document used to apply for Residence Authorization (or its renewal);
4)
Copy of the Macao Resident Identity Card of the reuniting kindred residing in Macao (for cases of family reunion);
5)
Certificate of maintaining marriage / de facto marital relation (for cases including spouse/partner of marriage de facto or residence is granted on the basis of family reunion with spouse / partner of marriage de facto);
 
【Note:
6)
"Certificate of Criminal Record" of Macao issued within 90 days (if the interested person is 16 years old or above on the day the application is submitted);
 
【Note:
Applicants may apply to the Identification Bureau for the certificate first by presenting their Macao Resident Identity Card and authorize the Bureau to send the certificate directly to the Immigration Department. Then they may apply to the Foreigners Subdivision for "Resident Authorization" renewal by presenting the receipt issued by the Identification Bureau and other necessary documents.】
7)
Copy of personal financial documents (e.g. employment certificate, bank book, payment receipt of revenue / sales tax of the interested person or the reuniting kindred residing in Macao);
8)
Copy of water bill, electricity bill, phone bill, etc. of the last 3 months of the latest address (if the interested person has changed address).
Remark: (1)
Other information should be submitted upon request by the authorities under special circumstances;
  (2)
Our staff will take a digital photo for the interested person at the respective subdivision. The interested person can choose to use the digital photo or his/her own recent photo (1.5-inch, full face, no-hat, white-background, coloured/black-and-white photo) on the residence document issued to him/her;
  (3)
According to Term 2, Article 22 of Administrative Regulation No. 5/2003, renewal of the Residence Authorization depends on whether the application meets the prerequisites and requisites stipulated in Law No. 4/2003 and the above Administrative Regulation, especially whether the applicant (or the applicant and his/her reuniting kindred, or the applicant and the family members involved in the application and the reuniting kindred) habitually resides in Macao. In other words, they should make Macao a centre of living and reside in Macao for not less than 183 days per year starting from the effective date of the Residence Authorization. In addition, whenever they leave Macao, they should not be away for more than half a year. Otherwise, the applicant's (and the family members involved) application for renewal of Residence Authorization may not be approved.
Persons who have their final application for renewal of Residence Authorization approved should pay attention to the conditions causing the invalidation of the Residence Authorization specified in Article 24 of the above Administrative Regulation, e.g. not habitually residing in Macao and not meeting the prerequisite for the Residence Authorization. These persons (or their reuniting kindred) should continue to comply with the above stipulation of staying in Macao even during the 5th to 7th years of residence in Macao. Otherwise, their Residence Authorization may be invalidated.
  (4)
The interested person may still apply for renewal within 180 days after the expiry of the Residence Authorization, provided that he/she pays the fine (MOP20 per overdue day). Renewal depends on the submission of an application letter with reasonable justification and receipt of the fine payment. If no renewal application is made within this period, the Residence Authorization becomes invalid immediately and the duration accumulated for obtaining permanent resident status is forfeited, unless there is appropriate proof that the application is hindered for reasons of force majeure.】
2.2 Application Approach
 
1)
After receiving the application, the authorities will issue an "application acceptance receipt", which includes the necessary documents that have not yet been submitted. The interested person (or the legal representative) should submit them within 180 days from the date the receipt is issued (or the date he/she is notified to supplement other documents). Otherwise, the authorities may announce the extinguishment of the application according to Article 103 of the Code of Administrative Procedure.
 
If all the necessary documents are submitted, the interested person (or the legal representative) should come in person to complete the procedures on the date specified on the receipt or by following the instructions on the receipt (e.g. to wait for a notification letter). When coming in person,
  (1) Present the application acceptance receipt;
  (2)
Present the valid passport / travel document / identification document used to apply for Residence Authorization renewal;
  (3)
The parent or guardian representing the minor child in the application should present his/her valid identification document and proof of their relationship; other legal representative should present a certified letter of authorization and his/her valid identification document.
  A.
For approved application, the interested person should come to pay the fee (Chinese: MOP100, Others: MOP200) and collect the "Residence Receipt" within the specified period.
   
