The pilot licensing system for foreign employees in China will be launched in Shanghai and the formal system will be implemented nationwide next year.

The pilot licensing for foreign employees in China will be conducted in Shanghai from Octobere 2016 to March 2017 and the formal system will expand nationwide on April 1, 2017.

Foreign employees in China will be classified into three categories, i.e. foreign high-level talents (Category A), foreign professional talents (Category B), foreign ordinary employees (Category C) for administration under the licensing system. 

Category A talents will enjoy the “green passageway” without the restriction of age and working experience and need no written materials for inspection before entering the country. Furthermore, the certificate of no criminal record may be made in the form of a commitment. Where a foreign high-level talent applies for the Notice of Permit for Foreigners Working in China overseas, the process may speed up and the time of examination may be cut by half. A foreign high-level talent selected into a domestic talent plan may make a commitment of working experience, expertise or certificate of academic degree as required in application. 

Foreign employees falling within Category B refer to professional talents as required by the catalogue for guidance of foreign employees in China, the need of position and the development of China’s economy and society. The applicant shall be a holder of a bachelor’s degree or above and relevant working experience of two years or more, or a holder of a master’s degree or above at domestic colleges and universities or foreign colleges and universities of top 100. A foreign language teacher shall teach the native language of its home country in principle and hold a bachelor’s degree or above at a university in home country and language teaching experience of two years or more. Professional talents with 60 points or above may also apply. 

Foreign ordinary employees (Category C) subject to quota administration and engaging in temporary, seasonal, nontechnical and nonservice jobs as specified by the state policies for meeting the requirements of domestic labour market, include foreigners employed under the permission (authorization) of competent administrative departments of State Council or treaties between Chinese and foreign governments, foreign teenagers taking internship in China according to agreements between governments, foreigners engaging in housekeeping following foreign high-level talents to China, foreigners working in special industries such as pelagic fishery and seasonal labours at the border. 

In addition, the original Certificate of Foreign Expert and the Employment Certificate for foreigners are unified in the Permit for Foreigners Working in China with one person one code for life.