By: Tamara Molino | CRP, GMS

June 26, 2018

Shanghai has streamlined the procedures for highly skilled foreign experts to get their residence permits, easing foreign expert residency. This is the city’s latest measure to attract and retain top international talent. The initiative in Shanghai is the first and only measure of its type in China. It simplifies the application process, and establishes a globally competitive talent system.

What are the key features of the initiative?

National and local authorities who manage human resources or the affairs of foreign experts will identify the highly skilled foreign professionals who may benefit from the initiative. Those eligible can visit an online portal to submit their documents. Permits will be available after three working days from the Exit-Entry Administration Bureau of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau.

The new procedure is a large improvement from the previous process. Previously, applicants had to visit exit-entry offices in person. They also had to participate in interviews and provide supplementary materials. The average application took seven working days for completion.

Who is eligible under the initiative?

Highly skilled professionals employed by over 8,000 companies which are viewed as key leaders in Shanghai’s quest to become a global technological innovation hub by 2030. The enterprises include high-tech and new technology companies, financial companies, strategic emerging fields, regional headquarters of multinational companies, and research and development centers that include foreign investment.

What should employers expect with this initiative?

Employers who have plans to hire highly-skilled foreign professionals for positions in Shanghai should expect an easier entry process.

What should employers do?

Employers should review their hiring plans for foreign professionals in Shanghai to determine eligibility under the new initiative. They should also use the features of the new initiative within their relocation program and talent recruitment materials to attract and retain highly-skilled professionals.


Global Mobility Solutions’ team of global relocation experts have helped thousands of our clients with country-specific employment and work pass requirements. We can help your company understand how to gain the most benefit from the streamlined foreign expert residency requirements in Shanghai. Contact our experts online or give us a call at 800.617.1904 or 480.922.0700 today.

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Vice President, Global Services Tammy is responsible for GMS’ regional operations teams in North and Latin America, EMEA, and APAC. Tammy provides over 14 years of leadership experience in the areas of international assignment management, global network management, global consulting and business development. Her experience in global mobility includes new client implementations, policy and compliance development, global compensation and billing, vendor management, case management, and real estate home sale/purchase programs. Tammy travels extensively and studied abroad in Switzerland, Chile, Peru, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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