【Note:
If the interested person is not able to complete the procedure within 180 days after the appointed date or within the period specified in the notification letter (around 180 days from the date of issue of the letter), it may result in the extinguishment of the application and invalidation of the Residence Authorization.】
  B.
For disapproved application, the interested person will receive a written notice of the content of the written instructions and the ways to appeal.
2) Processing time: around 18 working days.
 
【Note:
The processing time will be different if certain necessary documents are not submitted, errors are found in the information provided or the application has to be submitted to the Secretary for Security for approval.
 
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IV. Major Laws of Examination and Approval of Application for Residence Authorization
  (Residence applications processed according to Law No. 4/2003 and Administrative Regulation No. 5/2003)
 
1. Term 2, Article 9 of Law No. 4/2003 stipulates that:
  To grant the above authorization (Residence Authorization), the following should be considered in particular:
 
A.
Previous criminal crimes, confirmed incompliance against the laws of the Macao SAR or the conditions specified in Article 4 of Law No. 4/2003 (as shown below):
  (1)
Deportation;
  (2)
Prohibition of entry, stay or transit at the Macao SAR according to the international legal instruments applicable to the Macao SAR;
  (3) Interdiction of entry to the Macao SAR;
  (4)
Attempt to evade the stipulations of stay and residence by frequently entering and leaving the Macao SAR at short intervals without reasonable justifications;
  (5) Sentence to the penalty of freedom deprivation in or outside the Macao SAR;
  (6) Strong indication of crime commitment or preparation of crime commitment;
  (7)
No guarantee of return to the place of origin, reason to suspect the authenticity of the travel document, insufficient financial resources to sustain oneself for the intended period of stay, lack of return ticket to the place of origin.
B.
Financial resources of the interested person;
C.
Purpose of residing in the Macao SAR and its feasibility;
D.
Activity that the interested person is engaged in or intends to be engaged in at the Macao SAR;
E. Kinship between the interested person and the Macao SAR resident(s);
F. Humanitarian reasons, particularly lack of survival conditions or family assistance in another country or region.
2. Term 3, Article 9 of Law No. 4/2003 stipulates that:
  Habitual residence of the interested person in the Macao SAR is a condition for maintaining the Residence Authorization.
3. Term 1, Article 10 of Law No. 4/2003 stipulates that:
 
The following are the requisites for granting Residence Authorization, but they do not cast any prejudice to the documents specified in the complementary regulation (i.e. Administrative Regulation No. 5/2003):
 
A.
Payment of the fee for Residence Authorization as specified in the complementary regulation (i.e. MOP20,000 specified in Article 29 of the Regulation);
B. A guarantor or bank guarantee.
4. Term 2, Article 10 of Law No. 4/2003 stipulates that:
 
Payment of the fee specified in Paragraph A above (i.e. MOP20,000) is a condition for the Residence Authorization to come into effect.
5. Term 3, Article 10 of Law No. 4/2003 stipulates that:
 
Chinese citizens residing in Mainland China can be granted Residence Authorization in the Macao SAR only if they possess the document issued by the competent authorities in China for this purpose.
6. Article 11 of Law No. 4/2003 stipulates that:
 
A.
The Chief Executive can, for humanitarian reasons or under exceptional circumstances where reasonable justifications are given, grant Residence Authorization by waiving the requisites and conditions stipulated in this law and the procedures specified in the complementary regulation.
B.
After the above exemption is granted, persons other than those specified in the relevant written instructions cannot request the same exemption on the basis of being in the same situation or having more reasonable justifications.
 
