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In which circumstance are citizens of Hong Kong entitled to apply for a mainland residence permit and what are the benefits of having such a permit?

Photo: In which circumstance are citizens of Hong Kong entitled to apply for a mainland residence permit and what are the benefits of having such a permit?
Photo: In which circumstance are citizens of Hong Kong entitled to apply for a mainland residence permit and what are the benefits of having such a permit?
As of 1 September 2018, native residents of Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan who have lived on the mainland for six months or more – as long as they have complied with certain prior stipulations – have been eligible to apply for a residence permit. The additional requirements in question include proof of legitimate and stable employment/residence or confirmation of ongoing study on the mainland. Once a permit has been secured, holders will enjoy comparable rights to native mainland residents and be granted access to the following services:
  • Public transport usage, including domestic flights and rail-links
  • Banking, insurance, securities, futures, and other financial amenities
  • Shopping, securing entry to parks and sporting venues and full participation in cultural/entertainment/business/tourism activities
  • Other privileges as determined by the central government and/or the relevant local authorities

In the first instance, applicants should submit the relevant application materials to the local police station or household registration office as designated by the Public Security Bureau of the county-level People’s Government with jurisdiction over their residential location. Once issued, all such residence permits are initially valid for a period of five years and may be renewed upon expiry at the discretion of the issuing authority.

For further details, please visit the following link:

Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Residents Allowed to Apply for Mainland Residence Permit
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