The government was yesterday urged to delete some requirements for the granting of Hong Kong SAR passports to foreigners living in the city. Currently, many foreigners baulk at conditions stating that applicants must have sufficient Chinese-language proficiency, reasonable income and close relations. Figures from the Immigration Department show 166 applications for Special Administrative Region passports were received from foreigners last year, of which 88 per cent were successful. Democratic Party legislator Albert Chan Wai-yip, who met Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong yesterday, said South Asian groups had expressed deep concern over problems with passport applications. 'Unreasonable requirements should be abolished. It is, for example, unreasonable that one has to have enough income in order to qualify for a passport. Such people have already fulfilled the main criterion of the nationality law of China that they are residing in China. 'Some have resided here for decades and regard the Hong Kong SAR or the Chinese mainland as their homeland and have a strong sense of belonging to Hong Kong and consider themselves to be Hongkongers or Chinese. 'Yet the government's immigration policy is still such that it prevents such ethnic groups from integrating into the community,' he said. Mr Chan cited Article 31 of the Basic Law of Hong Kong that says: 'Hong Kong residents shall have freedom of movement within the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and freedom of emigration to other countries and regions.'