China lowers visa threshold to attract foreign talent
Scientists, entrepreneurs, specialists and highly-skilled personnel who meet the criteria or fulfill market demand can apply for the Foreign Talents visa
The State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have co-released a document regarding the implementation of the Foreign Talents Visa System, which aims to further expand the scope of visa issuance, Xinhua news agency reported.
All scientists, international entrepreneurs, specialists and highly-skilled personnel who meet the criteria of “high-class and short-cutting” or fulfill the demand of the market can apply for the Foreign Talents visa as long as they conform with the Classification Criteria of Foreigners Working in China.
Eligible qualified foreign personnel will be issued valid visas for five or 10 years, with multiple entries and a stay of 180 days for each entry. Their spouse and children will also be granted the same validity with multiple entries.
Reviews for this kind of visa application have been shortened to five days, and foreigners can apply online, without any fee.