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Timeline of China's hukou system reform

(China Daily)
Updated: 2010-01-09 07:39
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At least 10 cities in the country have canceled the temporary residence system. Instead, the residence permit has been established in these places, with people enjoying more benefits, such as social security and employment.

Jan 1, 2010

Foshan, Guangzhou, Zhuhai and Dongguan in Guangdong province canceled the temporary residence permit. People holding temporary residence permits can change them into residence permits and file for permanent residence seven years later.

Dec 25, 2009

Dalian, Liaoning province

Migrants older than 16 are entitled to file for residence permits once their temporary residence permits expire.

Aug 1, 2009

Taiyuan, Shanxi province

All migrants can get residence permits after registration with local police, and can file for permanent residence five years later.

Aug 1, 2008

Shenzhen, Guangdong province

The new residence permits grant the most social welfare compared to other cities. Apart from medical care, education, employment and social security, Shenzhen grants its migrants more welfare such as career and financial advice, free vaccinations for children, the ability to travel in and out of Hong Kong and Macao.

April 1, 2008

Jiaxing and Cixi, Zhejiang province

A new rule is issued in the two cities stipulating that from Oct 1 2009, qualified migrants can file for Zhejiang residence permits.

March, 2008

Changchun, Jilin province

Applicants with ID cards can apply for the residence permits at local police offices.

(China Daily 01/09/2010 page2)