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By Haruna Kobayashi, for ExpatBriefing.com
20 April, 2017
The Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone can now recommend foreigner experts and their families for Chinese permanent residence "green card" permits.
The new measure is intended to boost the Zone and the Zhangjiang National Innovation Demonstration Zone's development, and follows changes authorized by China's Ministry of Public Security.
Universities, research institutes, and enterprises in the Zone are able to submit permit applications on behalf of internationally recognized foreign employees, including Nobel laureates, winners of prestigious Chinese awards like the Friendship Awards, and members of China's "Thousand Talents Program," the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and foreign equivalents.
Expatriates with skills in urgent need in the Zone, those who work for Project 863, Project 973, or for key laboratories and technology centers in Shanghai are also eligible to apply for a Chinese green card.
The Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone was created in 2013 and offers companies a number of tax preferences. It comprises a bonded area, high-tech park, financial area, and an export processing zone.
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