Top 20 hardest-to-get and most annoying certificates and permits that are involved in the whole life of ordinary mainland Chinese    

 

Let us have a look at the top 20 hardest-to-get and most annoying certificates and permits that mainland Chinese have to apply for from respective authorities. ...More

 

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No. 20: CET-4 and CET-6 (College English Test Level 4 and Level 6) certificates indicating English knowledge level of the carriers. Mentally harassing index: 2/10, Physically harassing index:1/10 , and Annoying index: 1/10. CET-4 is prerequisite for bachelor degree for some Chinese university while CET-6 is for master degree. Many college students have sit up for many nights to pass the exam while some dull students in English can not get their degree diploma for being unable to get the certificates even though they excel in professional subjects. Anyway these two certificates are very useful in looking for good jobs.

By Bernd Chang

 

In a communist country where the government controls almost every resource and all the human activities, it is not surprising that Chinese have to apply for the biggest number of certificates or permits from the respective government departments of China.

A thread saying Chinese have to apply for up to 80 certificates or permits during their whole life have been popular in many major Chinese forums.

From womb to tomb, from birth permit to death certificate, Chinese are engaging with certificates and permits throughout their life, and the majority of which are not free. Getting many of the certificates and permits are usually a time, energy and money consuming process, which has been harassing many Chinese mentally and physically.

It is not exagerated to say that Chinese can not survive and without certificates and permits issued from the government! Behind every certificate and permit, it usually involves helplessness, fatigue, tears, disgust, desperation and submitting money earned with hardworking on the side of the applicants, and involves arrogance, straight face, making money easily with power on the side of the government.

From the long list of different certificates and permits, a list of 20 have been voted as the hardest-to-get and most annoying certificates or permits that Chinese have to apply for from the authorities.

The list was drafted out based on the mentally harassing index, physically harassing index and annoying index. Each index is graded in ten levels. Let us have look of the list.

No. 20: CET-4 and CET-6 (College English Test Level 4 and Level 6) certificates indicating English knowledge level of the carriers. Mentally harassing index: 2/10, Physically harassing index:1/10 , and Annoying index: 1/10.

No. 19: Temporary residential permit and residence permit. Mentally harassing index: 3/10, Physically harassing index: 2/10, and Annoying index: 2/10. These two permits allow a citizen to work and live in a city where they were not born or their permanent residence is not registered in.

No. 18: Unemployment certificate or certificate of being unemployed. Mentally harassing index: 4/10, Physically harassing index: 2/10, and Annoying index: 3/10. This certificate that allows you to receive the usually minimal unemployment relief from Chinese governmnent.

No. 17: Social security certificate. Mentally harassing index: 4/10, Physically harassing index: 3/10, and Annoying index: 3/10. This certificate allows the bearer to receive pension, enjoy discounted medical care. The importance of it is needless to say and it is understandable that some call it "certificate for survival".

No. 16: Driving license. Mentally harassing index: 4/10, Physically harassing index: 4/10, and Annoying index: 3/10.

No. 15: Passport. Mentally harassing index: 4/10, Physically harassing index: 4/10, and Annoying index: 3/10.

No. 14: Not committed a crime certificate or paper certifying no criminal record. Mentally harassing index: 5/10, Physically harassing index: 5/10, and Annoying index: 4/10.

No. 13: Retiree certificate or retiring permit. Mentally harassing index: 6/10, Physically harassing index: 5/10, and Annoying index: 4/10.

No. 12: Certificate of being old person. Mentally harassing index: 6/10, Physically harassing index: 6/10, and Annoying index: 5/10. This certificate allows the aged to enjoy some privileges such as taking a bus free.

No. 11: Glory certificate for having single child. Mentally harassing index: 7/10, Physically harassing index: 6/10, and Annoying index: 5/10. It is a certificate granted to those Chinese parents that have only one child as a product of China's strictly enforced one-child policy.

No. 10: Marriage certificate and divorce certificate. Mentally harassing index: 7/10, Physically harassing index: 7/10, and Annoying index: 6/10. These two certificates have to be applied in Hukou place of either party.

No. 9: Chinese communist party membership certificate. Mentally harassing index: 7/10, Physically harassing index: 7/10, and Annoying index: 6/10. Every Chinese knows a party membership means huge benefits and privileges and a stepping stone to fortune, prosperity and power in China. It takes a candidate at least one year to be accepted by the great party from the time when an application is submitted. Anyway the good point is that it does not matter whether you really believe in communism.

No. 8: Birth certificate. Mentally harassing index: 7/10, Physically harassing index: 8/10, and Annoying index: 7/10. As soon as you were born, you should have a certificate to show the authority that you are legal.

No. 7: Birth permit called by ordinary Chinese, but actually the government names it far more pleasant: Family planning serving certificate. Mentally harassing index: 8/10, Physically harassing index: 8/10, and Annoying index: 7/10. Without this birth permit, you may be killed at every time point during your 10-month lifetime in your mother's abdomen by your craven parents or forcefully by the family planning cadres.

