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24th Mar 2017, Based on the new “Foreigner's Work Permit” (FWP) policy. Now it takes about 15 working days to renew the work permit, plus 7 working days for the residence permit renewal. It's total 22 working days (before it's only 12 working days). If your employer didn't register in the new system, it will take extra 5 working days for online account registration. So VisaInChina suggest all my clients start your work visa renewal application with us at least 45-60 days before your visa expiring.
17th Mar 2017, Important Notice 1: From 23rd March 2017, the new “Foreign Work Permit” policy will start in Shanghai. Every company needs to register a new account in the new system. It takes at least 5 working days. To avoid any delay, please contact with your consultant of VisaInChina for the introduction of new system registration (Your company can start to register now!)
Important Notice 2: From 23rd March 2017, the new “Foreign Work Permit” system will start in Shanghai (much complicate paperwork than before). All old system will be shut down. If you have already gave your paperwork to VisaInChina, please co-operate with your consultant to make sure it will be submitted into government before 23rd March. If you will do your work permit application later after 23rd March, then please re-check with us again for the new requirements.
26th Feb 2017, To attract more foreign talent work in Shanghai, now the Shanghai government release the work visa policy further for fresh graduated foreign student, even they didn't have 2 years working experience (the minimum requirement for China working visa before), if they reach following conditions, they can still apply the working permit and visa here in shanghai directly (more details, please check it with our visa consultant):
16th Oct 2016 (update again on 26th Feb), Shanghai as an experimental unit, will start the new “Work Permit” policy from November 2016, then from 1st April 2017, the whole China will take affect. According to new policy, the old “Alien Employment Permit” and old “Foreign Expert Certificate” will combine to one named “Foreigner’s Work Permit” (FWP). The foreign expert bureau will taking charge of it.
The new policy will divide the foreigner who works in China into 3 categories. Class A (Talent - encourage), Class B (Specialty - control), Class C (Normal - restrict), How to determine?
Class A (if you meet the condition of either one below):
|Annual Salary paid by domestic company (Highest possible score: 20)||450,000 and above||20|
|350,000 - 449,999||17|
|250,000 - 349,999||14|
|150,000 - 249,999||11|
|70,000 - 149,999||8|
|50,000 - 69,999||5|
|Less than 50,000||0|
|Level of Education or International Professional Qualification Certificate (Highest possible score: 20)||Doctor or equivalent||20|
|Master's or equivalent||15|
|Bachelor's or equivalent||10|
|Related work experience
(Highest possible score: 15)
|One additional point for every year above 2 years||Maximum 15|
|Less than 2 years||0|
|Annual working time
(Highest possible score: 15)
|Above 9 months||15|
|6 - 9 months||10|
|3 - 6 months||5|
|Less than 3 months||0|
|Level of Chinese
(Highest possible score: 10)
|Bachelor's or Higher degree on Chinese study (Major)||10|
|HSK 5 and above||10|
(Highest possible score: 10)
|Old industrial bases in North-eastern regions||10|
|Nationally recognised impoverished areas in central region||10|
(Highest possible score: 15)
|18 - 25 years old||10|
|26 - 45 years old||15|
|46 - 55 years old||10|
|56 - 60 years old||5|
|Above 60 years old||0|
|Globally recognised university or experience in Fortune Global 500 company
(Highest possible score: 5)
|Graduated from world 100 universities in the world||5|
|Work experience in Fortune Global 500 company||5|
|Recommendation from Provincial Foreigner's Management Department
(Highest possible score: 10)
|Shortage of special talent on economic and societal development (According to standards set by Provincial Foreigner's Management Department)||0-10|
Class B (your job must be one open for foreign expat), and then you have to meet the condition of either one below:
Class C (number of employee has limitation) and it’s inlcuing:
To apply the “Foreigner’s work permit” (FWP), you need to apply the “Foreigner’s work license”(FWL) first, It takes about 20 working days all together.
Checklist for applying the FWL:
If you belong to class A, then you will have following benefit:
Magic’s (from VisaInChina.com) comments and suggestion:
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1st Sept 2016, Shanghai government stop issuing official "Letter of Invitation"(LoI), it means right now, if the Shanghai company wants to invite foreigner coming to China for commercial activity (M visa), they only need to write the Letter of Invitation by themselves. And no need to apply it through the government.
17th July 2016, According to the new policy from Shanghai Labor Bureau, for the new working visa application, you are request to provide original 2+ years working reference letter instead of the copy.
1st May 2016, To attract more foreign talent work in Shanghai, now the Shanghai Labor Bureau provide a preferential policy for fresh graduated foreign student, even he/she didn't have 2 years working experience (the minimum requirement for China working visa before), if they reach following conditions, they can still apply the working permit and visa here in shanghai directly (more details, please check it with our visa consultant):
14th April 2016, According to the latest policy, the Labor Bureau requires every company to apply a user card (check the sample here!) if they want to hire foreign employee. It takes extra 5-15 working days. To avoid any delay in the future, we suggest every client apply it as soon as possible. More details about how to apply it, please check it with our visa consultant.
