A new regulation will allow residents of Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan to apply for residence permits in the Chinese mainland. Eligible applicants may apply for this permit on a voluntary basis, according to the officials. Image | 明报 A document issued at a press conference held by the State Council Information Office Thursday said the regulation, to be promulgated by the State Council General Office, will take effect from September 1. Image | 香港经济日报 With a residence permit, residents from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan will enjoy more rights, basic public services, and other conveniences relating to their study, work, business operation, and life in the mainland, the document said. Applicant Qualifications Pass for Hong Kong and Macao residents to travel to the Mainland (Home Visit Permit), or a 5-year permit for Taiwan residents to the mainland (Taiwan Pass) Living in the Mainland for more than half a year, having legally stable employment, legally stable residence, or continuous studying documents. Holders can enjoy these welfare Holders enjoy 3 rights, 6 basic public services and 9 conveniences. 3 Rights Legal labor and employment, Social insurance, Housing provident fund. 6 Basic Public Services The government and relevant departments shall provide the holder with… 9 years of compulsory education, Basic public employment services, Basic public health services, Public cultural sports services, Legal aid Other legal services; 9 Conveniences Apply for a motor vehicle driver’s license and registration of motor vehicles in your place of residence, Apply for a vocational qualification examination or professional qualifications, Register for birth services and check in at hotels in the Mainland, Purchase domestic flights, trains tickets online. Using financial services such as banking, insurance, securities and futures services; Shopping in the equal treatment as Mainland residents; Purchasing tickets for parks and various cultural and sports venues; Cultural entertainment; Business travel consumption; etc How to apply for it? Apply at the nearest police station and submit the supporting documents, and you will be able to obtain the residence permit within 20 working days; The public security organs of all cities will announce the specific acceptance points and specific procedures to the public before September. Image | 線報 The report to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China pledged to formulate and improve policies and measures to make it more convenient for people from Hong Kong and Macao to develop careers on the mainland. It also said efforts will be made to ensure that over time, people from Taiwan will enjoy the same treatment as mainland residents when they pursue their studies, start businesses, seek jobs, or live on the mainland. Share to let your friends know!