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V. Major Laws of Examination and Approval of Application for Residence Authorization Renewal
  (Residence applications processed according to Law No. 4/2003 and Administrative Regulation No. 5/2003)
 
1. Term 2, Article 22 of Administrative Regulation No. 5/2003 stipulates that:
 
Residence Authorization Renewal depends on whether the presuppositions and requisites stipulated in the principle law (Law No. 4/2003) and the administrative regulation (Administrative Regulation No. 5/2003) are met.
2. Term 3, Article 9 of Law No. 4/2003 stipulates that:
  Habitual residence of the interested person in the Macao SAR is a condition for maintaining the Residence Authorization.
 
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VI. Acceptance Standard for Necessary Documents in Application for Residence Authorization
 
1. Certificate of marriage / de facto marital relation (certificate of no marriage / marriage / divorce and declaration)
 
Status Type of Application Place of Marriage Requirement
Marriage Residence Authorization
(1) Macao SAR
Certificate of latest Macao marriage registration issued within 3 months + declaration of the interested person and his/her spouse (claiming to be maintaining marital relation and cohabiting)
(2) Mainland China
A.
Residence application by "P.R.C. Permit for Travelling to Hong Kong and Macao" holders:
Original marriage certificate or notarial marriage certificate + declaration of the interested person and his/her spouse (claiming to be maintaining marital relation and cohabiting)
B.
Others:
Notarial marriage certificate issued within 6 months + declaration of the interested person and his/her spouse (claiming to be maintaining marital relation and cohabiting)
(3) Hong Kong SAR
Original marriage certificate or true copy of marriage certificate (issued within 6 months) archived at the office of the Registrar in Hong Kong + declaration of the interested person and his/her spouse (claiming to be maintaining marital relation and cohabiting)
(4) Region of Taiwan
Original marriage certificate + household registry transcript / household register of the Region of Taiwan (bearing the marriage registration) issued within 6 months + declaration of the interested person and his/her spouse (claiming to be maintaining marital relation and cohabiting)
(5) Philippines
Certificate of marriage registration ("certified by diplomatic representation") issued by the National Statistics Office within 6 months + declaration of the interested person and his/her spouse (claiming to be maintaining marital relation and cohabiting)
(6) Others
A.
In cases where the marriage registration system is the same as that in Macao (e.g. Angora, Cape Verde, etc.):
Certificate of latest marriage registration ("certified by diplomatic representation") issued within 6 months + declaration of the interested person and his/her spouse (claiming to be maintaining marital relation and cohabiting)
B.
In other cases:
Original marriage certificate ("certified by diplomatic representation" within 6 months) + declaration of the interested person and his/her spouse (claiming to be maintaining marital relation and cohabiting)
   
 
Status Type of Application Place of Marriage Requirement
Marriage Residence Authorization Renewal
(1) Macao SAR
Certificate of latest Macao marriage registration issued within 3 months + declaration of the interested person and his/her spouse (claiming to be maintaining marital relation and cohabiting)
(2) Philippines
A.
Certificate of marriage registration ("certified by diplomatic representation") issued by the National Statistics Office within 6 months + declaration of the interested person and his/her spouse (claiming to be maintaining marital relation and cohabiting)
B.
If it is not possible to present the certificate specified in Point A., a request to submit another document can be made and it can be changed to → declaration of the interested person, his/her spouse and 2 witnesses (claiming to be maintaining marital relation and cohabiting)
(3) Others
A.
In cases where the marriage registration system is the same as that in Macao (e.g. Angora, Cape Verde, etc.):
  (i)
Certificate of latest marriage registration ("certified by diplomatic representation") issued within 6 months + declaration of the interested person and his/her spouse (claiming to be maintaining marital relation and cohabiting)
  (ii)
If it is not possible to present the certificate specified in Point A. (i), a request to submit another document can be made and it can be changed to → declaration of the interested person, his/her spouse and 2 witnesses (claiming to be maintaining marital relation and cohabiting)
B.
In other cases:
Declaration of the interested person, his/her spouse and 2 witnesses (claiming to be maintaining marital relation and cohabiting)
Marriage de facto (in accordance with Article 1472 of the Civil Code) Residence Authorization /
A.
Declaration of the interested person, his/her spouse and 2 witnesses (claiming the interested person and his/her partner have been cohabiting voluntarily like husband and wife for at least two years)
B.
"Certificate of no marriage" issued within 6 months by the competent authorities of the place of origin (or issued within 3 months in Macao) if both parties have never been married ("certification by diplomatic representation" is required if the certificate is issued in a place other Mainland China, the Macao SAR, the Hong Kong SAR and the Region of Taiwan)
C.
Certificate of marriage dissolution if any party had married before:
  (i)
Issued in the Macao SAR: Certificate of marriage registration bearing the marriage dissolution record (issued within 3 months)
  (ii)
Issued in the Hong Kong SAR: Divorce certificate (affixed with a confirmation stamp of the competent authorities of Hong Kong within 6 months)
  (iii)
Issued in the Region of Taiwan: Original divorce certificate + household registry transcript / household register of the Region of Taiwan bearing the divorce record (issued within 6 months)
  (iv)
Issued in Mainland China: Notarial divorce certificate (issued within 6 months)
  (v)
Issued in other places: Certificate "certified by diplomatic representation" within 6 months
D.
Death certificate of the original spouse if any party is a widow/widower (for details, please see the requirements for death certificate)
Residence Authorization Renewal /
Declaration of the interested person, his/her spouse and 2 witnesses (claiming the interested person and his/her partner are still cohabiting voluntarily like husband and wife)
   
