Point-based system launched for Beijing permanent residency

Hukou applicants may score on things like education, awards and being role models

People at a low-cost dwelling in a village in the Tongzhou district of Beijing. The city had a permanent population of 21.7 million last year, but only 13.59 million held a Beijing hukou. Many migrant workers are marginalised and pay more for public
People at a low-cost dwelling in a village in the Tongzhou district of Beijing. The city had a permanent population of 21.7 million last year, but only 13.59 million held a Beijing hukou. Many migrant workers are marginalised and pay more for public services because they do not have hukou.PHOTO: REUTERS

The Chinese capital of Beijing has launched a system that allows non-residents living there to apply for the coveted permanent residency in the city, grading them based on a criteria list that includes their skills and education level.

The system, launched on Monday, is the latest change in ongoing reforms to the hukou system, or China's household registration permit system.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 19, 2018, with the headline 'Point-based system launched for Beijing permanent residency'. Subscribe