once extremely lofty goal that is now becoming easier to obtain, for some at least.hina holds a special place in the hearts of many of the foreigners living here. With its ever-changing cities and scenic rural havens, it’s understandable that a number of expats dream of one day holding that shiny Chinese permanent residency permit—a
Over the last two months, 1,881 foreigners have received their Chinese green cards, according to the state-run People’s Daily. That’s about equal to the number given out in all of last year. Previously, only hundreds would receive the honor each year.
However, over the past couple of years, China has been doing much to revamp its work permit process, looking toattract the right kind of “high-quality” laowaiand keep those individuals working in the country. A newtalent-based systemhas been rolled out which groups foreigners into A, B, and C tiers with “A-level” expats including the likes of Nobel Prize winners, senior research fellows, highly-published scientists, managers of financial institutions, and famous actors and athletes.
In order to help better serve these A-listers, China opened its new State Immigration Administration in April. The administration has worked to optimize the application process for those wanting to receive a Chinese green card, leading to an immediate and staggering jump in the number of permanent residence cardholders in China.
However, unless you happen to be a Nobel Prize winner or Stephon Marbury, it’s still unlikely that you’ll be receiving one of these babies anytime soon.
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