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New Regulation Makes it Easier for Non Hukou Holders to File for Travel Permits

Residents without hukou and college students can now apply for passports and travel permits to visit Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan starting in September. Regulations states that every Chinese needs to apply for a passport or travel permit via police in the area where they lived or are registered in a household. And this poses a problem to people leaving their hometown but doesn’t transfer their household registration.

The Ministry of Public Security named Shenzhen as one of the city that will implement the new policy. Six cities were chosen to implement the policy because of the large population; the five other cities are Tianjin, Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. In addition to the Hukou, an identification card and a temporary residence permit. The employed person needs a statement from the city social security department that will confirm at least a year of payment to the city social security programs. A student needs to acquire a certificate from the college that will verify enrollment.

Once the travel documents are granted, the police will issue within in 30 days upon receiving the application. Applicants that were rejected needs to file for reconsideration in the hukou location. Shenzhen police issued more than 11 million residency cards to the city’s non hukou population, around 8 million of those cards were issued to migrant workers working in the city.

Shenzhen police have issued 11 million residency cards to members of the city’s non-hukou population. About 8 million of those cards were issued to migrant workers employed in the city.



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