Drawing ethnic Chinese and other talent

Foreign talent and family can enjoy "express service" in applying for China's green card, with a recommendation from Zhongguancun's administrative committee.

A special office will be set up in Zhongguancun to handle green card applications and inquiries.

Processing time for applications will be shortened from 180 days to within 50 days.

Ethnic Chinese who set up companies in Zhongguancun can apply for work permits with a validity of five years.

Ethnic Chinese who hold a doctorate or have worked for four years in Zhongguancun can apply for a green card, provided they accumulate more than six months of residence in China within a calendar year.

A points-based system will be set up in Zhongguancun for foreign talent, with those who meet the requirements eligible for a green card.

Foreign students will be allowed to take up short-term internships and to run their own start-ups in Zhongguancun.

Beyond Zhongguancun, Beijing will allow foreigners who meet salary and tax requirements to apply for a green card, adopting a similar scheme from Shanghai that stipulates 600,000 yuan (S$131,000) in annual income and 120,000 yuan in taxes for each of the past four consecutive years.

Foreigners who have successfully obtained two work permits with a validity of two to five years are eligible to get a five-year permit subsequently.

Foreigners from a select group of nationalities will be allowed to stay in Beijing for no more than 144 hours without requiring an entry visa.

Foreign talent who have a green card or long-term work permit will be allowed to employ foreigners as domestic helpers. Currently, they cannot do so.

This article was first published on January 13, 2016.
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