Get Work Permits Within Just a Few Days Now! How?
Beijing and nine other cities and provinces are trialing the new ‘top talent’ visa scheme, which launched on January 1. A senior Microsoft executive has been issued the very first “Certificate for Foreign High-End Talent” in Beijing.
The foreigner was revealed by state media to be Sajualumootll George, Microsoft’s director of human resources for Asia Pacific. With the certificate, George is eligible for a 10-year multi-entry visa.
The second and third recipients were identified as US professors Chong Gu of Purdue University and Lucio Soibelman from the University of Southern California.
● Sample plate of confirmation letter for High Level Foreign Talents
The new regulation allows certain foreign experts to spend time “getting to know the country” before they start their work permit application.
Under new rules for the R visa (otherwise known as the “China Talent Visa”) issued on January 1, they’d be allowed to stay in the country for up to 180 days (six months) at a time on a multiple entry visa that will be valid for five to ten years. Their spouses and children would also be eligible.
There’s a catch, though. Those qualified to apply include “top scientists, international entrepreneurs and other talent with specific high-level skills that are in need in the development of the country’s economy and society” (AKA the ‘Category A’ types).
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Qualified foreign experts will also benefit from a new streamlined visa application which could reduce the (normally months-long) issuing process to just a few days.
Vetted by Three Different Departments
After uploading information through a free online portal, eligible expats will have their application vetted by three different departments (the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Public Security) within five days. The process normally takes 10 days.
Once the departments have deemed the candidate as worthy of ‘top talent’ certification, a visa will be issued within two days.
Currently there isn’t much information available on how to actually apply for the R visa online, but we’d recommend contacting your employer or visa sponsors for further inquiries.
Meanwhile, regular work permit holders will soon be required to renew on a much stricter deadline. Effective February 28, the renewal applications must be submitted 30 days in advance of the expiry date.
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China Daily /That’sPRD /People.cn