Chi­nese Green Card Process Sim­pli­fied

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In 2017, China's Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity re­leased a new reg­u­la­tion to ex­pand the scope of ex­pats ca­pa­ble of ap­ply­ing for China's per­ma­nent res­i­dency per­mit, or green card. For­eign­ers work­ing for seven cat­e­gories of in­sti­tu­tions in­clud­ing the R&D depart­ments, na­tional en­gi­neer­ing tech­nol­ogy cen­ters, and for­eign-in­vested R&D cen­ters have been added to the ap­pli­ca­tion list. In March 2018, the State Im­mi­gra­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion (SIA) was es­tab­lished and the ex­am­i­na­tion and ap­provals process for green cards was sig­nif­i­cantly sim­pli­fied – re­duc­ing the wait­ing time from 180 to 50 work­ing days. Ma­jor cities in­clud­ing Bei­jing have launched fast track ap­pli­ca­tion sys­tems, fur­ther low­er­ing the thresh­old of em­ploy­ers and years worked. Of­fi­cial statis­tics showed that within two months af­ter the SIA was set up, 1,881 ap­pli­ca­tions for green cards were ap­proved, ex­ceed­ing the to­tal num­ber for the whole of 2017. Over the years, China's im­mi­gra­tion man­age­ment has fo­cused on safety and pre­cau­tions but is nowa­days tak­ing a dif­fer­ent ap­proach – one which fo­cuses on at­tract­ing in­ter­na­tional tal­ent and en­cour­ag­ing skilled mi­grants to set­tle.

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