On May 5, Guangzhou launched its Green Card policy for talents, helping non-local talents to gain “local resident treatment” in the city.
That card enables holders to enjoy equal treatment with other citizens in purchasing property, vehicle license registration, children’s schooling, bank account opening, etc.
The policy makes some thresholds for application. For foreigners, they should be top talents with foreigner expert permit or talents who work at Nansha Area of Guangdong FTZ and have been identified by administrative committee.
Besides, foreigners who work at Guangzhou with annual income above 600,000 yuan (92,025 USD) and individual income tax above 12,000 yuan (1840 USD) can also apply for the green card.
What can foreigners benefit from “Green Card”
① Foreign card holders can apply for Alien Employment Permit or Foreign Expert Certificate. At the same time, they can apply for Foreigner’s Residence Permit for 2-5 years at the public security bureau with any of the two certificates.
② Foreign card holders can directly apply for business license without having their valid identifications been verified or notarized.
③ Foreign card holders can purchase a home for self-occupation in accordance with relevant regulations. Besides, they also can obtain driving license and register their vehicles.
For the application, in addition to an application form applicants should hand in their original copy of graduation certificate and professional certificate, passbook, marriage proof, income and taxation proof.
Who qualified to apply for a green card?
High-level foreign talents with experience of studying, working and starting up business abroad are qualified, including:
i.Foreign experts who hold a position as associate professor or above in overseas colleges and universities, or scientific research institutes;
ii.Those who have worked in the international well-known enterprises (or the world top 500 enterprises) as researcher and senior executive for more than 3 years.
iii.Talented people who own core technology and independent intellectual property rights, with good market prospect and the potential to turn his R&D result to mass production.
iv.Talented people who have experience on starting-up in foreign countries, and he starts up in Guangzhou in key areas, bringing in technology, projects and capitals.
v.Foreigners hold experts certificates.
vi.Foreigners work in Nansha New District and they are certificated as the foreign expert by Administration of Free Trade Zone.
vii.Foreigners who work at Guangzhou with annual income above 600,000 yuan (92,025 USD) and individual income tax above 12,000 yuan (1840 USD) can also apply for the green card.
Applicants should fill the form and submit the documents (original and copy) to Guangzhou Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau by themselves or company they work in. The original documents will be returned after verification.
Applicants should submit the documents below:
a.Degree certificate, and the evidentiary material of high-level talent.
c.Evidentiary material about the marital status.
d.Applicants who have signed employment contract should submit the contract as well.
e.Applicants apply the Green Card by (iii) should submit the proof of income and tax.
f.Applicants apply the Green Card by (iv) should submit the company performance.
According to Guangzhou government, the whole process takes about 25 days.
（By Nancy, Will & Sherwin）