Shang­hai sees 12-fold in­crease in ‘green cards’

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Un­der loos­ened visa poli­cies in ef­fect since July to at­tract more for­eign tal­ent to Shang­hai, 12 times more ex­pats have ob­tained per­ma­nent res­i­dence cards in the past five months than dur­ing the same pe­riod last year.

Since July 1, the Exit-En­try Ad­min­is­tra­tion Bureau of Shang­hai’s Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Bureau has is­sued 1,708 en­try visas and res­i­dence per­mits for qual­i­fied ex­pa­tri­ates to work and live in Shang­hai 715 of which were per­ma­nent res­i­dence per­mits, or “green cards”.

“Those new en­try-exit poli­cies is­sued ear­lier this year have suc­cess­fully at­tracted and re­tained more high-tal­ent for­eign pro­fes­sion­als to sup­port the trans­for­ma­tion of the city to be a sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion cen­ter,” said Bai Shaokang, Shang­hai’s deputy mayor and di­rec­tor of pub­lic se­cu­rity, at a news con­fer­ence on Mon­day held to sum­ma­rize the poli­cies.

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A Christ­mas tree that is more than 10 me­ters (32 feet) high stands in front of Beijing Wang­fu­jing Depart­ment Store, on Dec 18.

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