Expanded scope of work visa and residence permit
More foreigners will now have better employment opportunities as the scope of eligibility for a long term work visa has been expanded. These include:
- Foreigners working in higher education or businesses that support entrepreneurship;
- Recent graduates from overseas institutions;
- Those who are doing an internship in China.
A foreigner who has been granted a work-related residence permit for two consecutive times (one year or longer) can apply for a residence permit of five years. Moreover, foreigners who are already in China and have gotten a job offer will no longer have to leave Mainland China. Previously, qualified applicants have to apply for their work visa at the overseas Chinese consulate or embassy. This means that foreign graduates of Chinese universities do not need to go back home to apply for a Z-visa. After getting the work permit notice letter (WPL), they can apply for the work visa directly while in China.
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Although a qualified foreigner can apply for a residence permit for five years, it is not clear whether a work permit will also be granted. The said work permit will be administered by the National Foreign Experts Bureau.
Internship in China
Overseas interns hired by ‘well-known companies’ can apply for a one-year internship visa in China. However, this is not the same for interns coming to China under intergovernmental arrangements. According to the rule, they will have to apply for a work-related residence permit rather than an internship visa.
Revised rules on permanent residency in China
On February 27, 2020, China’s Ministry of Justice released a draft regarding the policies on granting a “green card” to foreigners. Based on the proposed conditions, a foreigner with the following core qualifications can apply for permanent residency in China.
- With an outstanding contribution to China and has a key position in major development industries;
- Has good tax and credit records and stable investment conditions relevant to China’s foreign investment laws;
- Needs to reunite with family in China; aged 60 years old and a dependent of a Chinese family or a foreign family having permanent residency status in China.
To see the full details of eligibility for permanent residency, read through the Notice of the Ministry of Justice.
Also, check out our previous article on How to get a Permanent Residence Permit in China
China’s National Immigration Administration has enforced the above rules since August 2019 and facilitated the exit-entry procedures for foreign talents. However, the easing of rules on permanent residency in China has caused concerns among Chinese citizens. According to the report, Chinese citizens are worried about losing job opportunities and competing for public welfare resources. Locals expect these problems to occur if more foreigners will be granted permanent residency.
On the other hand, relaxed visa measures indicate a better work environment for foreign employment. Furthermore, the newly drafted rules on immigration to China may be welcoming for foreigners planning to settle down in China.
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