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Shenzhen relaxes household registration rules

Shenzhen relaxes household registration rules

Updated: 2012-04-11 14:23


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University graduates will face no restrictions in obtaining household registration in Shenzhen following a new ruling to attract talent to this southern city of China, according to the Shenzhen Bureau of Human Resources and Social Security on Tuesday.

Hukou, or permanent residence certificate, is an official permit that identifies a particular person as a resident of an area, which is widely used in China, and authorizes them to work.

Last year only graduates from some of the nation's elite universities and holding master's degrees in some selected subjects could get a permission to settle.

Under the new policy, graduates applying do not have to come from a list of approved universities.

"We should cancel the limitation and empower employers to recruit personnel, because they know who they need." said Li Ming, deputy head of the bureau.

Meanwhile, anyone who takes up agricultural work as a registered agricultural household permit holder can also apply for a urban hukou in Shenzhen.

The new policy features a credit system to evaluate the quality of migrant labor instead applying restrictions on certain professions. Migrant worker who scores 100 points or above can file an application for Shenzhen hukou.