Shang­hai is­sues over 500 green cards in 2 months

Shanghai Daily - - TOP NEWS - Chen Huizhi

MORE than 500 ap­pli­cants in Shang­hai have re­ceived their Chi­nese green cards over the past two months — al­most as many as those is­sued in a year’s time — as China strives to im­prove its ser­vice ef­fi­ciency.

Shang­hai Exit-En­try Ad­min­is­tra­tion Bureau is­sued be­tween 400 and 500 green cards an­nu­ally in the last two years.

The city’s lat­est num­ber ac­counted for about 30 per­cent of all for­eign­ers in China who have re­ceived the green cards over the past two months.

The State Im­mi­gra­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion was set up in early April, amid the coun­try’s in­sti­tu­tional re­form and Cab­i­net reshuf­fle to make the gov­ern­ment bet­ter-structured, more ef­fi­cient and ser­vice-ori­ented.

Since the es­tab­lish­ment, the new ad­min­is­tra­tion has stream­lined green card ap­pli­ca­tion process.

Ning Lan, a bio­med­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing pro­fes­sor at Shang­hai Jiao Tong Univer­sity, re­ceived his green card yes­ter­day.

Lan, who has been with the univer­sity since 2009, is a Chi­nese-born US cit­i­zen. He earned his doc­toral de­gree in the United States.

Shang­hai in­tro­duced a green card rule in De­cem­ber 2016 that made it pos­si­ble for him to ap­ply for the card.

“When I ap­plied in Oc­to­ber last year, I was told to wait for six to 12 months, so I’m happy that I have it now,” he said.

Lan ex­pects life to be­come eas­ier with the per­ma­nent res­i­dence card, a chip-em­bed­ded card, which is the size of a Chi­nese ID card.

“I hope I don’t have to carry my pass­port with me to buy train tick­ets or take do­mes­tic flights and check into a ho­tel,” he said.

Lan was one of the more than 200 Chi­nese-born for­eign na­tion­als with doc­toral de­grees who ap­plied for a Chi­nese green card in Shang­hai last year, the city’s exit-en­try bureau said.

Den­nis Scott, as­sis­tant chief de­signer of Com­mer­cial Air­craft Corp of China who has been in Shang­hai for seven years, also got his Chi­nese green card yes­ter­day.

“I feel very pleased and hon­ored to re­ceive the green card,” he said. “I think it’s a good sign that China is look­ing to make life eas­ier for over­seas ex­perts.”

Scott, how­ever, said the func­tions of the card are yet to be fully un­der­stood.

“Many peo­ple work­ing in ho­tels, for ex­am­ple, are ap­par­ently not fa­mil­iar with the card. They still ask for pass­ports,” he said. “But I’m sure with time the card will be­come more vis­i­ble and gen­eral ser­vices will un­der­stand the sig­nif­i­cance of it.”

In the last two months, about 270 for­eign na­tion­als have ap­plied for Chi­nese green card in Shang­hai.

Sci­en­tists, en­trepreneurs, ex­ec­u­tives, spouses and chil­dren of green card hold­ers were among those who got the cards.

At the end of 2016, there were 175,674 for­eign na­tion­als liv­ing in Shang­hai — of them 3,027 have Chi­nese green cards.

Chi­nese green card hold­ers are en­ti­tled to the same rights as Chi­nese cit­i­zens.

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