Xiamen recently launched a one-stop service window for expats, bringing more convenience to them for work and residence permits application. Eligible foreigners in Xiamen can apply for work and residence permits at the same time now!
△ An expat applies for work and residence permits at the one-stop service window in Xiamen Software Park.
According to Xiamen Daily, a one-stop service window for expats to apply for work and residence permits recently started operating at Xiamen Software Park in East China’s Fujian province.
The service window was created by the city’s science and technology bureau, public security bureau and the administration of Xiamen Torch Development Zone for High Technology Industries. It is the first service window of its kind in Fujian to integrate administrative procedures from different departments, as reported.
Previously, expats and their employers had to apply for the work permit at the sci-tech bureau and then handle the residence permit at the public security bureau after acquiring the work permit, which would take about a week.
At the one-stop service window, expats can apply for the work and residence permits at the same time. Those who qualify can receive the work permit on the spot, while the residence permit will be mailed in two weekdays.
According to Luo Lei, senior official at the city’s sci-tech bureau, more targeted services such as online registration will be introduced in the near future to bring more convenience to expats in Xiamen.
SIMILAR SERVICE IN OTHER CITIES
Thanks to its favorable living and working environment, Xiamen has won the title of the Most Attractive Chinese City for Expats six times. But it is not the only place in the country providing this service.
Last year, Guangzhou Municipal Science and Technology Bureau and Guangzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau introduced simplifying process for a specific group of foreigners to apply for work permit and residence permit at a single window.
Shanghai has also adopted Single Window for Foreigners’ Work Permit and Residence Permit, allowing foreigners who meet the conditions to apply for both permits at the same time.
Cities in other provinces such as Zhejiang and Guangxi have also rolled out similar policies. It is expected that such favorable policies will be eventually implemented nationwide.
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SOURCE | Xiamen FAO