Forums > Living in Kunming > American Citizen Voter Registration
The options on the absentee ballots are for whatever voting district you previously resided in.
If you get the absentee ballot directly from your home district, then it will have everything that's on the local ballot for that election: district and state representatives, ballot initiatives, etc.
There's another method, called the Federal Postcard Ballot, which is distributed by the federal government. It covers federal elections only, so this year it would be just for any congress or senate seats that are up for grabs.
Forums > Living in Kunming > Getting a Mortgage in Kunming
I looked into it a few years ago, and at that point at least, it wasn't about regulations, but about what the banks were willing to do.
Only a handful of banks, mostly international ones, were willing to give mortgages to foreigners, which I guess is because they need to know how to take international legal action in case of default.
The problem is, of those banks, none of the ones I looked at were willing to do it in Kunming. They were only offering the service in a few key markets with much larger foreigner populations.
As for the requirements for buying a house, they're pretty lax. I believe there's a rule on the books about proving you've been a legal resident in Kunming for more than a year, but I'm not sure if it's being enforced right now.
Forums > Living in Kunming > Options for residence permit extension
You can get the humanitarian extension, but you need a page in your passport, as it's basically a new visa.
Forums > Living in Kunming > Foreigner’s work permit card
Has there been any confirmation that this actually works as ID? I was under the impression that these new numbers were permanent, and would be used for tax records, but still would not work as ID numbers, at least for now.
Forums > Living in Kunming > Renewal of work and resident permits
Before renewing the residence permit, you have to renew your work permit, which is done at the Foreign Experts Bureau. See how much they are willing to process applications in advance. They have a massive backlog trying to deal with the new requirements and application program. I put my papers in two months before expiration, and I didn't get them back until a week before my residence permit expired.