Shanghai steps up calls for talented expats

Published:  12 Dec at 6 PM
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Last week, the Shanghai government unveiled fresh efforts to attract more young graduates and highly-qualified professionals from overseas.

The Chinese city is planning to become a global hub for technological innovation by the year 2030, and is now stepping up its efforts to attract the brightest and best in the field. The new rules will apply both to non-Chinese and Chinese tech-savvy expats.

Shanghai’s Ministry of Public Security’s new 10-point immigration policy is expected to make access to permanent residency for top-level expat professionals far easier than previously. Time taken to complete the process is expected to decrease considerably and paperwork requirements will be far easier.

The new rules will apply to foreigners already working in the city’s several innovation and free trade zones, allowing them to apply directly for residency without having to provide certificates from multiple departments. Expat families will also be included.

In addition, foreign tech experts holding masters’ degrees or higher qualifications and heading for positions within the city’s free trade zone, higher education institutions or research institutes can now apply for an R visa on entry. The only requirement will be an employment certificate. The chancellor of Shanghai’s New York University has welcomed the new policy, saying the facility’s international graduates are more than happy to study in China. A job within the free trade zones, she adds, should give full play to their expanding talents and energy for innovation.

One US student, majoring in data analytics and media, believes gaining an understanding of marketing Chinese style opens up a new world for graduates. He’s hoping to be able to spend some time working on new media programmes in a Shanghai marketing company after graduation.

It’s hoped the new rules will also encourage overseas-born Chinese to come to Shanghai to work, live and study. Those with PhD qualifications or relevant work experience will also be able to take advantage of the newly-available residency permits. Chinese expats with businesses in the city are also welcoming the changes, comparing the eased regulations with the difficulties of starting businesses in China 30 years ago.
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