Expatriates looking to stay in China on a long-term basis will find that it is now easier, thanks to rules being relaxed surrounding the issue.
It is now more beneficial to be a permanent resident and the country's Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security is aiding expats in their quest to buy property and enrol children in local schools.
Despite the changes, permanent residency is still hard to come by, with fewer than 5,000 green cards being granted since the scheme was launched eight years ago.
In comparison Australia and the US have given out 100,000 and 120,000 in the same time respectively.
The future looks more positive however with China keen to attract more global talent to maintain the strong growth which it is currently experiencing.
From July, legislation which has recently been passed will come into force and increase the number of green cards issued to expats.
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