Beijing to adopt new residential permit system

Local authorities said on Thursday that Beijing will introduce a new temporary residence permit system on Oct. 1.

According to a provisional regulation announced on Thursday, people who stay in Beijing for over six months with a stable job, residence or in full-time education will be able to apply for the permit at public security bureaus.

The permit will be issued in about 15 days.

Permit holders will be entitled to many of the benefits enjoyed by permanent residents.

Beijing’s permanent population has exceeded 20 million, more than twice that of London or New York.

Permanent Beijing residents enjoy better educational opportunities, employment support, senior citizen benefits and social welfare.

Previously, temporary residential permits came with almost no rights or benefits.

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