New Version of Foreign Permanent Resident ID Card to be Issued in China Starting December 1, 2023
China’s National Immigration Administration unveiled an upgraded Foreign Permanent Resident ID Card, effective from December 1, 2023, with design improvements and enhanced functionality. We explain the key changes in the new Foreign Permanent Resident ID Card and benefits for applicants.
On September 15, 2023, the National Immigration Administration (NIA) held a press conference in Beijing, announcing the official issuance of the new version of China’s Foreign Permanent Resident ID Card, set to take effect from December 1, 2023. Alongside this announcement, officials also took the opportunity to unveil the design of the highly anticipated new Foreign Permanent Resident ID Card.
It is important to note that the new version of the card will not invalidate the current one. Those already in possession of the existing version of the foreign permanent resident ID card can continue to use it within its validity period. However, individuals may also apply for the new version if they need to.
The release of China’s new Foreign Permanent Resident ID Card aims to elevate the level of informatization in foreigner management services and improve the overall efficiency of immigration management. All in all, this initiative aligns with the government’s strategy to attract and serve international talents, who come to China for work, study, and living purposes.
New version of the card under normal light
New version of the card under ultraviolet light
What is the Foreign Permanent Resident ID Card?
The Foreign Permanent Resident ID Card is a legal identity document issued to eligible foreigners who have been granted permanent residency within China. This card serves as a personal identification document and can be used independently.
Holders of this card can use it as a legal credential for various purposes, such as accommodation registration and purchasing tickets for transportation modes like cars, boats, and planes, without the need to present their foreign passports. This not only simplifies their administrative processes but also enhances their overall experience as residents in China.
What are the key changes in the new version of the Foreign Permanent Resident ID Card?
Key changes in the include the following:
- New design: The new Foreign Permanent Resident ID Card retains the basic format of the current version but introduces a five-star element that symbolizes the nation, enhancing the overall aesthetics and layout.
- Advanced security features: The new Foreign Permanent Resident ID Card incorporates more advanced anti-counterfeiting technologies, improving the storage of information and application management services related to the card.
- Extended card number: The card number has been expanded from 15 digits to 18 digits, enhancing its uniqueness and security.
- New functionality: The upgraded technology and additional features of the new Foreign Permanent Resident ID Card will allow cardholders in China to manage various personal affairs, such as transportation, daily expenses, and financial transactions, through online platforms.
Changes of the New China Foreign Permanent Resident ID Card
In the next phase, the NIA will collaborate with relevant departments to expedite the compatibility upgrades and updates of information systems and facilities across various related sectors.
This effort aims to broaden the card’s utility, improve user satisfaction, and seamlessly achieve its functional goals.
What are the benefits for foreigners with Chinese permanent residence status?
Foreigners with Chinese permanent residence status will be entitled to the following treatments:
Special Treatments for Foreigners with Permanent Residency in China
|Work permits and residence permits are not required||
|Priorities in certificate application/professional title assessment||
|Convenience in doing businesses||
|Housing provident fund||
|Banking, insurance, securities, futures, and other financial service||
|Foreign exchange service||
|Source: Measures on the Relevant Benefits for Foreigners with Permanent Residence Permit in China (Ren She Bu Fa  No.53)|
To learn about Permanent Residence applications in China, refer to our specific China Briefing articles:
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- China Permanent Residence Application: Explaining the Process in Shanghai
- Shanghai Implements New Criteria for Permanent Residence Applications from May 1, 2023
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