2. Birth / adoption / death certificate and certificate of criminal record
 
Type of Certificate Place of Birth / Adoption / Death Requirement
Birth / Adoption / Death Certificate
【The requirement that the birth certificate with "*" should be issued or certified within 6 months is directed at cases where the birth certificate is required to serve as proof of kindred and cases where the personal information declared before by the interested person is different from that declared in this application】
(1) Macao SAR
Certificate of birth registry / adoption / death issued by the Macao Civil Affairs Registry (within 3 months)
(2) Mainland China
Notarial birth* / adoption / death certificate issued by the competent authorities of the Mainland China (within 6 months)
(3) Hong Kong SAR
Certificate of birth registry* / adoption / death issued by the competent authorities of Hong Kong (within 6 months)
(4) Region of Taiwan
Original birth / adoption / death certificate + household registry transcript / household register of the Region of Taiwan bearing the birth* / adoption / death record (issued within 6 months)
(5) Others
Birth* / adoption / death certificate issued by the competent authorities of the country ("certified by diplomatic representation" within 6 months)
Certificate of Criminal Record Issued in Latest Place of Domicile
【within 6 months】
(1) Mainland China
"Notarial Certificate of No Criminal Conviction" or "Notarial Certificate of Criminal Record" issued by the competent authorities of the Mainland China
(2) Hong Kong SAR
"Certificate of No Criminal Conviction" issued by the Hong Kong Police Headquarters
(3) Region of Taiwan
"Police Criminal Record Certificate" issued by the Police of the Region of Taiwan
(4) Others
National certificate of criminal record issued by the competent authorities of the country ("certified by diplomatic representation")
 
【Remark: (1)
The declaration listed in Table 1 serving as proof of (maintaining) marriage or de facto marital relation should contain the declarant's signature which is to be certified by the competent authorities of Macao or another country/region. Otherwise, the interested person, his/her spouse (or partner of marriage de facto) and the two witnesses are required to come in person, sign the declaration in the presence of the staff accepting the application and present the original of their identification document for verification.
  (2) The service unit will provide the template of the declaration listed in Table 1.
  (3)
The service unit will only collect the copies of the above documents, but the originals have to be exhibited for authentication.
  (4)
The international practice of having the above foreign documents (not including those of the Mainland China, the Hong Kong SAR and the Region of Taiwan) "certified by diplomatic representation" (or "certified by consular representation") in order to ensure its authenticity is not applicable in the following situations:
    i.
The document comes with the Apostille certification concluded by the Hague Convention (the Apostille certificate should be issued within 6 months. For details, please see the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, 5 October 1961 at the website: http://www.hcch.net);
    ii.
The document is issued by a country which has certification-free agreement with Macao (e.g. according to the legal and judicial assistance agreement with Portugal and East Timor, documents and translations issued or certified by the court or competent authorities of these two countries require no certification as long as they are affixed with an official stamp.).
  (5)
The current procedure of "certification by diplomatic representation" of civil registration certificates issued by the Philippine authorities is as follows:
    i. The competent department issuing the certificate verifies the document;
    ii.
A consular official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines issues an "Authentication Certificate" to certify that the document is truly issued by the competent authorities of the country;
    iii.
The Philippine consulate in Macao or the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines certifies the authenticity and legality of the signature of the above Philippine official.
  (6)
The requirement that foreign documents are accepted only if they are issued within 6 months is stipulated in Article 28 of Macao Law No. 5/98/M.】
 
