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Beijing residence permits updated

By Deng Jingyin (Global Times)

09:17, January 13, 2012

Beijing plans to launch a new residence permit for the floating population and foreign residents by the end of this year, which may provide more public services for holders than the current temporary permit system, according to the municipal government.

"We are waiting for the results of surveys to make detailed policy changes, such as how to apply for the permit and whether an address will be required for application," Liu Jingming, a deputy mayor of Beijing, said on Wednesday.

The survey covers population size, resident ages, careers, and difficulties faced, among others.

Currently, those without a Beijing hukou, or an official permanent residence permit in China, including expats, are required to apply for a temporary residence permit.

According to Beijing’s 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15), the local government will take strict steps to control the capital’s fast-growing population and ease pressure in the central urban districts.

"The residence permit is related to the nation’s population management policy, so we have to solicit opinions from different areas. The policies to be issued this year are still under improvement," Liu said.

The Annual Report on Analysis of Beijing Society-Building, published by the Social Sciences Academic Press last year, said that population growth is the biggest worry for Beijing during this five-year plan.

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