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In another positive sign that Chinese immigration authorities are starting to realise that hey, a lot of foreigners want to live here; new regulations have been announced that will grant permanent residents the same pension, employment, and property rights as Chinese citizens.
As previously reported, restrictions on who can apply for a ‘green card’ will also be reduced, making it easier for foreigners to attain permanent resident status.
Green card holders will be able to work in China without a work permit, and their children will be able to attend state school for the same statutory fee as is charged Chinese citizens.
The Law on the Exist and Entry Administration, which will take effect in 2013, allows for an increase in the number of green cards. Experts predict that policies will also be introduced to make it easier to acquire permanent residency permits (China reduce bureaucracy? That’s unpossible!).