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Crackdown on temporary residential permits

SHANGHAI has suspended accepting individual applications from non-locals for temporary residential permits to crack down on those taking advantage of the permit policy to school their children.

The city government has circulated a notice saying only the applicants' employers - and not brokers - are qualified to apply for permits, today's Xinmin Evening News reported.

Any employers found providing false information will be punished and have their qualification to apply for such applications suspended from one to three years or even revoked, according to the notice.

Shanghai introduced the temporary residential permits to attract higher level professionals to work in the city.

Permit holders can enjoy almost the same benefits, such as schooling of their children, as local residents. And the children are allowed to sit Shanghai students-only entrance exams for high schools and universities.

But some people were found to fake employment documents to obtain the permits to have their children schooled in Shanghai, where they believe education is better than in their hometowns and they have more chance of getting into the city's greater number of universities and colleges, the Xinmin Evening News said.

Last year, more than 1,000 middle school and high school students were not allowed to sit the enrollment exams after their parents failed to renew their residential permits, the newspaper said.


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