China Hopes To Attract Skilled Expats

By Editorial 02 April, 2014

China is planning to make it easier for talented foreigners who contribute to the country's economic and social development to achieve permanent residency, according to a senior Chinese official.

Zhang Jianguo, who heads the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA), recently told China Daily that a task force is working on coordinating departments in order to simplify immigration procedures. He added that the administration is also planning new rules for the "R" Visa, which was introduced last year to attract foreigners with urgently needed skills.

Chinese "green cards" have been available since 2004 for investors, technical specialists, and the spouses of Chinese nationals. However, so far only 6,000 have been granted, and according to Zhang only a minority of these have gone to highly-skilled experts.

Zhang explained that research has been commissioned on fostering expat arrivals to China since 2010, and highlighted a particular need for experts who can tackle issues concerning environmental pollution.

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