The Beijing municipal government published its new policy for granting hukou using an accumulated points system on August 11.
The policy follows “4+2+7” model, which means applicants must meet four requirements to be qualified to apply for accumulated points. The points are divided into nine parts, with two basic parts and seven advanced parts.
All applicants must hold a Beijing residence permit, be younger than the legal retirement age, have paid into the city’s social security pool for seven or more years and have no criminal record.
The two basic parts in the accumulated points are having a stable job and residence in the city. The other seven parts are based on education level, location of job and accommodations, creative ability, tax payments, age, honors and awards and a spotless legal record.
Each part has its point levels. In the category of education, junior college graduates gain 10.5 points, bachelor’s degree holders gain 15 points, master’s degree holders 26 points and doctorates 37 points.
The required points are decided by the government and will be adjusted from year to year in accordance with hukou availability. The details and process will be published by related departments, a spokesperson for the city said.
The Beijing Development and Revolution Committee said the policy is intended to ensure population balance. By 2020, Beijing is expected to hold its population below 23 million permanent residents.
The new hukou application track will become available on January 1, 2017, and it will be in a trial phase through 2020.