The State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs (SAFEA) published this plan on Sept. 27, 2016, to combine the existing two tracks to obtain work authorization into a single process. Previously, one track involved applying to the Human Resources and Social Security Bureau for a work permit (就业证), and the other track involved applying to the Foreign Expert Bureau for a foreign expert permit (专家证). The new process will result in issuance of an ID card with a unique ID number for the foreign worker. Continue reading “State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs: Notice on Implementation of Plans for Employment Licenses for Foreigners Coming to China for Work”
The rules have been re-shaped by the recent Exit-Entry Administration Law (2013), implementing regulations (2013), and ministry-level rules on short-term work assignments (2015). Continue reading “Jumping through Hoops: China Visas for Athletes, Performing Artists, Film Production”
Mar. 25, 8:30am to 5:30pm at Beijing DHH Law Firm: China has become an attractive country for foreign investors and individuals to seek economic opportunities. This has led to an increased demand by foreigners for Z visas and work authorization in China. This training will provide up-to-date information about China visas and immigration laws as they relate to foreigners working and doing business in China. The target audience is HR managers and foreigners working, investing, or doing business in China. More.
As a publicity stunt, consumer electronics giant Suning Commerce Group hired a number of foreign students to work as express delivery couriers over Spring Festival in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanjing, and Chengdu. Continue reading “Oops! As Publicity Stunt, Suning (Illegally) Hires Foreign Students to Make Deliveries”
Trying to impress my 8-year-old son, Jacob, I told him that I was quoted in today’s Wall Street Journal about how China’s national soccer team is seeking to recruit foreign players. His response: that was an odd choice by the Journal because dad knows nothing about soccer. Sigh. Continue reading “Wall Street Journal on China’s Recruitment of Foreign Soccer Players (Quoting Gary Chodorow)”
Beijing’s Zhongguancun Science Park has received approval from the Ministry of Public Security for a visa pilot program to take effect March 1. The policy is meant to lure foreign talent to help to continue to develop Zhonguancun as a national center for science and technology innovation. Zhongguancun covers 488 square kilometers and has more than 20,000 companies. Continue reading “New Visa Pilot Program in Beijing’s Zhongguancun Science Park”
This free Guide summarizes the requirements and procedures to apply for a Z visa and work authorization in China. The focus is on positions requiring an employment license issued by a local Human Resources and Social Security (HRSS) bureau. Each step of the process is covered: employment license, visa notification letter, Z visa and entry, medical examination, work permit, and residence permit. Issues related to accompanying family members are covered as well. The Guide concludes with a discussion of additional terms and conditions of stay in China for workers and their family members. Continue reading “Guide to Z Visas and Work Authorization in China”
The State Council has made recruitment of foreign talent part of the national plan for reform and innovation. ” 中共中央 国务院关于深化体制机制改革加快实施创新驱动发展战略的若干意见 (Mar. 13, 2015). But recruitment isn’t enough. Retention is key. Continue reading “Is China’s Ability to Attract Foreign Talent Hindered by Confucianist Culture and Xenophobic Politics?”
What follows in our unofficial translation of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Public Security, and Ministry of Culture, Notice of Relevant Procedures for Foreigners Entering China for Completion of Short-Term Work Assignment [《外国人入境完成短期工作任务的相关办理程序（试行）》的通知], Notice No. 78  of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, issued Nov. 6, 2014, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Continue reading “Translation: Short-Term Work Assignment Rules”
The 17th edition of AmCham China’s newly published American Business in China White Paper reflects the collective views of AmCham China’s more than 1,000 member companies on trade and commercial issues that affect the U.S. business community in China. The Visa Policy chapter focuses on: Continue reading “AmCham China White Paper: Visa Policy”
Premier Li Keqiang last month delivered a report to the National People’s Congress, saying “We will work to attract high-caliber foreign professionals and bring in other expertise from overseas.” Soon afterwards, a document released by the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party and the State Council elaborated on this plan. Continue reading “Party and State Council Plan for Immigration to Spur Innovation”
Vice Media yesterday published a story about English teachers in China without proper visas, The Chinese ESL-Industrial Complex: How English Teachers in China Are Lied to and Exploited. The story quotes me in a couple places. Continue reading “Vice Media on Exploitation of English Teachers in China (Quoting Gary Chodorow)”
Physicist Ulf Leonhardt made headlines when he published a theoretical framework for an invisibility cloak. Not long afterwards, he was recruited by the Centre for Optical and Electronic Research (COER) at South China University, at a salary of RMB 133,333 ($21,762) per month — three times his tenured position at the University of St. Andrews.
COER helped him apply to a Chinese government grant program for attracting foreign talent, the Recruitment Program of Foreign Experts. But Leonhardt later came to suspect that much of the grant money was being diverted to other uses. “The fraud they committed was so brazen,” charges Leonhardt. Continue reading “Scientist Alleges Fraud in China’s “Thousand Talent” Foreign Expert Program”
On September 15, Beijing authorities made public the following notice revising the requirements and procedures for work units and foreign nationals to obtain work permits and foreign expert permits. Continue reading “Translation: Notice of Further Enhancing the Administration of Foreign Nationals’ Employment in Beijing”
The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China publishes an annual Position Paper with recommendations to Chinese policy-makers on how to improve the Chinese business environment. The Paper includes various visa-related recommendations: Continue reading “EU Chamber of Commerce in China Position Paper on Visa Issues”
There are signs that China is considering adopting a points system for foreigners applying for work visas. Zhang Jianguo, head of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, in a June speech, said SAFEA may introduce a points system to evaluate applicants for foreign expert licenses. Similar proposals have circulated regarding the separate employment license track for foreigners. Continue reading “Is China Mulling a Points System for Work Visas?”
The Exit-Entry Administration Law, enacted in 2012, made strides towards updating the immigration system. The law focuses on regularizing exit, entry, and residence of foreigners. It reflects a desire to import high-level foreign and returned Chinese professionals and entrepreneurs valuable to the country’s scientific and economic development.
But there’s much more to be done. Here are ten ideas for reforming China’s immigration law system in ways that serve the national interest. Some are big, some small. Continue reading “Ten Ideas for Reforming China’s Immigration System”
Police in Beijing held a fake casting in order to find foreign models working without authorization in China, according to online industry pubications Fashionista and The Business Model. As many as 60 models were arrested during the May 8 sting at M3, a modeling agency located in Jianwai Soho. Many were from Russia and Ukraine. Continue reading “60 Foreign Models Allegedly Scooped up in Beijing Sting, Now Deported”
The Shanghai Exit-Entry Administration and Education Commission have jointly published rules governing off-campus practical training by foreign students. The “Shanghai Interim Rules re: Off-Campus Practical Training by Foreign Students” (Shanghai Exit-Entry Administration Public Notice  No. 199), dated March 27, 2014, are reproduced below. Continue reading “Shanghai: Rules on Off-Campus Practical Training by Foreign Students”
Beijing, Qingdao, and Hangzhou have announced that certain foreign workers will need to submit a “certificate of no criminal conviction” (CNCC), also known as 无犯罪记录证明 or police clearance letter. Continue reading “Police Clearance Letters Required for Foreign Workers: Beijing, Qingdao, Hangzhou (Updated)”