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Immigration Update China

Effective Date: April 1st 2017.

Important notice on changes to the Work Permit Application for foreigners in China. The Shanghai Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (Shanghai Foreign Experts Bureau) has implemented a New Work Permit Application Policy from 1st April 2017 effectively.

Affected parties:

  • Non-Chinese passport holders applying for a work permit in China
  • HR departments of employing companies based in China

The New Work Permit Policy in China has been implemented nationwide beginning April 2017. Now the old “Alien Employment License” and old “Foreign Expert Employment Permit” are integrated into the “Foreigner's Work Permit” in China. This new policy is being implemented by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) in China.

Effective 1st April 2017 onwards, the Shanghai Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (Shanghai Foreign Experts Bureau) will officially implement the Work Permit application under the new immigration policy and all foreign workers will be split into three categories, according to a new point-based evaluation system: A, B, C.

These changes also cover:

  • The elimination of the former Z-visa invitation letter
  • New online pre-application for by local HR

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