Re­laxed VISA reg­u­la­tions

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

To sup­port Shang­hai’s de­vel­op­ment as a science and tech hub, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment had rolled out a slew of poli­cies aimed at at­tract­ing top tal­ent from around the world.

One such mea­sure was the loos­en­ing of visa poli­cies in July. The move was met with pos­i­tive re­sponse, with the num­ber of ex­pats ob­tain­ing per­ma­nent res­i­dences in the past five months in­creas­ing 12-fold.

Since July 1, the Exit-En­try Ad­min­is­tra­tion Bureau of Shang­hai’s Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Bureau has is­sued 1,708 en­try visas and res­i­dence per­mits for qual­i­fied ex­pats to work and live in Shang­hai, with 715 of them re­ceiv­ing long-term res­i­dence per­mits.

In ad­di­tion, a to­tal of 12 ben­e­fi­cial poli­cies, which in­cludes pro­vid­ing per­ma­nent res­i­dence per­mits to high-level over­seas pass­port hold­ers and sub­si­dies to high-tech pro­fes­sion­als, have been im­ple­mented.

Ac­cord­ing to Chen Hao, the deputy di­rec­tor of Shang­hai Mu­nic­i­pal Or­ga­ni­za­tion Depart­ment, ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tutes will now also play a vi­tal role in re­cruit­ing top tal­ent.

“The new en­try-exit poli­cies is­sued ear­lier in 2015 has suc­cess­fully at­tracted and re­tained more for­eign pro­fes­sion­als to sup­port the trans­for­ma­tion of the city into a sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion cen­ter,” said Bai Shaokang, deputy mayor and di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity for Shang­hai.

An­other six new mea­sures will be re­leased by the Shang­hai Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Bureau in 2016, and they will in­clude a 144-hour visa-free en­try pol­icy that will pro­vide for­eign tourists and busi­ness­men who ar­rive in Shang­hai, Jiangsu prov­ince (Nan­jing Lukou air­port) and Zhe­jiang prov­ince (Hangzhou Xiaoshan air­port) more flex­i­bil­ity and con­ve­nience. For­eign tourists pass­ing through Shang­hai via cruises will also ben­e­fit from a new 15-day visa-free en­try pol­icy.

GAO ERQIANG / CHINA DAILY

The China (Shang­hai) Pi­lot Free Trade Zone was ex­panded in April 2015, en­larg­ing the zone from 28.78 square kilo­me­ters to 120.72 square kilo­me­ters.

GAO ERQIANG / CHINA DAILY

The Shang­hai gov­ern­ment loos­ened visa poli­cies in July, 2015 to at­tract more in­ter­na­tional tal­ents to the city.

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