2010 New regulations for foreigners to get residence permits in China
Since June 1, 2010, nine categories of foreigners can apply for residence permits in China. Before this, only four categories of expatriate included those working in China, hold their office in China, resident journalists in China and international students only could apply for residents permit.
The new regulations allow for a further five categories of expatriates to apply for residence permits in China. Those people include:
Chinese citizens' foreign spouse
Chinese citizens' parents and children under 18 years old;
foreigners older than 60 years-old, who have no living relatives in their countries, but have relatives in China, as well as their foreign spouse;
foreigners above 60 years-old who own houses in China, as well as their spouse and children who are under 18 years old;
foreigners who come to China to look after their Chinese parents who are above 60 years old and with no children in China;
children of overseas Chinese or children of Chinese citizens who have residence permits in other countries.
According to the new regulations, beside the 6-month or one-year L visa, residence permits can also be issued. There are no limitations on entry or exit for those residence permits, and they will be available for up to 2 years.
The Exit-Entry Administration Law promises more convenience for foreigners coming to China to work with the introduction of a "talent introduction visa." The visa joins those already available for travel, work, study, visiting relatives and business.
Overseas candidates with management experience at leading multinationals and top specialists in education and science are eligible to apply for a talent visa in China, according to a draft legislation,
According to China Daily five major kinds of professionals may be categorized under the talent pool:
- senior management professionals at globally renowned enterprises, financial institutions, accounting firms and architecture offices, with profound knowledge in the field and its international rules;
- senior specialists at globally renowned enterprises, financial institutions and accounting firms and architecture offices, with independent intellectual property rights and the core technology;
- senior science and education professionals at globally renowned universities and institutions, with ranks equal to professor who have made great contributions to the development of a particular field;
- renowned cultural, arts and sports figures being globally received, or winners of major international awards in their field;
- other high-end international talent that China urgently needs.
However, the draft is still in its early stage and is subject to change after gauging feedback from government departments and experts.