More preferential policies for SAR residents

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A slew of new preferential policies for Hong Kong and Macau residents is being considered by the central government, an official with the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council to Chinese news outlet Xinhua has revealed.
Some 50 concerns of residents from both SARs who live, study and work on the Mainland have been listed by the central government – and range from social insurance applications to tourism services.
The Chinese official said equal rights to housing provident funds will be granted to SAR residents working in the Mainland for more convenient settlement. The aforementioned fund provides low-interest housing loans and is applicable to rent, renovations and major illnesses.
Urban residents on the Mainland are required to pay part of their income for the dedication of the housing provident fund, according to current regulations.
Meanwhile, the Chinese official revealed that deliberations are currently ongoing among authorities relating to human resources, offering access to social security for Hong Kong and Macau residents who live, work or study on the Mainland.
The unidentified official also disclosed that the central government encourages SAR residents to work in public institutions such as hospitals and universities.
SAR residents who wish to travel in the Mainland can now purchase and collect tickets via self-service ticket machines in train stations in Beijing and Shanghai municipalities, as well as in the provinces of Guangdong, Hunan and Fujian.
In addition, the Ministry of Education has announced that the Mainland’s higher education institutions will standardise enrolment regulations and provide guidelines for jobseekers, establishing student clubs and applying for medical insurance for SAR students.