Good news for graduates seeking a job here, China has just announced a new policy which makes it easier for expats to get a job permit in the country.
Previously, expats had to have at least two years work experience to qualify for a Z visa but starting this year, this rule will be visibly relaxed. Foreigners who have graduated with a master's degree from a Chinese university or a "well-known" international institution will be eligible to apply, provided you are applying within a year of your graduation.
The Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security issued a joint statement on January 12, outlining a list of criterias expats wishing to apply for a work visa in China must meet:
-Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and in good health
-No prior criminal record
-Grades averaging above 80%, or a B+/B under the letter-grade system
-Degrees relevant to the job they are applying for
-Proof of a confirmed job offer relevant to your degree. Your salary must be equal to or higher than the local average
-Valid passport / identification document
The new policy borrows from a report published by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (translated by WeChat account AnyHelper), which regretted that due to the previously tight visa rules “international students can not work or start certain business in China” and suggested that this “in some ways blocks the international talented people who owns potential of creativity and innovation.”
Based on this new rule, inexperienced graduates with excellent grade scores can apply for work permits directly in their home countries and after arriving to China, continue by applying for an employment license, which in due procedure is followed by a work visa.
Those applying for the work visa will need the following documents:
-Letter of offer, with your salary clearly stated
-Reason of employment report from your employer, including proof that the position has been advertised in China for at least 30 days
-All relevant certificates and school transcripts
-Proof of good behavior from school / university (those graduating from an institution outside of China is exempted from this)
-Photos taken within the last six months
These employment licenses for foreign graduates are valid for one year upon first arrival. Subsequent licenses can be obtained while staying in China, and valid for up to five years at a time.
The original notice can be found on the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security website (in Chinese).
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