China green cards for 12 more top talent expat professionals

Published:  4 Jul at 6 PM
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Another twelve expats living and working in Shanghai have been given permanent residency green cards.

The twelve expatriates awarded permanent residence in China brings the total numbers of green cards given out to outstanding foreign professionals to 85. The scheme began in December 2016 and applies to high-level expat professionals who’ve been nominated by the city’s administrative commission. All 12 are working in the field of semiconductors and comprise seven US citizens along with Australian, Malaysian, German and Canadian experts in the sector.

American structural biologist, chemist and founder of Shanghai University’s iHuman Institute Raymond Stevens is one of the twelve. After arriving in Shanghai in 2011 and planning to stay for just nine months, he fell in love with the city and the energy of its students, and now believes it’s the best location in the world for science due to its top notch equipment and unending resources. Apart from the 12 new permanent residents, some 45,000 top Chinese professionals with overseas work experience along with foreign experts and expat students are now working in the mega-city’s 22 industrial parks which form part of the Zhangjiang National Innovation Demonstration Zone.

Shanghai began easing the rules for granting permanent residence to foreign experts in 2015, a move intended to attract a greater number of top-talent foreign professionals to the city. Once a foreigner has been nominated for a green card, the process usually takes around 90 days to be submitted to the entry-exit department, verified and granted, although in some cases it may take as long as six months. Foreigners with green cards are able to enjoy a majority of the rights of Chinese citizens.
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