China to relax green card restrictions for overseas Chinese


Qiu Yuanping, head of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, answers netizens’ questions in an online interview, March 5, 2014. Photo: Xinhua

An overseas Chinese affairs officer said that overseas Chinese who want to return to China for permanent residence can handle the resettlement formalities at overseas Chinese affairs office at county level and above.

"In 2013, China enacted the Exit and Entry Administration Law of the People's Republic of China and the Administrative Regulations of the People's Republic of China on Entry and Exit of Foreigners to facilitate the resettlement procedures for overseas Chinese, who had had to handle the procedures at the public security department," Qiu Yuanping, director of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, said in an online interview held by the Press Center of the Second Session of the 12th National People's Congress on March 5.

When asked what preferential policies the Chinese government will offer to the returned overseas Chinese, Qiu said that the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council is working with other related departments to work out some policies to facilitate their employment and family visit in China.

The Chinese government will offer long-term visa for overseas Chinese who return to China for family visit and overseas Chinese with special skills, according to Qiu.

Amid complaints about the high threshold set for gaining a Chinese green card, Qiu said that the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council and the related departments are considering gradually relaxing the restrictions on applying for the Chinese permanent residence permit.

(The article is translated and edited by Ding Yi)

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