1st Feb 2016, Foreigners come from 51 countries who transit (destined for a third country or region - HK, Macau, Taiwan with booked a through air ticket) in Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang within 144 hours (6 days) are exempted from visas for China. Read More Details >>
20th Jan 2016, Shanghai entry-exit bureau request foreigners who got the new passport transfer their old visa to new passport within 1 month (count from new passport issue date), If you don't do that, you will be requested to show up when you renew your next working visa and you will face a warning or small penalty. (it might also affect your long-term visa application in the future, for example, 5 years working visa or green card application) -- Check our service here >>
11th Jan 2016, For the working permit renewal, According to the new announcement from the labor bureau, it will take 5 working days instead of 3 working days. So, we remind all of our clients, please submit your working visa renewal application (Service code: Z1 Service) at least 6 working days before it expires.
9th Dec 2015, For the employee from HK, Macau or Taiwan, when you apply the working permit here in shanghai, you don't need to provide the health certificate anymore. Before it cost about 700RMB and takes 4 working days to get the health report, but right now, it's really convenient for the people from HK, Macau and Taiwan to work in shanghai.
1st Nov 2015, According to the new rules from the shanghai labour bureau, if you are working in the company as a GM or vice GM, you don't need to provide Company's Articles of Association (AOA) and the assignment contract signed by board of directors.
1st Oct 2015, According to the immigration regulation, If you quit your current company A and join a new company B, after we submit your new Alien Employment permit (with company B), you need to give up your former residence permit of company A and change it to a 1 month 0 entry M visa immediately to avoid the illegal employment, it will cost extra money and time.
1st July 2015, New Shanghai visa rules to be implemented. According to that, it will have a lot of advantage and innovation for the long term residence permit and the permanent residence permit (China green card) . We will keep updating our website focus on those changes if we get more information, feel free to refer to your friend if it helpful. Following are some changes in practice we just get confirmed:
25th June 2015, From 1st July 2015, Taiwanese can enter mainland China with visa free, they just need to carry the valid TaiBaoZheng (in English: Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan residents - MTP). More details of visa free policy for Taiwan residents: Please click here to download the Q&A!
5th March 2015, China has a new rule (no.78 Rule) start from Jan 2015, especially for foreigner who comes into China to finish a short term work (less than 90 days). In that rule, it determines which kind of situation count as a short term working and what situation count as a short term business. Right now we can only see an outline of that rule, more details about how to process the short term working visa, it's still under discussion (VisaInChina will focus it and keep update). According to the rule:
Which situation count as a short term working? (less than 90days)
Which situation does NOT count as a short term working? (less than 90days)
1st Dec 2014, for the company legal representative, before it's 100% sure you can get 2 years employment permit and the residence permit, now most of chance, they only give you 1 year at the beginning. And when you renew your visa at the second year, then the government will approve your 2 years working visa application.
27th Oct 2014, for a foreigner who married with a Chinese, he/she can apply 2 years Q1 residence visa, if he/she start to work and apply the working visa, it's only 1 year. So he/she choose to work under their family Q1 visa instead of applying a working Z visa, please notice that count as illegal employment. It's very risky. As the Chinese immigration law says, if you start working, you must apply employment permit and working residence permit.
25th Oct 2014, the shanghai entry-exit bureau focus on the tourist L visa extension, they might ask you to provide more document to prove you are a real traveler, for example, hotel booking receipt, extended return flight ticket. And right now, more and more tourist visa extension application was been denied if you have lot of visa in your passport before and looks not like a normal traveler. So now, L visa extension success rate is only about 60%, before it's almost 95% success rate.
11th Sept 2014, VisaInChina found some clients try to:
Please don't do that, it might cause the visa application been rejected and the government officer might ask you to apply a brand new passport as a punishment.
20th Aug 2014, If there is a Chinese company (register in Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Anhui, Beijing or Guangdong) invite you to China through shanghai pudong(PVG) or hongqiao(SHA) airport, you can apply the China visa on arrival in the shanghai airport. Before only shanghai company can apply the visa on arrival for their clients, more details, please check our "China visa on arrival" service.
24th July 2014, For the "Private non enterprise units" (it's one type of business in shanghai). Now if they want to to hire foreigner (not including citizen from HongKong, Macau and Taiwan), they must apply the "foreign expert certificate" instead of "Alien Employment permit".
13th July 2014, If you enter China with S2 visa, and want to extend your S2 visa in shanghai because of your relative works in shanghai, the relationship certificate must be notarized by either Chinese Embassy/Consulate in your home country or your country's Consulate in shanghai.
