With the recent changes on the requirement for foreign talents to apply for the work visa, we receive many enquiries on whether a foreign talent can apply for the visa for a longer time. We found Shanghai government recent issued a detailed interpretation on the foreign high-rank talents as below.
Q: Who will be regarded as wining the famous prize?
A: the winners for the international award as “Nobel prize”, “A.M. Turing Award”, “Fields Medal” or the national award as Chinese governmental “friendship prize”, “international technology cooperation awards”.
Q: What will be regarded as applicable for the high-rank talent project?
A: the candidate for the central government “1000 plan”, “1000 foreign expert plan”; the winner for The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars; the candidate for “Changjiang Scholars Program” from the education department, “100 plan” from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and ”plan for introducing the outstanding technicians”; or Shanghai “honorable citizen”, “Magnolia Award”, Shanghai Science and Technology Prize.
Q: Who will be regarded as the famous expert, scholar, outstanding talent or professional talent?
A: (a) foreign academician from the Chinese Academy of Sciences or Chinese Academy of engineering, or academicians from Foreign National Academy of Sciences or engineering;
(b) who enjoys high prestige in the international academic community or a pioneer, founder in a field of science and technology or a well-known experts with the significant contribution to the development on a field of science and technology development;
(c) an expert, scholar, technician having the leadership on the international great scientific research or engineering projects, and with wide experience on scientific research, engineering and technology;
(d) a leader or talent who having an important position of a foreign government, a well-known international organization or non-governmental organizations;
(e) who serves as deputy senior and above titles (positions), or as the main leadership positions in the companies related to the education, scientific research, press and publication, sports, health, or expert and scholar who enjoy the equal treatment.
Q: What is Famous expert, scholar, outstanding talents or professional talents?
A: (a) the middle and senior management, technical personnel and chief scientific researcher in the state-owned enterprises, high-tech enterprises ((identified by the Science and Technology Departments);
(b) the middle and senior management, technical personnel and chief scientific researcher in Shanghai regional headquarters, R&D center, investment companies;
(c) the middle and senior management, technical personnel and chief scientific researcher in the encouraged foreign invested enterprises, advanced technology foreign invested enterprises or foreign invested export enterprises;
(d) the middle and senior management, technical personnel and chief scientific researcher in the company with more than USD3 millions as the registered capital;
(e) the middle or senior management, technical personnel and chief scientific researchers in the qualified Enterprise Engineering Research Center (identified by the Development and Reform Department), engineering laboratories ((identified by the Development and Reform Department), engineering and Technology Research Center (identified by the Scientific and Technology Department), enterprise technology center (identified by the Economic and Information Department) and Shanghai technology innovation service platform (identified by the Science and Technology Department) at the state or local level;
(f) having special expertise and outstanding skills, senior technician, engineer and other highly skilled personnel in urgent need in Shanghai;
(g) with a major technical invention, patent and other independent intellectual property or know-how, who also set up company in Shanghai (with no less than the registered capital as UDS 200,000, and as the largest shareholder who taking no less than 30% equity in the company).
Dongjin Comments: Although the new policies have been taken out, it is restricted into the hi-tech industry and with high requirement. It will also take long time to get everything prepared for the application. As a result, if the foreign investor just want to get a work visa in Shanghai, the easiest way is to set up a small consulting WOFE with RMB100, 000 as the registered capital. The client can thus easily apply for a work visa and with a long term.
If you want to know more details, please contact our senior consultant.
Ms. Jojo Hu
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