By this time, most may have heard of the new visa policy affecting foreign employees in China. It also features the infamous points system which places foreign employees into A, B or C categories based on various factors such as Chinese language ability and how long they've lived in China.
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The new system basically merges the Alien Employment Permit and the Foreign Experts Certificate into one work permit for a simpler visa application process.
In a nutshell, Type A employees are those in high-level management, scientists and leading figures in academia, business, entertainment and sports. 85 points are required for A.
Type B workers are degree holders (at least a Bachelors) with two years work experience, which we're assuming are the majority of foreigners in China. There's an additional age limit of 60 for class-B foreigners. 60-85 points are required for B.
Type C are foreign workers in the service industry with seasonal/temporary jobs, like a 6-month teaching placement. Any point total below 60 gives you a C rating.
According to Global Times, China aims to utilize the new policy to encourage the introduction of top talents of Type A employees, while limiting the B and C categories which are less needed. When the system goes nationwide in April 2017, the new permit will be accompanied by a foreigner ID which allows foreigners to purchase items or sign up for things that once required a Chinese national ID, and the option to apply for a five-year permit.
Source: Shanghai Municipal Social Security and Human Resources Bureau (in Chinese).
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