CHINA - New foreign employment management system to be implemented
  • Red DoorForeign nationals who previously would have applied for either a Foreign Work Permit or an Expert Permit will soon apply for the new Employment Permit. Applicants should expect the possibility of delays and changes in documentation requirements as the program is rolled out.

    • Implementation time frame: The program will launch Nov. 1 in nine pilot cities or provinces: Anhui, Beijing, Guangdong, Hebei, Ningxia, Shandong, Shanghai, Sichuan and Tianjin. Foreign nationals will have a one-month grace period when they will be able to apply for the current work permits before the new Employment Permits will be available Nov. 1. The program will be expanded nationwide in April 2017.
    • Visas/permits affected: All foreign employment permits.
    • Who is affected: Employers and foreign nationals seeking work authorization.
    • Business Impact: Businesses should be prepared for delays and increased documentation requests in the application process.

    Background: Until now, separate government agencies have overseen the issuance of Foreign Work Permits and Expert Permits. The new system will centralize the management of foreign employment in China and allow for improved data sharing among authorities. The system will introduce new employment permit types – A, B and C– based on a scoring system that will consider, among other criteria, an applicant's income, work experience, educational background, Chinese language skills, age and duration of stay. According to preliminary information, A type employment permits will be reserved for those with scores of 85 and over, B type permits for those with scores of 60-85, and C type permit for those with scores below 60. The government may alter application requirements among the different types of employment permits in order to encourage A type applicants, control the number of B type applicants and limit C type applicants.


    BAL Analysis: The new system is designed to streamline the employment permit process in China, but may cause delays in the near term and could lead to different procedures or documentation requirements. Authorities are expected to issue more detailed regulations soon. In addition, more documents will be required for the application, for example a legalized non-criminal report and a legalized degree will now be required in Shanghai. BAL will continue to follow the rollout of the new program and will provide updates to clients as needed.


    This post has been provided by Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) Corporate Immigration. For more information please contact:

    Relocation Today -  Meghan Murphy  or BAL  -  Jennifer Fisher 

    About Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
    Founded in 1980, Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) provides comprehensive global immigration services from sixteen offices across the U.S. and Globe. BAL manages global visa matters and customized application approaches for work permits, business visas, and residence permits in more than 100 countries. With a single cost center for worldwide operations, BAL offers centralized management with regional and local support for the complete spectrum of global immigration matters.

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CHINA - New foreign employment management system to be implemented
  • Red DoorForeign nationals who previously would have applied for either a Foreign Work Permit or an Expert Permit will soon apply for the new Employment Permit. Applicants should expect the possibility of delays and changes in documentation requirements as the program is rolled out.

    • Implementation time frame: The program will launch Nov. 1 in nine pilot cities or provinces: Anhui, Beijing, Guangdong, Hebei, Ningxia, Shandong, Shanghai, Sichuan and Tianjin. Foreign nationals will have a one-month grace period when they will be able to apply for the current work permits before the new Employment Permits will be available Nov. 1. The program will be expanded nationwide in April 2017.
    • Visas/permits affected: All foreign employment permits.
    • Who is affected: Employers and foreign nationals seeking work authorization.
    • Business Impact: Businesses should be prepared for delays and increased documentation requests in the application process.

    Background: Until now, separate government agencies have overseen the issuance of Foreign Work Permits and Expert Permits. The new system will centralize the management of foreign employment in China and allow for improved data sharing among authorities. The system will introduce new employment permit types – A, B and C– based on a scoring system that will consider, among other criteria, an applicant's income, work experience, educational background, Chinese language skills, age and duration of stay. According to preliminary information, A type employment permits will be reserved for those with scores of 85 and over, B type permits for those with scores of 60-85, and C type permit for those with scores below 60. The government may alter application requirements among the different types of employment permits in order to encourage A type applicants, control the number of B type applicants and limit C type applicants.


    BAL Analysis: The new system is designed to streamline the employment permit process in China, but may cause delays in the near term and could lead to different procedures or documentation requirements. Authorities are expected to issue more detailed regulations soon. In addition, more documents will be required for the application, for example a legalized non-criminal report and a legalized degree will now be required in Shanghai. BAL will continue to follow the rollout of the new program and will provide updates to clients as needed.


    This post has been provided by Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) Corporate Immigration. For more information please contact:

    Relocation Today -  Meghan Murphy  or BAL  -  Jennifer Fisher 

    About Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
    Founded in 1980, Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) provides comprehensive global immigration services from sixteen offices across the U.S. and Globe. BAL manages global visa matters and customized application approaches for work permits, business visas, and residence permits in more than 100 countries. With a single cost center for worldwide operations, BAL offers centralized management with regional and local support for the complete spectrum of global immigration matters.

    Source: Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
    Copyright © 2016 Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. All rights reserved. Reprinting or digital redistribution to the public is permitted only with the express written permission of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. For inquiries please contact copyright@balglobal.com