Guangdong is among the first batch of pilot regions to implement new work permit system for foreign employees, according to authorities.
The new system is to simplify the procedure for applying working visa, which is going to integrate the two types of visa to one. Currently, China runs a double-track system for foreign employees. Foreigners can come and work in China with two different types of permits. The first type, also known as the Alien Employment Permit or the Z-visa is usually issued for general employment. While the Foreign Expert Permit or R-visa is issued to “high-level” talent whose skills are in urgent need in the labor market. These two different permits are also given out by different government entities.
From Nov. 1st, the double-track system will be replaced with a unified scheme in nine regions shown here, including: Beijing, Tianjing, Heibei, Shanghai, Anhui, Shandong, Guangdong, Sichuan and Ningxia. The scheme will classify workers into three categories according to a point system: 'A (>85 points)' for top-tiered talent, 'B (60-85 points)' for professional talent and 'C (<60 points)' for unskilled workers or those working in the service industry. Although many of the specific requirements are yet to be defined, a recent image spread on the Internet might serve as a first indicator for what to expect.
How to get points
The specific criteria will be decided by local governments. Although the Guangdong government still has not given a final version of rating standard, at least six aspects will be important:
Chinese language proficiency
University Degree from top international or Chinese university
Location in China (Tier 3 cities will get higher points than a Tier 1 Megapolis)
How Guangdong works
Guangdong started to trial the new visa system in five cities in the first half 2016, which are Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Shantou and Jiangmen. There isn’t an official rating rule across the province. According to the official website of Guangzhou and Dongguan, since Nov.1st, they will apply for the new working permit system and cease using the previous system. During the trial period which lasts from November, 2016 to April, 2017, the existing Alien Employment Permit and Foreign Expert Permit are available.
Guangzhou government reminds that employers could prepare the following materials for foreign workers.
Graduation certificate or degree certificate, occupational qualification certificates
Certificate of No Criminal Conviction (CNCC) issued by the state of nationality or state of resident of the applicant.
In order to attract more foreign talented people to work in Guangdong, Guangdong will implement 16 measures for easier visa and permanent residence application from August 1, which benefits international students, talented foreigners and Overseas Chinese, according to Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department.