State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs: Notice on Implementation of Plans for Employment Licenses for Foreigners Coming to China for Work

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”

Jumping through Hoops: China Visas for Athletes, Performing Artists, Film Production

jump-through-hoopsThis article introduces China visa rules as they apply to athletes, performing artists, and film production.

The rules have been re-shaped by the recent Exit-Entry Administration Law (2013),[1] implementing regulations (2013),[2] and ministry-level rules on short-term work assignments (2015).[3] Continue reading “Jumping through Hoops: China Visas for Athletes, Performing Artists, Film Production”

Training: Immigration Law Issues for Foreigners Working or Doing Business in China

China_VisaMar. 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.

Wall Street Journal on China’s Recruitment of Foreign Soccer Players (Quoting Gary Chodorow)

china soccer fansTrying 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)”

New Visa Pilot Program in Beijing’s Zhongguancun Science Park

zhongguancunBeijing’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”

Guide to Z Visas and Work Authorization in China

Z Visa Guide CoverThis 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”

Is China’s Ability to Attract Foreign Talent Hindered by Confucianist Culture and Xenophobic Politics?

integrationThe 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?”

Translation: Short-Term Work Assignment Rules

CN-Eng translationWhat 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 [2014] 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”