Green Card Re­form

Beijing Review - - This Week Society -

China has be­gun mak­ing a se­ries of changes to rules re­gard­ing per­ma­nent res­i­dence for for­eign­ers, ac­cord­ing to a plan is­sued by the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity (MPS).

The for­eign­ers’ per­ma­nent res­i­dence card will be re­named the for­eign­ers’ per­ma­nent res­i­dence iden­tity card.

Sim­i­lar to the IDs used by Chi­nese cit­i­zens, for­eign­ers’ iden­tity in­for­ma­tion will be em­bed­ded in the chips on the ma­chine-read­able cards to be shared by rail­ways, air­lines, in­surance agen­cies, ho­tels and banks.

The old ver­sion can­not be rec­og­nized by ma­chines, and for­eign­ers of­ten face dif­fi­culty in iden­tity au­then­ti­ca­tion, an MPS of­fi­cial said.

“The card will make ev­ery­thing eas­ier,” said an Amer­i­can who has been in China for over 20 years, iden­ti­fy­ing him­self only by his first name, Jonathan. Jonathan re­ceived his Chi­nese green card three years ago.

“What’s in­con­ve­nient is that so few for­eign­ers have them, and peo­ple don’t know how to deal with them,” he added. “I hope that staff at both gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and ser­vice sec­tors will be more fa­mil­iar with its func­tions.”

For­eign­ers can ap­ply for the new ver­sion at the orig­i­nal reg­is­tra­tion au­thor­i­ties, while the old ver­sion can be used un­til the ex­piry date.

Ap­proved by the Cen­tral Lead­ing Group for Deep­en­ing Over­all Re­form, the re­form plan serves the na­tion’s high-cal­iber per­son­nel devel­op­ment strat­egy, which is to at­tract more in­no­va­tive and en­tre­pre­neur­ial peo­ple from over­seas, and re­sponds to so­cial con­cerns, the MPS of­fi­cial said.

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