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VII.
Procedures of Application for Authorization to Stay and Receipt of Residence Authorization for Residence Authorization Applications through Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute
 
A. Service unit: Foreigners Subdivision of the Immigration Department
B. Charge (or Tax): Free of charge
C. Application approach and procedure
 
1. Application for Residence Authorization
  1.1
Procedure of Application for "Special Authorization to Stay" (35 minutes)
    1)
Persons who have submitted an application for Residence Authorization to the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute ("IPIM") according to Administrative Regulation No. 3/2005 and need to extend their stay in Macao may come in person or asks a legal representative to come to the Foreigners Subdivision of the Immigration Department to apply for "Special Authorization to Stay" by submitting:
     
【Note: i.
Unless the minor is represented by the parent, the representative should submit: a. a certified letter of authorization; b. a copy of his/her valid identification document.
  ii.
The original should be exhibited for authentication if a copy is submitted.】
      (1) A completed application form;
       
【Note:
The application form is available at the respective subdivision and the website of the Public Security Police Force】
      (2) A completed "Declaration of Identity";
       
【Note: i.
The Declaration template is available at the respective subdivision and the website of the Public Security Police Force;
  ii.
The interested person is required to sign the Declaration in the presence of the staff accepting the application for verification. If he/she is not able to show up, the signature on the (completed) Declaration will be authenticated by the competent authorities, or the Declaration is to be completed by a legal representative. The latter should also submit a certified letter of authorization, a copy of the interested person's birth certificate, certificate of marital status (not applicable to unmarried applicants) and a document indicating the interested person's residential address in Macao. To avoid any delay in the issue of the "Residence Receipt" due to incomplete or incorrect information, it is necessary to complete the Declaration with accurate personal information.】
      (3)
A copy of the interested person's valid passport / travel document (bio data page and observation pages only) or identification document used to apply for "Residence Authorization";
      (4)
2 copies of the "Declaration" issued by IPIM (certifying that the application for Residence Authorization is under examination).
   
2)
All 10 fingers of the interested person have to be fingerprinted (applicable to applicants who come in person and applicants under 5 years old are exempted).
3)
Applicants who meet the requirements will be granted a maximum of 9 months of "Special Authorization to Stay".
4)
Documents (1), a copy of document (3) specified in Point 1) and a copy of the "declaration" issued by IPIM are required if the "Special Authorization to Stay" has to be extended. Generally, the application for extension will be processed according to the "Quality Criterion".
   
【Note:
  1.2
Procedure of Application for "Residence Receipt" after Residence Authorization is granted (7 working days of processing time)
   
1) Persons who have applied for "Special Authorization to Stay" before
 
The application can be made by the interested person or a legal representative by submitting the following:
 
【Note: i.
Unless the minor is represented by the parent, the representative should submit: a. a certified letter of authorization; b. a copy of his/her valid identification document.
  ii.
If the interested person cannot appear at the Immigration Department, the parent / guardian or another representative should submit a recent photo of the interested person (1.5-inch, full face, no-hat, white-background, coloured/black-and-white photo);
  iii. The original should be exhibited for authentication if a copy is submitted.
  (1)
Copy of the "Approval Notification of Residence Authorization" issued by IPIM;
  (2)
Copy of the interested person's valid passport / travel document (bio data page and observation pages only) or identification document used to apply for "Residence Authorization";
   
