On 3 August 2018, the State Council issued its Decision to Abolish a Batch of Administrative Licences (the "Decision"). The application and issuance of work permits which enable Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao residents (the "THM Residents") to legally work in Mainland PRC is due to be abolished, meaning the THW work permit will be withdrawn from use. This measure is seen as the central government extending a warm welcome to THM Residents who plan to work and live in Mainland PRC.

Following the issuance of the Decision, work permits are no longer needed by THM Residents, however, a Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents (台胞证) or a Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents (回乡证) will still be required for THM Residents to legally enter into and stay in Mainland PRC.

The Decision also instructs the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security to endorse regulations governing the details of the matters to be abolished and the employment rights of THM Residents in Mainland PRC, however, detailed implementation regulations are yet to be published. It is expected that such regulations may come out in the following weeks. We will pay close attention to this matter and report promptly on any updates.