New China Work Permit That Judges You by Your "Talent"
China's two current foreigner work permits (border entrance work permit and foreign experts work permit for overseas employees in China), will soon be streamlined into one system under reforms initiated by the State Council and implemented by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs.
This will allow applicants to download online forms for completion and submission, triggering a lifetime individual code for the storage of personal information, such as, working experiences, services and credits. All the applications are expected to be finished through one service window within five working days, half the time of the previous application and cutting out approximately 70 of the old procedures.
"The integration of the two different work permits is designed to remove impediments, such as inconsistent administration, policies and inefficient communication related to different and often complicated issues related to the jobs, identities and social status of foreigners," said Zhang Jianguo, head of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs.
"It will help reduce repetitious checks and approvals, avoid administrative loopholes and improve efficiency by building a more active, open and efficient personnel introduction system as was required in the Government Work Report delivered by Premier Li Keqiang, this year," Zhang added.
Trial runs will begin in the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, and Tianjin, as well as the provinces of Anhui, Guangdong, Hebei, Ningxi, Shandong and Sichuan from October 2016 until March 2017.
After the work permit is issued, an expatriate will obtain a work permit card with an identification number. The card will include the worker's name and photo, the period for which the permit is valid and the employer's name.
"The new work permit card will be the legal credential for foreigners to work in China," said Gao Xiang, director of the administration's department of policies and regulations.
He said the number on the permit will be used to "record, manage and serve each foreigner who works in China".
The card will be issued beginning in April, after the trial is over. During the trial period, foreigners will be issued a temporary paper card, the administration said.
According to the Ministry of Public Security, nearly 600,000 foreigners had lived in China for more than six months by 2011, with about 220,000 expats working in China, mostly in joint ventures or as teachers or representatives of foreign institutions.
In order to ensure that the government is still able to control the influx of expats in China, the new work permits will have 3 categories: A, B, and C. Your category depends on your 'grade' earned by accumulating points.
The points will be tallied according to the expat's salary, educational background, the time they've worked in China, Chinese language proficiency, age, and location (those in more undeveloped regions will get more points). If you are able to acquire 85 points then you will be level A (top-level), more than 60 points will get you a level B (professional level) permit, and less than 60 will land you with a level C (unskilled or service industry) visa. As of now, there is no information available to the public that will allow you to estimate your points ahead of time.
Those who are able to attain the A-level requirements will be 'green lighted,' which we assume means automatically accepted. Those in B and C categories, however, will be limited by the government. According to Gao Xiang, the director of the Department of Policies and Regulations under the SAFEA the new rules come into full effect on April 1, 2017 after the trial run in the aforementioned cities and provinces. He also said that those who still possess a valid working permit can keep it as long as it is valid, or replace it if they choose to do so.