【Note:
When collecting the "Residence Receipt", the original of the above document should be exhibited for authentication.】
  (3)
A recent 1.5-inch, full face, no-hat, white-background photo or digital photo taken free of charge at the Immigration Department;
  (4)
Application form of change of personal information or notification of change of address, together with supporting documents such as birth certificate, certificate of marital status or document indicating the residential address, if there is any change in the personal information or address of the interested person.
2) Persons who have never applied for "Special Authorization to Stay"
  (1)
Besides documents (1) – (3) listed in Point 1) of Section 1.2, a completed "Declaration of Identity" should also be submitted;
   
【Note: i.
The Declaration template is available at the respective subdivision and the website of the Public Security Police Force;
  ii.
The interested person is required to sign the Declaration in the presence of the staff accepting the application for verification. If he/she is not able to show up, the signature on the (completed) Declaration will be authenticated by the competent authorities, or the Declaration is to be completed by a legal representative. The latter should also submit a certified letter of authorization, a copy of the interested person's birth certificate, certificate of marital status (not applicable to unmarried applicants) and a document indicating the interested person's residential address in Macao. To avoid any delay in the issue of the "Residence Receipt" due to incomplete or incorrect information, it is necessary to complete the Declaration with accurate personal information.】
  (2)
All 10 fingers of the interested person have to be fingerprinted (applicable to applicants who come in person and applicants under 5 years old are exempted).
3) Processing of application
  (1)
After receiving the above documents, the authorities will issue an "application acceptance receipt", which includes information such as the date of collection of the "Residence Receipt";
  (2)
After confirmation of receipt of the residence approval letter from IPIM to the Public Security Police Force and the accuracy of the necessary documents and information, the authorities will prepare the "Residence Receipt". The interested person is required to collect the Receipt in person (because he/she has to be fingerprinted on the Receipt).
  (3)
If any error is found in the information during investigation, the authorities will notify the interested person to supplement relevant supporting documents (e.g. birth certificate, marriage certificate, divorce certificate or death certificate of spouse). Therefore, the "Residence Receipt" can only be issued after all necessary documents are submitted and all irregularities are fixed.
2. Application for Residence Authorization Renewal
  2.1
Procedure of Application for "Residence Receipt" after Residence Authorization is renewed (7 working days of processing time)
    1)
The interested person should submit the renewal application to IPIM before the expiry of Residence Authorization. After receiving the approval notification from IPIM, the interested person or a legal representative may apply for "Residence Receipt" by submitting:
     
【Note: i.
Unless the minor is represented by the parent, the representative should submit: a. a certified letter of authorization; b. a copy of his/her valid identification document.
  ii.
If the interested person cannot appear at the Immigration Department, the parent / guardian or another representative should submit a recent photo of the interested person (1.5-inch, full face, no-hat, white-background, coloured/black-and-white photo);
  iii. The original should be exhibited for authentication if a copy is submitted.
      (1)
Copy of the "Approval Notification of Residence Authorization Renewal" issued by IPIM;
      (2)
Copy of the interested person's valid passport / travel document (bio data page and observation pages only) or identification document used to apply for "Residence Authorization" renewal;
       
