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Blog Alert! New China Work Visa Requirements For Foreigners (Nov 2016)

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Alert! New China Work Visa Requirements For Foreigners (Nov 2016)

by Bobby Lee | 14 November 2016


As of Nov 1st 2016 China has bought in a points system for China work visa requirements. How does this affect foreigners working in China, or planning on doing so? Keep reading as we explain...

Which Grade Of Foreigner Are YOU?

china work visa requirements grading

Starting November 1st 2016, foreigners applying for a China work visa will be graded A, B, or C depending on the number of points they accrue. Grade A grouping is for the most talented workers, grade B for professionals, and C being the unskilled workers. The grading system uses points allocated according to the age, location, salary, education and experience in China of the applicant.  

A Non-criminal record certificate is now also required for any foreign employee working in China. This will take time with the waiting period, and requires applicants to prepare for the process earlier to ensure compliance.

china entry stamp in passport

We advise for all of foreign applicants to have the Real Name registration done before the submission date of the new work permit, to avoid any unplanned delays. Real Name registration basically involves all the relevant personal information that has to be registered at the labour Bureau in the city that the job is based in.  Applications for the foreign work permit and residence permit need to be completed within 30 days of the candidate arriving in China.

The new policy will not affect expats who already work in China - but from their next extension they will be on the new system.

Other established requirements, like obtaining a certificate of good health from the PSB clinic in China, and demonstrating proof of where you live / will live, hasn't changed at all.

If you have any questions or concerns about the new regulations, please contact us!

 

Type A

High Level Talents: Talent Points required >85+

Type B

Common Talents: Talent Points 60-85

Type C

 Common Applicants: Talent Points <60

 

Check which type you are by seeing the categories where points will now be awarded:

Points Options

Standards

Points

Direct

Qualification

Be selected to national Talent Plan or international  acknowledged professional contribution standards

Be in the  encouraged  industry or position

Innovative and Entrepreneurial Talent and excellent  young talents

Annual Salary(CNY)

Highest  20

≥ 450,000

20

350,000 - 450,000

17

250,000 - 350,000

14

150,000 - 250,000

11

70,000 - 150,000

8

50,000 - 70,000

5

< 50,000

 

Education

Highest 20

Doctor or equivalent

20

Master or equivalent

15

Bachelor or equivalent

10

Related Working Years

Highest 15

For ≥2, one more year one more points

Highest 15

2 years

5

< 2

0

Annual Working Time

(Month)

Highest 15

≥ 9

15

6 - 9

10

3 - 6

5

< 3

0

Chinese Level

Highest 10

Chinese  related major bachelor or  equivalent

10

HSK 5 Class

10

HSK 4 Class

8

HSK 3 Class

6

HSK 2 Class

4

HSK 1 Class

2

Working Area

Highest 10

Western China

10

South                                                                                        East China

10

Middle or poor area in China

10

Age

Highest 15

18 - 25

10

26 - 45

15

46 - 55

10

56 - 60

5

> 60

0

Graduation

Highest 5

Graduate from World-Top 100 university

5

Work in World-Top 500 companies

5

Encouraged Points from Provincial Government

Shortage talents of local social and economic

0-10

 

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Here is the Chinese version in case you would like to show it to any local colleagues, for instance, your HR department:

积分要素计分赋值表

 

计分项

标准

得分

直接赋予资格项

入选国内人才引进计划和符合国际公认的专业成就认定标准

符合市场导向的鼓励类岗位标准

创新创业人才和优秀青年人才

国内聘用单位支付年薪(万元)

此项最高20分

≥ 450,000

20

350,000 - 450,000

17

250,000 - 350,000

14

150,000 - 250,000

11

70,000 - 150,000

8

50,000 - 70,000

5

< 50,000

 

受教育程度或国际职业资质证明

此项最高20分

博士或相当

20

硕士或相当

15

学士或相当

10

相关工作年限

此项最高15分

超过2年的,每增加一年,增加一分

最高15分

2年

5

< 2

0

每年工作时间

此项最高15分

单位:月

≥ 9

15

 

 

 

The requirements and procedures are expected to change during the trial period, which will run from Nov 1st 2016 to around April 2017. Foreign employers who wish to hire new foreign employees in China should take note of the changes and be prepared for the foreign work permit applications to avoid any unplanned delays. 

What do you think of the new China work visa requirements? Are you affected? How so?
Please leave any questions you may have as a comment below and our experts will be happy to answer.


 

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Bobby Lee

Bobby Lee

Helping make China companies easy since 2007 as a Senior Consultant

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