原文标题：China opens the door granting 'green card' to an Indian
BEIJING: China has a made a rare exception granting the local equivalent of a 'green card' to an Indian for the first time. The Indian, Mohmmed Rizwan, has been given a visa for five years instead of the one-year visa given to almost all foreigners.
Rizwan can expect a 10-year visa once the first phase of five years expires. China introduced the system of granting five-year Permanent Resident cards, somewhat similar to the system in Singapore, only a few years back But it has been tight fisted about it allowing only a few selected foreigners to make the grade.
"I think I am the first Indian to get a five-year Permanent Resident status. I have not heard of anyone else getting it," Rizwan, who has lived in China for 12 years, told TNN.
The move is significant because it opens the doors for at least 50 Indians, who have lived in China for over 12 years. There are over 20 Indian men with Chinese wives. Several Indians have made substantial investments in the country. Checks with Indian officials, old-timers from India and Chinese sources did not throw up any other instance of an Indian getting the coveted PR status.
Rizwan said a foreigner must achieve some distinction in the field of science, invest in excess of $1 million or have a Chinese spouse to qualify for the PR status. He has married a Chinese woman based in Beijing.
"I faced no difficulties during the process of applying and approval. I was treated in a friendly manner. There was no hint of suspicion among the officials," he said referring to the somewhat uneasy relationship between India and China. He works for an American company providing training to teachers at the pre-school level.
"It is a good start. It shows the Chinese's government's determination to expand people-to-people relationship between the two countries," he said. He also met other requirements of visa authorities like knowledge of local language and demonstrated usefulness to the local community, he said.
Rizwan wants his four-year old son to get People of Indian Origin status. Indian officials have told him that the PIO scheme does not cover some countries like China. He feels relationship issues cannot be left entirely to the governments, and more efforts should be made to link the people of the two countries through culture and trade exchanges.
The Chinese government has been more eager in considering applications from Japanese and Russians, who have lived in the country for several decades. Some Europeans and Americans have also made the grade.
17 Aug, 2011 10:58 AM
Why Indian should go to a place where freedoms and rights were being denied. India is a democratic country and its people enjoy all the freedoms and rights. Indian should stay in India and if possible go to democratic countries rather than oppressed country like China where no freedom is valid.
Siloo Kapadia (USA) replies to thindorj
17 Aug, 2011 12:49 PM
China can be oppressive but so can India. And the life for an average person in China is 100 times better than the life of an average Indian. I urge you to go to China if you can to see for yourself. I used to think like you and went myself and changed my thinking.
Raj (Delhi) replies to Siloo Kapadia
17 Aug, 2011 11:21 PM
I have live in China and quite agree with you.
Siloo Kapadia replies to Raj
18 Aug, 2011 07:31 AM
People who have been to China know what I am talking about. Only those that have not gone and THINK they know what China is like say that life in China is bad.
yum reda (cuttack)
16 Aug, 2011 10:16 AM
india wd retaliate by giving a RED visa.
V.C.Shah (Shenzhen, China)
16 Aug, 2011 10:06 AM
I m an Indian Staying in China since last 18years, also one of my Relative also an Indian staying here since last 21years, we both have China's Green Card since 2007
Siloo Kapadia (USA)
16 Aug, 2011 07:40 AM
I wish TOI and otheres would stop using the term "green card" for permanent residency. The green card is a term exclusive to the permanent residency status given to foreigners in the United States. There is no reason why we must use that term for other than the US. Terms such as "permanent residency" or "PR" are much better. Why should TOI feel the need to use a term that is only valid in America?
Vivek Kumar (Delhi)
16 Aug, 2011 03:33 AM
Times of India is the shittiest paper one can get and still it's India's leading newspaper. I wonder whether this newspaper also symbolize India's recent growth, all glossy on paper but nothing to show in real. It's no surprise such kind of news are on their front page. TOI wants to keep readers amused and not to worry about the dirt. A sad story of journalism.
Jaishaker Rathore (Jaipur)
16 Aug, 2011 02:17 AM
Stupid piece ofnews!Anyways while we are discussing it, good to know that a muslim got a chinese green card. Hope more muslims follow him out of India to China LOL
AK Khairkar (Bolivia )
16 Aug, 2011 12:39 AM
One Isolated case cannot be said to really open the Chinese doors. Let us see this happen again and again. We must strengthen good relations with China .