【Note:
When collecting the "Residence Receipt", the original of the above document should be exhibited for authentication.】
      (3)
A recent 1.5-inch, full face, no-hat, white-background photo or digital photo taken free of charge at the Immigration Department;
      (4)
Application form of change of personal information or notification of change of address, together with copies of supporting documents such as birth certificate, certificate of marital status or document indicating the residential address, if there is any change in the personal information or address of the interested person.
    2) Processing of application
      (1)
After receiving the above documents, the authorities will issue an "application acceptance receipt", which includes information such as the date of collection of the "Residence Receipt";
      (2)
After confirmation of receipt of the renewal approval letter from IPIM to the Public Security Police Force and the accuracy of the necessary documents and information, the authorities will prepare the "Residence Receipt". The interested person is required to collect the Receipt in person (because he/she has to be fingerprinted on the Receipt)
D. Effective date of Residence Authorization For details, please see Point 1 in Section IX
E. Expiry of "Residence Receipt" For details, please see Point 2 in Section IX
F. Expiry of Residence Authorization stated in the "Residence Receipt"
Determined by the competent authorities but no longer than 3 years as stipulated by law
G. Application for "Macao Permanent Resident Identity Card" For details, please see Point 3 in Section IX
H. Change of address For details, please see Point 4 in Section VIII
I.
Applicants may make the application by approaching the subdivision concerned and waiting for their turn, or by using our Online Appointment System. Click here for online appointment.
 
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VIII. Reminder after Approval of Residence Authorization through Residents Subdivision
 
1. Expiry of "Residence Certificate"
 
"Residence Certificate" is valid for 90 days from the date of issue. Within this period, the applicant can apply to the Identification Bureau for a "Macao Non-Permanent Resident Identity Card" (persons who have been verified preliminarily by the Bureau to be eligible to be a permanent resident in Macao, i.e. persons whose "P.R.C. Permit for Travelling to Hong Kong and Macao" bears an "R" symbol, may apply to the Bureau for a "Macao Permanent Resident Identity Card"). If no application is made within this period, the "Residence Authorization" will be invalid. Applicants have to apply to the Residents Subdivision for "Residence Authorization" again.
2. Expiry of Residence Authorization stated in the "Residence Certificate"
 
Target People Expiry
1. "P.R.C. Permit for Travelling to Hong Kong and Macao" holders
No expiry
2.
Minor children who are born outside the Macao S.A.R. and whose parents are Macao permanent residents / "P.R.C. Permit for Travelling to Hong Kong and Macao" holders granted residence in Macao
No expiry
3. Persons of Portuguese nationality See Remark*
1 year from the date of approval for persons granted Residence Authorization
2 years from the expiry of the last Residence Authorization for persons granted Residence Authorization renewal
 
Remark*:
Only persons of Portuguese nationality are required to apply for Residence Authorization renewal at the Immigration Department.
3. Application for "Macao Permanent Resident Identity Card"
 
1)
After collecting a "Macao Non-Permanent Resident Identity Card" from the Identification Bureau, persons listed in Point 1 (not including those who have been verified preliminarily by the Identification Bureau to be eligible to be a permanent resident in Macao, i.e. persons whose "P.R.C. Permit for Travelling to Hong Kong and Macao" bears an "R" symbol) and Point 2 of the above table do not have to apply to the Immigration Department for Residence Authorization renewal. They can apply to the Identification Bureau for a "Macao Permanent Resident Identity Card" after residing in Macao consecutively for 7 years from the date of approval of the Residence Authorization application.
2)
If the persons listed in Point 1 have been verified preliminarily by the Identification Bureau to be eligible to be a permanent resident in Macao, they do not have to apply to the Immigration Department for Residence Authorization renewal. They can apply directly to the Identification Bureau for a "Macao Permanent Resident Identity Card" by presenting the "Residence Certificate" issued to them upon approval of their Residence Authorization application.
3)
Persons of Portuguese nationality are required to apply to the Immigration Department for Residence Authorization renewal. They also need to apply to the Identification Bureau for a new "Macao Non-Permanent Resident Identity Card" by presenting the "Residence Certificate" issued to them upon each approval of renewal application. They can apply to the Bureau for a "Macao Permanent Resident Identity Card" after they are granted residence in Macao for 7 consecutive years.
【Note:
If the persons listed in Point 2 of the above table and the persons of Portuguese nationality are not recognized as a "Macao permanent resident" by the Identification Bureau for not habitually residing in Macao, their Residence Authorization becomes invalid according to Article 24 of Administrative Regulation No. 5/2003. If they intend to continue residing in Macao, they have to apply to the relevant department for Residence Authorization again.】
4. Changing of Address
  Articles 27 and 33 of Administrative Regulation No. 5/2003 stipulates that:
 
If there is any change of address, persons who are granted Residence Authorization should notify the Immigration Department within 30 days from the date of occurrence;
Persons who do not notify the authorities of the change of address will be fined MOP1,000;
Recidivists will be fined double;
Recidivism means the same offence is repeated within 1 year from the date of last offence.
 
