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Post time 2013-5-21 17:18:35 |Display all floors
If you’ve spent a length of time living in China, you’ve surely heard about that mystical permanent residence card for foreigners otherwise known as a Chinese green card or “外国人永久居留证”. But up until November last year, Chinese green cards were simply just a myth for most expats, with nobody actually knowing how to get one or who even qualifies.
Then, on November 14 the clouds suddenly parted and a glimmer, if ever so vague, of what this green card actually is was presented. In a statement in Washington D.C. Deputy Director of China's Ministry of Public Security's Exit and Entry Administration announced that China is considering relaxing restrictions on the green card and widening the scope of who qualifies.

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Another miracle happened on December 12 when this time, the Central Organization Department, Human Resources and Social Security and 23 other ministries jointly issued new guidelines outlining the rights of foreign “green card” holders – this esteemed group of foreign individuals would enjoy the same rights as Chinese, it was declared. At last, some information was there to behold, but scepticism among the foreign community reigned nonetheless.
Despite the grandiose announcements of several months back, most foreigners in China still don’t have a clue how to go about getting one of these golden tickets that promise the end of visa hassle forever. So without further ado, we’ve compiled and translated instructions on who can apply for a Chinese green card. Perhaps you don’t meet the requirements just yet, but if you plan to make China your permanent home, you can start working towards fulfilling the requirements now. Oh, and do remember that this being China, rules and instructions tend to be overtly ambiguous and are subject to change.


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Post time 2013-5-21 17:18:53 |Display all floors
The types of green cards available
1) Green Card for Investors: immigrants who’ve invested over 2 million USD
Have you invested over 2 million USD in China over three or more years? This category may be for you! According to paragraph 1 of article 6 of the “Permanent Residence for Foreigners Methods”, foreign citizens who have directly invested in China for three successive years and who have a clean tax record can apply for the green card.  Four types of investments are accepted in this category:
Those who invested over 500,000 USD through companies encouraged by the Foreign Investment Industrial Guidance Catalog  
Those who invested over 500,000 USD in western parts of the country or in counties involved in national poverty alleviation schemes
Those who invested over 1 million USD in central regions
Those who invested over 2 million USD in China
2) Green Card for Technical Personnel: Someone with senior titles
This category is open for those who are deputy general managers, deputy directors, associate professors or have other high-ranking titles. To qualify, you must have held this position for four full consecutive years and within those four years you must have spent an accumulative time of three years in China and paid taxes. The following four work units qualify:
Organizations under State Council departments or provincial level government departments
Prominent schools and universities
Enterprises that have carried out projects for the government or important technology enterprises and industries
High-tech enterprises, foreign-invested companies, foreign-invested advanced technology companies or foreign-invested export companies
3)  Green Card for People with Special Skills or Needed by the State: The most convenient option
This one, which is being called the easiest or most convenient category to apply through, grants a green card to those who have helped promote economic development or have made outstanding contributions to society. Talents who are deemed of great value to the country or who have special skills or are reputed in the technology sector are also welcome to apply through this category.
4) Family Reunion Green Card: Must be a spouse for at least 5 years
This is one is divided into three sub-categories:
Husband & wife reunion green card: Chinese citizens or the spouse of a foreign citizen and their child under 18 years in possession of a Chinese permanent residence card can apply through this category provided they’ve been together and lived in China nine months out of each year for five years. They must also demonstrate that they have a stable life and residence here
Relatives reunion green card: people over 60 who have no next-of-kin abroad and who are seeking refuge with direct relatives in China. These people must have lived in China for five consecutive years, of which at least nine months of the year was spent in China. They too must demonstrate stability and a residence in China
To keep up to date on the most recent updates of developments, check out the website of the Central People’s Government http://english.gov.cn/service/immigrating.htm. We also strongly urge you to read all about the new (stricter) extry/exit rules that go into effect on July 1, 2013 here.

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Post time 2013-5-22 11:36:26 |Display all floors
zhangjudy Post time: 2013-5-21 17:18
The types of green cards available
1) Green Card for Investors: immigrants who’ve invested over 2 m ...

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Post time 2013-5-26 22:11:49 |Display all floors
It takes about 3 years in the States to get a green card based on marriage, without paying lots of money. I hope when I make the move to China, it will be as easy.  

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Post time 2013-5-27 06:23:14 |Display all floors
SDIvester Post time: 2013-5-26 22:11
It takes about 3 years in the States to get a green card based on marriage, without paying lots of m ...

Lots of luck with those ideas.
I'm just here for the money

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YOU NEED A FRIEND IN THE GOV'T.....AND ABOUT A oNE mILLION rmb INVESTMENT...
Never Let Anyone Outside The Family Know What You're Thinking.

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Post time 2013-5-28 16:06:16 |Display all floors
Kbay Post time: 2013-5-26 22:20
Giving greencard to gwe!los is always a security risk, it should not be encouraged.
I would cap the  ...

And what qualifies a fake honkie to make any comment?

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