Non Hukou Holders Living in Shenzhen to Benefit from New and Improved Policies
As part of the city’s effort in reforming its residential policies and improve services for migrant workers, non hukou holders living in Shenzhen will soon enjoy a broader and more inclusive social benefits from gaining access to the city’s public rental housing program to other benefits. To further gain more insight on these policies the city is asking for suggestions from citizens for any provisions that can be incorporated to the drafted regulations that are related to residency permits.
One of the greatest changes made to the regulation is the difference between residence registration from residence permit as for the permit will also act as a service certificate. To qualify an applicant must meet three requirements which are having a legitimate work for at least 12 months in the city, paying 12 months of social security and have a stable and legitimate residence with 12 months residence registration those with rental housing are also applicable.
Based on the drafted regulation, a residence permit brings in a broader public services such as medical care, social security, education, employment training and applying for travel permits for Hong Kong and Macao. More benefits are being planned for those who held residence permits from more years which might include qualifying for subsidized housing, retirement nursing services for parents and children medical insurance.
Shenzhen led other cities in China in implementing a residency permit system by transforming a temporary residence permit to a residence permit but was faulted for not pragmatically dismantling the household registration barrier.