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China to make permanent residency easier for foreigners

/ 02:17 PM February 19, 2016
Visitors take a self-portrait at Beihai Park in Beijing, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. The park, once an imperial garden, is now a popular tourist spot in China's capital. AP PHOTO

Visitors take a self-portrait at Beihai Park in Beijing, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. The park, once an imperial garden, is now a popular tourist spot in China’s capital. AP PHOTO

BEIJING — China plans to make it easier for foreigners to live and work in the country under new rules for obtaining permanent residency.

Guidelines issued by China’s Cabinet aim to expand the categories of foreigners in China eligible to obtain the Chinese equivalent of a U.S. green card. Procedures will also be simplified and restrictions relaxed on foreign students seeking jobs in the country.

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The changes come as China’s economy is slowing and once-robust interest among foreign investors is falling.

READ: China losing luster for foreign investors

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More than 7,000 foreigners have obtained permanent residency since the policy was adopted in 2004, a small fraction of the roughly 600,000 living in China. Many of those received the status as a reward for meritorious service to China’s economy, the arts and sciences.

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