1. Expand the acceptance scope of passport applications
The current situation requires overseas Chinese to stay in foreign countries for a long time if they want to get new passports. However, after the new changes, overseas Chinese will no longer be required to settle abroad if they renew the passport, which means that in addition to the circumstances that can't be issued by laws and regulations including Chinese citizens' short-period travel abroad or the expiration of the passport, overseas Chinese could renew passports without staying abroad for a long period.
2. Loose the application material requirements
Drawing on the common international practice, the new application policy introduces the declaration system for the nationality status of passport applicants, which means that applicants now could make a statement of their own national status personally and take responsibility for the contents of the statements instead of going to the organizations to issue statements.
In addition, the preparations for passport applications would be easier for the applicants. Apart from the local valid residence permits or visas, people could choose to provide local medical cards, social security cards, bank statements, and the water and electricity bills to prove that the applicants could apply for the passport abroad. Any of these proofs could be valid for the application.