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New ID card marks milestone in permanent residency for foreigners in Zhejiang

www.ehangzhou.gov.cn| Updated: December 5, 2023 L M S


A woman from France showcases her new ID card. [Photo/hangzhou.com.cn]

China issued a new foreign permanent resident ID card on Dec 1, with five foreigners in Zhejiang becoming the first recipients of the card.

Nicknamed the "Five-Star Card", the new version was distinguished by the incorporation of five stars symbolizing China's national emblem.

The first recipients, hailing from the United States, France, Sweden, and Australia, have made significant contributions to Zhejiang's economic and social development across sectors such as the economy, education, and technology.

Mohamad Sawan, a recipient of the Chinese Government Friendship Award and professor at the Westlake University, expressed satisfaction with the smooth process and the welcoming attitude of the police officers at the service window.


Professor Mohamad Sawan from Westlake University fills in his application for the new ID card. [Photo/hangzhou.com.cn]

The "Five-Star Card" is issued by the National Immigration Administration and serves as the legal identity document for foreigners with permanent residency in China. Holders can use the card as a standalone personal identification in situations requiring proof of identity, eliminating the need to present their passports.

The new card incorporates advanced anti-counterfeiting technology and upgrades information storage and application management service access.

According to the NIA, the new card is intended to contribute to the country's high-standard opening-up and provide better services for foreign talent working and living in China.


Professor Mohamad Sawan expresses his gratitude. [Photo/hangzhou.com.cn]

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