Improved Immigration and Visa Policies for Expatriates
In this article, we provide essential insight relayed to improved immigration and visa policies for expatriates:
- Expert residence permit and green card
- Benefit for high earners
- Long-term 5-year residence permit
- Personal employment permit
- Private affairs visa for entrepreneurs
- Residence permits for foreign university graduates in China
- Job seeker visa upgrade
- Z-visa on arrival
In 2015, New visa policies which are job-seeker friendly have been implemented by the Ministry of Public Security in Shanghai, which will make the working visa process expedient and much more convenient than the time-consuming previous one. These may be of an advantage to job seeking foreigners in China and existing working expatriates wanting to obtain a long term residence permit or the permanent residence permit (also called China green card / D Visa)
Expert residence permit and green card
Good news for Technology and Engineering professionals. The Shanghai Science and Technology Commission has created a list of 3,500 ‘Innovative’ firms whose foreign employees qualify as ‘experts’. If your employer is one of these 3,500 companies, you can now apply for a new five-year work permit. Once you have worked for 3+ years, you can directly apply for permanent residency (China green card [D Visa]).
Benefit for high earners
Long-term 5-year residence permit
Expatriates who have continuously worked a minimum of 2 years in Shanghai with a working visa, and have not broken any China immigration laws and regulations, can apply 5 years long term working residence permit the next time. Excellent news for those who are weary of the annual residence permit renewal process.
Personal employment permit
Expatriates with (China green card/D Visa) permanent residence permit can hire personnel, who can be issued residence permits. If you have a green card or a 5-year work permit, you may hire a foreign nanny or an ayi.
Private affairs visa for entrepreneurs
Previously, Foreign Entrepreneurs could not enter China without a Work permit. Now, They CAN Apply for a 30-Day Private Affairs (S) Visa on Arrival to Shanghai and convert later. Supporting Documents SUCH as Business Plans and Funding sources are needed though.
Residence permits for foreign university graduates in China
Job seeker visa upgrade
Z-visa on arrival
Foreigners who receive a job offer Shanghai CAN now get Their Z-Visa on Arrival, Provided That They All have the proper Documentation. This new application process will help save costs and time. If you have enough time on your hand, obtaining the required documents beforehand is recommended though.
The information contained in this article is valid on December 11th, 2015. For updated information, please read our article about how to obtain a work visa in China.