8 more convenient visa policy for foreign work permit application

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10th March 2020, Shanghai Foreign Expert Bureau provide more convenience policy for foreign experts to do their work permit application, details below:

  1. Reduction or exemption application materials for foreign high-end talents
    Foreign high-end talents (Class A) who work in Shanghai are not restricted by age, education, and work experience. When applying for a work permit for foreign high-end talent whom is over 65 years old, employer is exempt from attaching insurance documents, insurance commitments, and third party commitments.

  2. Shorten the time in review and approve for cancellation of Foreigners' Work Permits in China
    For foreign talents get employment transfer more conveniently in Shanghai, the approval time for the cancellation of the Foreigner's Work Permit is shortened from 10 working days to a maximum of 3 working days.

  3. Proving employment termination by upload e-documents
    During the epidemic period, once the employer and the foreign talents agree to terminate the labor contract, while the foreign talents cannot sign the certificate of dissolution, the documents such as relative email loop, discussion record via WeChat or the certificate of dissolution with electronic signature can be recognized.

  4. E-documents could be used as tax clearance proof records
    For foreign talents who originally taking the salary commitment, the e-document of tax withholding and payment uploaded by the employer can be recognized while the personal income tax payment records issued by the tax department are unnecessary.

  5. Relaxing of salary commitments
    For employer apply for the extension for foreign talents who originally taking the salary commitment, during the epidemic period (tentatively scheduled from February to April, 2020) foreign employee’s salary can be loose appropriately.

  6. Cancel the time limit for applying for extension the Foreigner’s Work Permit temporarily
    Temporarily cancel the restriction of which “Extension application must be submitted 30 days before the expiry of the license”, the employer can submit it online only before the expiry of the license. Restarting the original time limit will be notified separately.

  7. Accept the materials of "Automatic extension of validity period of stay in China"
    During the epidemic period, if foreign talent’s visa or residence permit expired, while they had not left the country, and within the automatic extension period stipulated by the immigration management department, they could apply for a Foreigner’s Work Permit in Shanghai

  8. Provide service guarantee to support foreign experts to resume work and production
    The foreign experts service departments in all districts and employers shall conscientiously implement the requirements for epidemic prevention and control in Shanghai, proactively take care of foreign experts, promptly respond to the needs of foreign experts, and provide services for foreign experts in working and living to support resume work and production.


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