[SZ] Easier permanent residence permit for master’s graduates
2010-April-23 Source: Szdaily web edition
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Master's graduates will be eligible for Shenzhen hukou, or permanent residence permit, even if they are yet to land a job in Shenzhen, the human resources and social security bureau told a press conference Thursday (April 22).

"No matter what universities they graduate from and what subject they have studied, master's degree holders can apply for a Shenzhen hukou," said bureau vice director general Li Ming.

In the past, only doctorate holders had this privilege, said Li. He said hukou access had been made easier for new university graduates.

The bureau will begin taking applications from April 27.

Human resources authorities change requirements for hukou each year to keep up with the city's changing economic structure.

Graduates from 80 universities listed by the bureau were eligible for Shenzhen hukou even without landing a job if their skills were needed in Shenzhen, said Li.

Eligible graduates also include those from all universities in Shenzhen and those whose homes were in Shenzhen, he said.

Shenzhen has about 13 million residents, but only 2.3 million hold hukou.

The number of people with Shenzhen hukou is increasing, however. Last year 93,000 people were granted hukou, of them 37,000 university graduates.

Acquiring Shenzhen hukou means easier access to public schools and broader social insurance. Hukou has recently begun to play a role in home buying. According to a new policy, people without Shenzhen hukou cannot get a home mortgage unless they could produce one year of tax receipts or proof that they had joined the city's social insurance scheme for at least one year.

(By Helen Deng)

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