New Drafted Regulation to Allow Residents to Submit Applications Online
Based on a new drafted regulation on residency permits, local residents might soon be allowed to apply for residence permits online, or through phone and text messages. The city legislature has received around 5,000 suggestions for the drafted law in which the majority have requested a simpler application procedure. This allowed Shenzhen to replace its 24 year old temporary residence permit system with the new and current residence permit system last 2008 and since then more than 21 million permits were issued.
The city legislature is planning to reduce the number of qualifications from three to two, with two prerequisites namely first the applicant must have a stable and legal job with a 12 month history of payment to any one of the five types so social security insurance in Shenzhen. Second the applicant is residing a legal and self owned, rented apartment for a year. The only qualification that has been removed is the completion of a residence registration for 12 months.
Residents have also suggested the integration of residence permits and social security cards to further avoid a repeated collection of personal information, in which the legislature responded by telling the residents that the public security department is now re-planning the residence permit system plus the social security bureau is also restructuring their system. Based on the procedures that were set by the drafted regulations, seniors living in Shenzhen will not be eligible for a residence permit, meaning that they will be denied access to local preferential treatment for seniors such as free rides on public buses and Metro rail. But necessary adjustment will be made to correct this system.
The new drafted regulations provides holders of these residence permits to access to eleven of the basic public services ranging from employment training, subsidies for kindergarteners, compulsory education subsidies for underage children, and application for travel permit to Shenzhen and Hong Kong. The six preferential services will also include government subsidized rental homes to medical insurance for underage children.