【Note:
For details, please see "Notice of Change of Address" (Chinese version / Portuguese version only).】
5. Renewal of Residence Authorization after Expiry
 
Renewal of Residence Authorization after its expiry incurs a fine of MOP20 per overdue day. (Article 36 of Administrative Regulation No. 5/2003)
 
The interested person may still apply for renewal within 180 days after the expiry of the Residence Authorization by paying the above fine. If no renewal application is made within this period, the Residence Authorization becomes invalid immediately and the duration accumulated for obtaining permanent resident status is forfeited, unless there is appropriate proof that the application is hindered for reasons of force majeure. (Article 23 of Administrative Regulation No. 5/2003)
 
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IX. Reminder after Approval of Residence Authorization through Foreigners Subdivision
 
1. Effective date of Residence Authorization
 
Type of Case
Effective Date
1.
MOP20,000 residence tax is mandatory
Date of payment or date of exemption
2.
The above residence tax is waived by law
Date of approval by written instructions (unless remarks are stated in the written instructions)
2. Expiry of "Residence Receipt"
 
1)
"Residence Receipt" is valid for 60 days from the date of issue. Within this period, the applicant can apply to the Identification Bureau for a "Macao Non-Permanent Resident Identity Card". If no application is made within this period, the "Residence Receipt" will be invalid. According to Item 3, Term 1, Article 31 of Administrative Regulation No. 5/2003, the fee for the reissue of a "Residence Receipt" at the Immigration Department is MOP200. However, if the "Residence Receipt" is lost, damaged, stolen or expires and reasonable justification is given, the fee will be MOP50.
2) Expiry of Residence Authorization stated in the "Residence Receipt"
 
Upon approval of the residence application, the interested person will be granted Residence Authorization which expires in 1 year in principle from the effective date. He/she has to apply to the Foreigners Subdivision of the Immigration Department for renewal within 30 days before its expiry date. Each renewed Residence Authorization expires in 2 years.
 
e.g.:
If the interested person is granted Residence Authorization on 1 January 2005 and the Residence Authorization is renewed every 2 years, the expiry of the Residence Authorization will be as follows:
 
Date of Approval by Written Instructions Expiry Date
1 January 2005 (approval of application) 31 December 2005
Date of approval of renewal application* 31 December 2007
Date of approval of renewal application* 31 December 2009
Date of approval of renewal application* 31 December 2011
 
*
The date of approval of the renewal application depends on the date the interested person submits the renewal application and the time for examination by the authorities
3. Application for "Macao Permanent Resident Identity Card"
 
The interested person has to apply to the Immigration Department for Residence Authorization renewal and apply to the Identification Bureau for a new "Macao Non-Permanent Resident Identity Card" by presenting the "Residence Receipt" issued to him/her upon approval of the renewal application. He/she can apply to the Bureau for a "Macao Permanent Resident Identity Card" after he/she is granted residence in Macao for 7 consecutive years.
 
【Note:
If the interested person is not recognized as a "Macao permanent resident" by the Identification Bureau for not habitually residing in Macao, his/her Residence Authorization becomes invalid according to Article 24 of Administrative Regulation No. 5/2003. If he/she intends to continue residing in Macao, he/she has to apply to the relevant department for Residence Authorization again.】
4. Change of Address For details, please see Point 4 in Section VIII
5. Renewal of Residence Authorization after Expiry For details, please see Point 5 in Section VIII
 
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