The capital has started issuing certificates to qualified non-locals, ending a more than 30-year policy of temporary ‘stay cards’
Prospective buyers attend a real estate trade fair in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, on Monday. People will be allowed to purchase only one property in certain areas of the city, while those buying a second property will need to make a down payment of no less than 40 percent of the purchase price, the local government said.
On Oct 1, as part of the reform of China’s residency system, Beijing began issuing residence certificates, ending the 31-year policy of temporary “stay cards” for residents without a Beijing hukou.
On Saturday morning, a resident of Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei province surnamed Zhang, visited a police station in the Xicheng district and handed in an application form along with his ID materials, according to report by China National Radio.
The entire process took about 15 minutes and in 15 days, Zhang may be among the first group of people to obtain a Beijing residential certificate under the newpolicy.
For many years, citizens’ rights were related to hukou, the government system of household registration which officially identifies a person as a resident of a specific area.
Local governments in provinces or cities in certain areas provide different rights to citizens, based on whether they have hukou. For many years, the Beijing municipal government issued temporary residence certificates to people without hukou who were studying, working or living in the Chinese capital to make their stay more convenient.
However, people without hukou still faced inconveniences in obtaining hospital treatment, applying for driver's licenses and benefiting from social security insurance.
To help people such as these to better enjoy the city’s public services, the Beijing government decided to start issuing residence certificates to replace the temporary stay cards.
Zhang Chewei, head of the Institute of Population and Labor Economics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the newpolicy is a big step toward providing equal public service to all residents of the city.
“Even though the ones who get the residence certificate still can’t obtain exactly the same services compared with local citizens, the new system has already provided more key services compared with the old one,” he said.
Under the policy, people who have stayed in Beijing for more than six months can apply for the residence certificate, but they will have to meet one of three conditions: He or she must have a stable job for the following six months at least, or have a stable place of residence for more than six months or be studying at official schools or institutions in the city.
The new system has already provided more key services compared with the old one.”
Zhang Chewei, head of the Institute of Population and Labor Economics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences