Upgraded Green Cards for Foreigners Are Coming! 歪果仁福音！新版中国绿卡来了！
On Saturday, China's public security authorities announced that from June 16, it will launch new versions of machine-readable identity cards with greater usability for foreigners who have permanent residency status.
• Name changes
The current "permanent residence card" would be changed to "permanent residence ID card". Moreover, Chinese and English explanations will be added to recognize it as the valid ID document.
• Chip embedded
A chip will be embedded in the new card to make it machine-readable as Chinese ID card.
• Information shared
Railway, airline, social insurance, hotel, bank systems will be updated so that information among them can be shared, which means new ID card can be the valid document when buying train & air ticket, etc.
The benefits of new green card
• Apply for Chinese driving licence
• Set up the bank account
• Buy train & air ticket, etc
• Buy Chinese social insurance and house funding
• Buy properties
• Check in at the hotel
• Children get schooling without extra fees
I think it (the ID card) would be much better than anything else, a Latvian anchor who has worked at broadcast companies in Beijing and Tianjin for years, told the Global Times on Tuesday, requesting anonymity. "If you have such an ID card, you don't have to carry your passport all the time. And passports are bigger, and I do not feel (it's) safe to carry it around," she said.
However, several foreigners living and working in Beijing revealed a lack of interest, saying that the threshold to get permanent residency status is incredibly high, and many view it as a "mission impossible."
In 2016, 1,576 foreigners became permanent residents in China, an increase of 163 percent over the previous year, according to the MPS. China began to allow permanent residency in 2004, but from 2008 to 2014, only 7,356 foreigners were granted permanent residence cards.
Source: Global Times
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