Some Foreigners Can Now Get Work Permits Within Just a Few Days

By That's, January 5, 2018

4 0

Good news for some foreigners: China is now allowing 'top overseas talent' to stay in the country for a few months without having to apply for a work permit. And they'll be put on a fast-track visa application process once they decide to stay.

According to China Daily, the new regulation allows certain foreign experts to spend time "getting to know the country" before they start their work permit application. Under new rules for the R visa (otherwise known as the "China Talent Visa") issued on January 1, they'd be allowed to stay in the country for up to 180 days (six months) at a time on a multiple entry visa that will be valid for five to ten years. Their spouses and children would also be eligible.

READ MORE: Here's How China's New Expat Grading System Will Work

There's a catch, though. Those qualified to apply include "top scientists, international entrepreneurs and other talent with specific high-level skills that are in need in the development of the country's economy and society" (AKA the 'Category A' types; read more about the different levels here).

Qualified foreign experts will also benefit from a new streamlined visa application which could reduce the (normally months-long) issuing process to just a few days.

After uploading information through a free online portal, eligible expats will have their application vetted by three different departments (the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Public Security) within five days. The process normally takes 10 days.

Once the departments have deemed the candidate as worthy of 'top talent' certification, a visa will be issued within two days.

Currently there isn't much information available on how to actually apply for the R visa online, but we'd recommend contacting your employer or visa sponsor for further inquiries.

Meanwhile, regular work permit holders will soon be required to renew on a much stricter deadline. Effective February 28, the renewal applications must be submitted 30 days in advance of the expiry date.

more news

You'll Be Getting Days Off Work Next Month for the Import Expo

Xi Jingping is coming to town, which makes it kind of a big deal.

Foreigners Can Now Invest in China's Domestic Stock Market

In a move to further open up its stock markets, the countries top security regulator approved a regulation in which foreign individual investors can have onshore security accounts.

Lost Your Passport? It's Now Way Faster to Replace Your Visa in Shanghai

The new expedited visa service enables foreigners who lose their passports in Shanghai to get a new visa processed in just seven days or less.

China's Making it Easier for International Students to Get Jobs

Soon it will be much easier for international students to get a job or internship in China.

Shanghai Introduces New Business Startup Visa

Select districts in Shanghai are piloting a new 'business startup visa' which will enable foreign entrepreneurs to live in China while establishing a business.

The Expat Show Returns to Shanghai This Fall!

Everything for your everyday life in Shanghai!

This Chinese City is Most Expensive in the World for Expats

Four Asian cities ranked among the top five most expensive destinations in the world for foreign professionals.

Shanghai Voted Most 'Attractive' City for Foreigners in Mainland China

If you don't live in Shanghai, don't feel too badly. Beijing, Shenzhen, Suzhou and Guangzhou all ranked in the top ten.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at Thats_Shanghai for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in Shanghai With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday

Subscribe

Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Shanghai!

Visit the archives

Get the App. Your essential China city companion.