1st July 2014, if you enter China with APEC card or visa free (Japanese, Singaporean etc.). You can not apply the residence permit directly (work or family). You must enter with a paper visa paste on your passport, then you can apply the residence permit in shanghai.
5th Jun 2014, all the legal representative of the company must apply the China employment permit (working permit) first, and then apply the residence permit. Before, the company legal representative can apply the residence permit directly without the working permit.
18th April 2014, if you hold a working residence permit issued from other city, you can also apply the China driver license in shanghai. Before only the residence permit was issued at shanghai, then you can apply the driver license in shanghai.
1st March 2014, VisaInChina moved to new office, new address is: Room 820, No.555 WuDing Rd (near North Shaanxi Rd), Shanghai China [ -MAP- ]. Please make sure you deliver your document to correct address.
10th Feb 2014, Macau/HK 12 month Multi-entry (30-60 days limit of each entry) M visa service (Our “Business M visa” section, F0 service) is available.
10th Jan 2014, the shanghai traffic department increased the capacity of driving license written test (from 80 person per day to 200 person per day). So you don't need to wait a month or more to get an exam. Now you only need to wait maximum 5 working days.
1st Dec 2013, Travelers from the 51 countries may apply for the 72-hour transit visa exemption, which are:
Will be granted a visa-free stay of up to 72 hours while in transit via following:
1st Sept 2013, new Chinese Visa Regulations to be implemented. According to that, it will have a lot of changes for the China visa new application (apply the visa outside of China) / extension (apply the visa in Shanghai) rules. We will keep updating our website focus on those changes if we get more information, feel free to refer to your friend if it helpful. Following are some changes we just get confirmed:
1st July 2013, the new Chinese immigration laws take effect. According to that, it will have a lot of changes for the China visa application/extension rules. We will keep updating our website focus on those changes if we get more information, feel free to refer to your friend if it helpful. Following are some changes (for Chinese visa extension in shanghai) we just get confirmed:
28th Jun 2013, 3-6 month stay M visa services (Our “Business M visa” section, F1/F2/F3/F4 services) in HongKong was suspended. But 12 month Multi-entry (30-60 days limit of each entry) M visa service (Our “Business M visa” section, F0 service) is still available.
2nd May 2013, Shanghai labor bureau tight the employment permit/visa policy, now for a company hire new foreign employee (both new application and transferring from company A to B, in our “working Z visa” section, Z0 and Z2 services), it takes 10-15 working days to know the result (approve or not), before it only takes 5 working days. And according to VisaInChina practical note, the reject rate is higher than before. Sometimes, the officer might ask for a notarized bachelor degree or working experience reference if they doubt the application. VisaInChina suggest the client watch out his/her visa carefully during the alien employment license/permit procedure. if time is not enough, extend your visa first to get more time to wait the labor bureau's result.
1st May 2013, We heard about the M visa policy (Specially for 6-12 month HK route M visa, Our “Business M visa” section, F0/F1/F2/F3/F4 services) might change after 1st July 2013. We don't guarantee F0/F1/F2/F3/F4 services will be still available after 1st July, so if you are interested in it, make sure you do it before 1st July 2013. (earlier is better)
20th March 2013, For US or French citizen. We can help you get 12 month Multi-entry (30-60 days limit stay of each entry) M visa in HK. It takes only 5 working days. Check here for more details >>
1st March 2013, the traffic bureau update their Chinese Driver License questions, we will provide you a DISC with all questions(translated in english by www.VisaInChina.com). During the exam, the traffic police will random pickup 100 questions. if you can get 90+ scores in the exam, then you can pass and get the Local Driver's License.
1st January 2013, No visa is required for foreigners who hold air tickets to the final destination and have booked seats on international airlines flying directly through China, and will stay in a transit city for less than 24 hours and do not leave the airport.
Passport holders of following 45 countries and regions will be granted a visa-free stay of up to 72 hours while in transit via Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) and Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) & Hongqiao International Airport (SHA):
Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.
Restrictions of the 72-hour Visa-free Transit:
1. This regulation does not apply to passengers who travel on a single return flight (e.g., Hong Kong – Shanghai - Hong Kong), which means the destination and place of departure can not be the same.
2. The 72-hour visa-free stay only applies to transit via Capital International Airport. Passengers by train or any other vehicles should still apply for a visa in advance.
3. Visitors are not allowed to leave Shanghai to other cities during the 72-hour visa-free period. They can only depart Shanghai from Capital International Airport.
4. If visitors are unable to depart on time due to unavoidable reasons, such as flight cancellation or treatment of sudden disease, they need to apply for a visa from Municipal Public Security Bureau (PSB). Otherwise, tourists cannot apply for an extension of stay in Shanghai.
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