No. 6: Birth permit for the second child. Mentally harassing index:9 /10, Physically harassing index: 8/10, and Annoying index: 8/10. China allows second birth for parents in rural area if the first baby is a girl and parents in cities who are both single child. But to get the permit, you have to submit piles of documents, other permits, certificates and of course, money to various government departments. The daunting procedure has prevented many Chinese from just thinking of having a second baby.

No. 5: Not-dead certificate or paper certifying you are not dead. Mentally harassing index: 9/10, Physically harassing index: 8/10, and Annoying index: 8/10. A living human in front of the powerful government officials can only testify he/she is not dead by showing a not-dead certificate issued by another government department.

No. 4: Disability certificate. Mentally harassing index: 9/10, Physically harassing index: 9/10, and Annoying index: 8/10. It is easy to check with the eyes whether a person is handicapped or not, but all public bus, metro system and other government related service providers that can provide some discounted or free service for disabled people only care if you bear a disability certificate.

No. 3: Property ownership certificate. Mentally harassing index: 9/10, Physically harassing index: 9/10, and Annoying index: 9/10. For many ordinary Chinese, their lifetime dream is just owning an apartment and having a property ownership certificate. With property prices rocketing to sky high during the last decade from 2000 RMB to 20000 RMB per square meters, Chinese find their dream is harder and harder to be realized, and if realized, it usually means a lifetime burden on them or a significant decline of living standard.

No. 2: Death certificate. Mentally harassing index: 9/10, Physically harassing index: 9/10, and Annoying index: 9/10. A living person has to testify he/she is not dead, a dead person is required to have it testified that he/she is not alive.

No. 1: Cremation certificate. Mentally harassing index: 10/10, Physically harassing index: 10/10, and Annoying index: 10/10. Without cremation certificate a dead Chinese is not allowed to be buried! Most Chinese local governments require dead Chinese first be burned in government-sanctioned crematoriums before being buried, which usually cost several hundred to several thousand RMB.

