Multi Entry Permit Applications Placed on Hold
Migrant residents that are planning to apply for a multiple entry permit for Hong Kong are going to be disappointed as Shenzhen police announced that the multi entry applications are placed on hold momentarily after the Ministry of Public Security issued a ruling.
Shenzhen police announced the hold order in their official microblog, after Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying made several remarks saying that Hong Kong will be setting up a task force that will work along mainland authorities to resolve the issue in the next three weeks. The task force will further examine the impacts in the influx of tourists of Hong Kong after lifting multi-entry endorsements.
The new policy on the multi entry permit was announced last August, stating six mainland cities including Shenzhen that will relax their rulings for migrants that are applying for passports and travel permits to Macao and Hong Kong. The ruling will benefit more than 4 million residents without local hukou, while non permanent residents had to return to their own provinces to apply for travel permits.
During the start of the new policy, Shenzhen added 60 counters to cope with the surge of applications for travel permits and passports by non permanent residents. Although the number increased slightly the police saw no rush over the weekend.