Last update : January 2018.
This article explains China’s New Work Visa Policy recently implemented in Mid-2017.
A few months after the implementation of China´s new visa points system on April 1st of 2017, Chinese authorities have made some modifications in the table points. These adjustments are mainly reflected by the decrease of points that can be obtained by the Chinese language proficiency and a new segmentation of China´s working industries.
The Shanghai Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, has implemented the following changes since July 1st2017:
The two former types of Work Permits do not exist anymore, they have been combined to become a sole and unique Foreigner’s Work Permit. Work permits are now divided between 3 categories (A, B or C).
Applicants are now required to provide two new documents:
The former system allowed foreigners to apply for two different types of work permits:
The new regulations not only allow applicants to apply online, but also combine both work permit types into a single one.
Since April 1st, 2017, every work permit will be classified into A, B, or C according to a points system implemented by the government. This points system numerically grades different aspects such as educational background, Chinese language proficiency, salary, working location, etc. The grading system for foreign workers will follow the following structure:
Type C worker are considered as rejected by the points system.
Since the new system was implemented many foreign workers have encountered difficulties the immigration requirements. Nevertheless, it is possible to obtain a Chinese work visa approval with the help of Professional Employment Organizations (PEO). Usually, these organizations have less difficulties to have working visas issued than normal companies, due to their scope of activity being entirely dedicated to human resources management and hiring professionals. PEOs enable businesses to overcome the restrictions imposed on hiring a limited number of foreign employees.
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Chinese visa regulations change frequently. These frequent changes are partly due to a government led process of reforms that began in 2015 aiming to strengthen regulation and management of visa policies for foreigners. New changes are designed to root out those who choose to work in Shanghai without a proper visa.
Subsequently, a list of the recent changes that have taken place:
As of mid-July 2016, the new requirements are:
Specific to Shanghai only, The Shanghai Labor Bureau is now allowing recent college graduates to obtain a working visa waiving the 2 years working experience. This is narrowly defined and applies only if the applicant has a Master’s Degree or higher (obtained from a university in Shanghai) and is employed by a company registered in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone or Zhang Jiang High Technology Park.
Companies must now apply for a user ID number and be verified before they can hire foreign employees. This takes around 5-15 working days.
The 144-hour (6 days) Visa-Free Transit policy is now valid in Shanghai and the Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces. The revised policy allows travelers from 51 countries who transit through the PRC destined for another location including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan to enter the PRC visa-free.
It is now mandatory for foreigners with a new passport to transfer their old visa to their current passport within 10 days. The clock starts on the date the new passport was issued.
The renewal time of a work permit has been extended from 3 to 5 working days.