Service of Certifying the Status of Overseas Chinese, Returned Overseas Chinese、 and Their Relatives (Overseas Chinese Affairs and Taiwan Affairs Office)
Service Address：Room 508, No. 218, Wulu muqi Nan Lu
Service Hours：8:30am-11:30am, 1:30pm-5:30pm, Mon-Fri
Overseas Chinese: Chinese citizens with permanent residence abroad;
Returned Overseas Chinese; overseas Chinese resident back in China;
Relatives of Overseas Chinese: relatives of overseas Chinese and returned overseas Chinese, who are resident in China.
1. The status of Relatives of Overseas Chinese is certified by the district Overseas Chinese Affairs Office (“OCAO”). Materials required：evidence showing the relation between the relative and the overseas Chinese or returned overseas Chinese;
2. The status of overseas Chinese is certified by the OCAO of the municipal, district or county level government. Materials required：certificate of overseas residence and its Chinese translation;
3. The status of returned overseas Chinese is certified by the OCAO of the municipal government.
Required application materials for status certification of returned overseas Chinese：written application letter; records in the archives of the applicant regarding overseas birth, living or working or certificate of overseas residence of the applicant and its Chinese translation.
Procedures：The applicant files the application to the district OCAO, which will verify the relevant facts and then issues a letter and the application materials to the Domestic Division of the Municipal OCAO, which will decide whether to recognize the status based on the specific situation of the applicant. The district OCAO will then notify the applicant of the result.
Making of Certificate of Returned Overseas Chinese (the “Certificate”): Returned overseas Chinese, whose such status has been certified, are required to provide the district OCAO with two one-cun recent photos and to fill in the returned overseas Chinese investigation form. The district OCAO will send, in a package, the photos and the investigation forms to the Domestic Division of the Municipal OCAO, which will make the Certificate. The district OCAO will then deliver the Certificate to the returned overseas Chinese. In the event that returned overseas Chinese loses the Certificate and applies for re-issue, the applicant needs to provide a one-cun (=1/3 decimetre) recent photo, cost of Certificate making and a written statement of the loss, which should be confirmed by the district OCAO with its chop on. Then the above materials will be submitted to the Municipal OCAO for making the Certificate.
Legal Basis for Such Administrative Approvals: 1. PRC Law for Protecting the Rights and Interests of Returned Overseas Chinese And Their Relatives of September 7 1990, as revised on October 31 2000; 2. Implementing Measures of PRC Law for Protecting the Rights and Interests of Returned Overseas Chinese And Their Relatives of July 19 1993； 3. (Trial) Circular Explaining the Identity of Overseas Chinese, Returned Overseas Chinese, Overseas Chinese Students, Returned Overseas Chinese Students and their relatives, promulgated by the Overseas Chinese Office of the State Council(Guoqiaofa  No.2) ； 4. Reply regarding the Recognition of Identity of Returned Overseas Chinese, issued by the Overseas Chinese Office of the State Council ( qiaoneizi No.019) ； 5. Measures of Implementing PRC Law for Protecting the Rights and Interests of Returned Overseas Chinese And Their Relatives of Shanghai of November 27 1992, as revised on July 12 1999.
The above service is free of charge.