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No. 19: Temporary residential permit and residence permit. Mentally harassing index: 3/10, Physically harassing index: 2/10, and Annoying index: 2/10. Without one of these two permits, a citizen can not live or work in a city where their permanent residence is not registered in or where they were not born. The temporary residential permit has been gradually replaced with the residence permit. Compared with the former, the latter authorizes the permit bearer more rights, including enjoying social security, medical insurance, education for children, etc. But the latter is still significantly subordinate to Hukou, or registered permanent residence.
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No. 18: Unemployment certificate or certificate of being unemployed. Mentally harassing index: 4/10, Physically harassing index: 2/10, and Annoying index: 3/10. Firstly you have to provide a pile of documents to apply for this certificate that allows you to receive the usually minimal unemployment relief, secondly this is an undesirable certificate that anyone wants to get.
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No. 17: Social security certificate. Mentally harassing index: 4/10, Physically harassing index: 3/10, and Annoying index: 3/10. This certificate allows the bearer to receive pension, enjoy discounted medical care. The importance of it is needless to say and it is understandable that some call it "certificate for survive".
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No. 16: Driving license. Mentally harassing index: 4/10, Physically harassing index: 4/10, and Annoying index: 3/10. With the rapid development of Chinese economy, more and more family can afford a car and accordingly more people are applying for a driving license. But the government will not ignore the chance of making easy money on it. The price for training in government-controlled driving training schools has at least tripled in the last decade. Now the tuition is about 3000 (480 USD) to 6000 RMB (960 USD) depending on areas.
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No. 15: Passport. Mentally harassing index: 4/10, Physically harassing index: 4/10, and Annoying index: 3/10. The need to travel overseas and study abroad has caused the application for passport rocketing in China. The fee for it is about 250 RMB and time is one to two weeks.
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No. 14: Not committed a crime certificate or paper certifying no criminal record. Mentally harassing index: 5/10, Physically harassing index: 5/10, and Annoying index: 4/10. The case that a not-committed-a-crime certificate is required is not so often, but it does not mean it is easy to get such a paper.
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No. 13: Retiree certificate or retiring permit. Mentally harassing index: 6/10, Physically harassing index: 5/10, and Annoying index: 4/10. Many old Chinese find it a sometimes desperate procedure to apply for this certificate. They usually have to commute repeatedly between several different government departments and some of the departments kick them around like a ball.
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No. 12: Certificate of being old person. Mentally harassing index: 6/10, Physically harassing index: 6/10, and Annoying index: 5/10. This certificate allows the aged to enjoy some privileges such as taking a bus free. The applicant should at least be a permanent resident. In an era when human mobility is frequent but a country where one fourth of the population live or work in a place different from their Hukou, or registered permanent residence, just this precondition keeps many old people outside.
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No. 11: Glory certificate for having single child. Mentally harassing index: 7/10, Physically harassing index: 6/10, and Annoying index: 5/10. It is a certificate granted to those Chinese parents that have only one child as a product of China's strictly enforced one-child policy. Although the name Glory Certificate indicates it is mainly an honour for the bearer, actually it does provide some benefits for the parents: 5 RMB per month until the child grows up to 18 years old. This standard has remained the same since 1980s although the penalty fine for excessive babies has increased up to 1000 times during the last three decades from several hundred RMB to tens of thousand for rich couples. Anyway, the 5-yuan bonus is better than nothing.
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No. 10: Marriage certificate and divorce certificate. Mentally harassing index: 7/10, Physically harassing index: 7/10, and Annoying index: 6/10. These two certificates have to be applied in Hukou place of either party. Marriage certificate should be congratulated, but the divorce certificate is a distressing one that usually leads to further quarrel and fight.
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No. 9: Chinese communist party membership certificate. Mentally harassing index: 7/10, Physically harassing index: 7/10, and Annoying index: 6/10. Every Chinese knows a party membership means huge benefits and privileges and a stepping stone to fortune, prosperity and power in China. But the numerous benefits also means the party must restrict the number otherwise China will be a country of equality if every Chinese join them. Unlike in the west, a citizen can join a party just when they fill in a form, it is a time and energy consuming process to become a party member. You have to show your loyalty and capability to the party cadres and be checked repeatedly by the local branch party secretaries. It takes a candidate at least one year to be accepted by the great party from the time when an application is submitted. Anyway the good point is that it does not matter whether you really believe in communism.
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No. 8: Birth certificate. Mentally harassing index: 7/10, Physically harassing index: 8/10, and Annoying index: 7/10. As soon as you were born, you should have a certificate to show the authority that you are legal. The birth certificate shows the birth day, birth time, weight, height, general physical conditions at birth, parents information, etc.. This certificate is very important for the whole life of a Chinese.
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No. 7: Birth permit called by ordinary Chinese, but actually the government names it far more pleasant: Family planning serving certificate. Mentally harassing index: 8/10, Physically harassing index: 8/10, and Annoying index: 7/10. A birth certificate is the first certificate a Chinese has since he or she is born, but this birth permit is what your parents have to apply for before you are still a fertilized egg! Without this birth permit, you may be killed at every time point during your 10-month lifetime in your mother's abdomen by your craven parents or forcefully by the family planning cadres. But getting it is really a tiring process for your parents and if you are hatched before marriage or not the first child, this permit sometimes means a cost of thousands to hundreds of thousands of RMB.
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No. 6: Birth permit for the second child. Mentally harassing index:9 /10, Physically harassing index: 8/10, and Annoying index: 8/10. Birth permit for the first child is hard to get, birth permit for the second child is understandably much more difficult for your parents. China allows second birth for parents in rural area if the first baby is a girl and parents in cities who are both single children. But to get the permit, you have to submit piles of documents, other permits, certificates and of course, money to various government departments. The daunting procedure has prevented many Chinese from just thinking of having a second baby.
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No. 5: Not-dead certificate or paper certifying you are not dead. Mentally harassing index: 9/10, Physically harassing index: 8/10, and Annoying index: 8/10. A living human in front of the powerful government officials can only testify he/she is not dead by showing a not-dead certificate issued by another government department. Such kind of absurdity can only happen in absurd countries!
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No. 4: Disability certificate. Mentally harassing index: 9/10, Physically harassing index: 9/10, and Annoying index: 8/10. It is easy to check with the eyes whether a person is handicapped or not, but all public bus, metro system and other government related service providers that can provide some discounted or free service for disabled people only care if you bear a disability certificate.
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No. 3: Property ownership certificate. Mentally harassing index: 9/10, Physically harassing index: 9/10, and Annoying index: 9/10. Xi Jinping’s China dream is interpreted to be making China a powerful country with loud voice in international arenas; For many ordinary Chinese, their lifetime dream is just owning an apartment and having a property ownership certificate. With property prices rocketing to sky high during the last decade from 2000 RMB to 20000 RMB per square meters, Chinese find their dream is harder and harder to be realized, and if realized, it usually means a lifetime burden on them or a significant decline of living standard.
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No. 2: Death certificate. Mentally harassing index: 9/10, Physically harassing index: 9/10, and Annoying index: 9/10. A living person has to testify he/she is not dead, a dead person is required to have it testified that he/she is not alive. Although not every Chinese encounters such circumstances, they happen to Chinese people numbered in millions!
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No. 1: Cremation certificate. Mentally harassing index: 10/10, Physically harassing index: 10/10, and Annoying index: 10/10. Without cremation certificate a dead Chinese is not allowed to be buried! Chinese tradition is to place the integral corpse of the dead relatives in coffin and then bury them. But in the name of following international practice and saving arable land, most Chinese local governments require dead Chinese first be burned in government-sanctioned crematoriums, which usually cost several hundred to several thousand RMB.
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A thread saying Chinese have to apply for up to 80 certificates or permits during their whole life have been popular in many major Chinese forums. From womb to tomb, from birth permit to death certificate, Chinese are engaging with certificates and permits throughout their life, and the majority of which are not free. Behind every certificate and permit, it involves helplessness, fatigue, tears, disgust, desperation and submitting money earned with hardworking on the side of the applicants, and involves arrogance, straight face, making money easily with power on the side of the Chinese government. Maybe some day the Chinese need a certificate of being a human, who knows?
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