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Canceling work permit, keeping the residence permit

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Hi guys,

I'm in a situation where I'm leaving my company, but don't want to leave China just yet. My residence permit (sticker in my passport) is good until the summer of next year. My company and I want to sever as many legal bonds between us (put an end to the related insurance, taxes, etc. that come with the work visa), yet allow me to remain in China and do as I please afterwards. Then they won't have to worry about me, and I'll be free to either tour China for a while or look for the next job. 

My question is this: once my company cancels my work permit (the little purple/red book), will the government put any pressure on us to get me to hand in my passport to get the residence permit (sticker in my passport) canceled? I know I'm technically supposed to cancel the residence permit after canceling the work permit, but if I don't, will the government come after me?

I did a bunch of searches to find the answer to this question, but all the results I'm finding are from years ago. 

Are their any issues I should be aware of now in 2018?

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I have searched the same thing...my understanding is that when your work permit is cancelled you are automatically switched to a 30 day tourist visa whether or not you hand your passport in...I'd like to know the answer to this question too though.

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When your work permit is cancelled you should also hand in your passport to have the Residency Visa cancelled and replaced with a single Exit 30 day visa to leave the country. This Exit visa can not usually be extended or changed while you are still in China.

The people I know who have had this happen to them half had to do a visa run to HK the others did manage to get their visa's renewed in Shanghai. It could depend what your last employer says on the cancellation documents used, maybe they wanted to kick someone out of the country.

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Your work permit and residence permit are different. They can cancel your work permit but you still keep your residence permit, which allows you to enter and exit China until it expires. 

In theory, once they cancel your work permit, you have to report it to the police. However, they do not care. I quit from my previous job in early September and when to get a new work permit in late October. Once, with the new work permit, I went to the police to get a new residence permit. In between, I went to Europe for October 1st holidays.

Thus, without a work permit, you can stay legally in China.

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