New immigration measures: The National Immigration Administration of the Ministry of Public Security

Date:2019-08-02      Source:Beijing Foreign Affairs Office

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The Ministry of Public Security announced at a recent press conference that 12 measures of immigration policies will be introduced nationwide on 1st August 2019, to further encourage high-skilled foreign nationals to engage in innovative and entrepreneurial activities in China. They are the first group of a series of policies in this area to be introduced by China and have drawn wide interest.

Twelve Measures of Immigration Policies Issued by

The National Immigration Administration of the Ministry of Public Security

(Effective Nationwide on 1 August 2019)

1. Foreign nationals with advanced professional skills or outstanding achievements, or having exceptional ability needed for China's national development may apply to the immigration department of China's public security authorities for permanent residency in China upon recommendation by the competent national authorities, provincial people's governments or the administrative departments of key development regions approved by the central government. Their foreign spouses and underage children may file applications together with them.

2. Foreign nationals who have worked in China for four consecutive years and stayed in China for no less than six months in each of the four years, with an annual salary income of at least six times the average salary of the previous year earned by urban employees in the same area and annual personal income tax payment of no less than 20% of their standard annual salary income, may apply to the immigration department of China's public security authorities for permanent residency in China. Their foreign spouses and underage children may file applications together with them.

3. Chinese with foreign nationalities who work in China, have doctoral degrees or have worked continuously for four years in key development regions of China approved by the central government and have stayed in China for at least six months in each of the four years, may apply to the immigration department of China's public security authorities for permanent residency in China. Their foreign spouses and underage children may file applications together with them.

4. Foreign experts and scholars invited by well-established institutions of higher learning, scientific research institutes or well-known companies in China, and high-skilled foreign management and technology professionals recognized by the human resource or the technology innovation departments of the people’s governments at or above the municipal (with districts underneath) level may apply to the visa department of China’s public security authorities at the port of entry for an entry visa. After entering China, they may apply to the immigration department of China's public security authorities for a multiple-entry visa or a residence permit valid for up to five years with documents including certificate letters issued by the organizations that sent the invitation.

5. Foreign professionals and members of innovative and entrepreneurial teams working for key sectors or industries in China may, with documents including their work permits and letters issued by the employers, apply to the immigration department of China's public security authorities for a residence permit valid for up to five years. Foreign members of the innovative and entrepreneurial team may also apply for a residence permit valid for up to five years with guarantee letters issued by the head of the team.

6. Foreign nationals who have made outstanding achievements or having exceptional ability needed for China's national development may recommend to the immigration department of China's public security authorities a long-term visa or residence permit valid for up to five years for foreign members of their team and their research assistants.

7. Foreign nationals employed by companies or public institutions in China who have received their work permits but have no time to get their work visa outside China may, with their work permit, apply to the immigration department of China's public security authorities for an employment-based residence permit. Those who have received two consecutive employment-based residence permits, each valid for more than one year, and have no record of violating laws and regulations in China, may at the third application, apply to the immigration department of China's public security authorities for an employment-based residence permit valid for five years.

8. Foreign nationals with advanced professional skills working in well-established institutions of higher learning, scientific research institutes or well-known companies in China may engage in innovative and entrepreneurial activities on a part-time basis upon the consent of both their full-time and part-time employers and after reporting to the entry-exit administration authorities of China's public security authorities for record-keeping.

9. Outstanding foreign students who have received bachelor’s degrees or above from well-established Chinese institutions of higher learning and engaged in innovative and entrepreneurial activities in China after graduation may, with their university diplomas and supporting documents proving their engagement in innovative and entrepreneurial activities, apply to the immigration department of China's public security authorities for a residence permit valid for two to five years.

10. Foreign students who have graduated from internationally renowned universities and come to China for innovative and entrepreneurial activities within two years after graduation may, with documents including their academic certificates (diplomas), apply to the immigration department of China's public security authorities for a residence permit valid for up to two years.

11. Foreign students of overseas universities who come to China for internship at the invitation of well-known companies or public institutions in China may apply to the immigration department of China's public security authorities for a visa valid for one year with documents including letters issued by the organizations that sent the invitation and confirmation letters from their universities. Foreign students of overseas universities who come to China for internship under intergovernmental agreements may apply for an employment-based residence permit according to existing regulations.

12. In areas of large communities of expatriates, efforts will be made towards setting up immigration service centers (sites) to offer foreign nationals policy consultancy, travel information, legal aid and language and culture services for their convenience during their stay in China.

(Note: The English translation is provided by Professor Zhang Ying, Executive Director of China Academy for Public Policy Translation (CAPPT) and Dean of School of Translation and Interpreting, Beijing International Studies University. CAPPT aims to provide, on a timely basis, the foreign community with accurate and quality translations of the latest public policies adopted by the Chinese government, with focus on key regulations issued by the Beijing Municipal government, and interpretations of these policy documents to promote better understanding of China’s public policy environment)