16 Aug, 2011 12:23 AM
It's good that they have developed their economy and governance so much that people want permanent residency there. We should do the same in our country.
15 Aug, 2011 11:49 PM
Finally China started duplicating American "GREEN CARD" also... my god.. save India!!!
15 Aug, 2011 10:31 PM
Hopefully next they will introduce Democracy just like in other parts of the world so their people can live in respect and dignity and not be locked up for silly and stupid offences
Iron (Somewhere East) replies to Johnson
16 Aug, 2011 06:55 AM
Whats the big deal about democracy? Their system is working well for them. Frankly, I should say its doing much better than the many democratic countries.
sandeep (Beijing) replies to Johnson
16 Aug, 2011 12:29 AM
Indian democraccy is a farce!Politicians don't get locked up up even for murder-rape-loot-curruption -you name it!bteer to be in a disiplined country like China than in a farce democracy like India!
Sree (Bangalore) replies to Johnson
15 Aug, 2011 11:06 PM
Chinese rulers are better than Indian correpted polititians. They want China to be the super power while Indian polititians want swiz accounts only. Being a democratic country, in India we have the voting power to vote for one candidate from this list : Corrupted1,Corrupted2 and Crimial3.
asshgsh (India) replies to Sree
16 Aug, 2011 12:34 AM
Maybe you lack self-respect which evolution has given to even an insect. Maybe you like being locked up and insulted as long as you have TV/food/AC.
Raaj K (D.C, USA)
15 Aug, 2011 10:21 PM
Thanks TOI, this is like such fantastic news. Did this article need to be part of today's headlines? How much more worse can this newspaper get? And by the way, did your correspondent even check with the Chinese authorities to make sure if this moron was the first Indian to get this "rare" honor or did he just happen to be a friend of this correspondent? And, can you please stop reporting about SRK, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Saif, Amitabh Bachchan and Sachin? Please report about the common man and not about guys who invite your reporters to their private parties to get written about. We're not interested in knowing about what stage Aishwarya Rai's pregnancy is in, or a scoop on what they are planning to name their kid... got it?
15 Aug, 2011 09:58 PM
It is good to government of China opening up. It is good for China as well as Indians working and living there.
swamivas (Hong Kong)
15 Aug, 2011 09:41 PM
A welcome commendable reciprocal wise move, though long overdue!
15 Aug, 2011 09:31 PM
This is a bad start for China. China should only lure Japanese and Russians to work in China. Indians have no value to China. Hong Kong should also shut door to Indians
Vinod (Shanghai) replies to Truth
15 Aug, 2011 10:17 PM
Hey... Mr. Truth,i'm living in China since 2005... The only place in which Indians getting a fair respect and value only in China... Have you been in USA or Europe or Middle east? How they are treating Indians... don't be so stupid
Indian (Bangalore/Shenzhen) replies to Vinod
15 Aug, 2011 11:00 PM
I agree you Vinod. I'm living in China for the last one year.You cannot see such a beautiful country in the world.And the Chinese people are so loving and caring. They are not like the jobeless Americans and Australian drug adicts.They work hard and respect Indian workers and business man. Frankly saying all Indians who visited China atleast once would surely love to stay here than in an indian city.Here you get respect from everybody, from police,govt officials,hospital staffs,taxvalas while in india you can never expect respect from these categories.I love China and hope China and India would be the best friends in the next century. Those who blame china,visit that country atleasy once.
Ramesh (Riyadh) replies to Indian
15 Aug, 2011 11:30 PM
HI, I was a resident of Hongkong for 5 years and have been a wide traveller throughout the world including those of developed and relatively lesser developed world including Pakistan, Congo. Honestly every country is beautiful and all people want peace and progress. Stop being critical of any country, culture etc. Govts may be bad but usually not people in the long run. Respect for Indians is increasing almost everywhere by the day, exceptions some incidents in few countries.
ankur (wuhan, china)
15 Aug, 2011 09:08 PM
even i have a permanent resident status for 5 years. most students in my batch (medicine) have resident status for 5 years.
Manmohan malhotra (Delhi)
15 Aug, 2011 08:55 PM
This is a welcome step from chinese Govt.