Q: What investor registration documents or identity documents should be provided for foreign enterprises or natural persons to invest in China?
A: The examination and approval system is still applicable to the establishment and modification of foreign invested enterprises that involved special management measures of foreign investment access according to Notice on the Implementing the Implementation Opinions of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, Ministry of Commerce, General Administration of Customs and State Administration of Foreign Exchange on Several Issues Applicable for Law of Examination, Approval, Registration and Administration of Foreign-funded Enterprises (No.188  on Foreign Affairs or Nationals of Suzhou Municipal Administration for Industry and Commerce):
Where an investor is an organization (a legal person), valid documents of subject qualifications of legal proprietors, such as the business license, operation permit or registration documents and so on, shall be provided. Meanwhile, the subject qualification accreditation and notarized documents issued by China embassies or consulates and the notary offices of the country where such investors stay shall be provided.
2. Natural persons as the investors shall submit their valid identifications. Foreign investors shall submit their original passports, which need not to be notarized or authenticated. As for investors from Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions, and Taiwan, the former shall submit their original identity cards and mainland travel permits, while the latter only shall submit their mainland travel permits, and all of the above mentioned documents need not to be notarized. For overseas Chinese, their original passports and residential permits issued by foreign governments shall be submitted, both of which need not to be notarized or authenticated. As regards the establishment and change of foreign-invested enterprises that are not covered by the Special Administrative Measures for the Access of Foreign Investment, the enterprises or their investors shall apply for the record-keeping through the Foreign Investment Management System (FIMS) (http://wzzxbs.mofcom.gov.cn/). The proof of the entity status or the natural person’s proof of identity shall be scanned and uploaded as well.