Chinese green cards help attract talent from abroad, enhance country's interaction with world, official says
A larger number of Chinese permanent residency permits were issued in 2012 than in previous years, a police official said.
Zheng Baigang, head of the Ministry of Public Security's Bureau of Exit and Entry Administration, told China Daily that 1,202 permits were granted last year, up more than 83 per cent from the previous year.
Of those who received the permits, more than half are family members who came for a reunion and the rest are mostly professionals, executives and professors, according to the ministry.Most are from the United States, Japan, Canada, Australia and Germany, and mainly live in big cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
"The principle of China's 'green card' regulation is to attract foreign talent to promote economic and social development and enhance international communication," Zheng said.
Applicants with higher education backgrounds and business experience are more likely to get the permits, he said.
Ada Jen, a Chinese American who applied for a Chinese permanent residency permit in 2011, said it brings her a sense of belonging, which she eagerly wants in China.
The permit can provide some privileges and more convenience in the country, such as social insurance and reduced work restrictions, said the 66-year-old, who is a government affairs director at an international school in Beijing.