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China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By YU RAN in Shang­hai

yu­ran@chi­nadaily.com.cn

In­ter­na­tional stu­dents can now ap­ply for a two-year per­sonal af­fair per­mit to find jobs or start up busi­nesses in the China (Shang­hai) Pi­lot Free Trade Zone and Zhangjiang Na­tional In­no­va­tion Demon­stra­tion Zone fol­low­ing their grad­u­a­tion.

This new policy is one of the high­lights of the 30 mea­sures re­cently in­tro­duced by the govern­ment to at­tract more tal­ent to help ac­cel­er­ate Shang­hai’s trans­for­ma­tion into a sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion hub.

For­eign-in­vested com­pa­nies, re­gional head­quar­ters and re­search and de­sign cen­ters of global com­pa­nies reg­is­tered in these two zones can also re­cruit new grad­u­ates from world-class uni­ver­si­ties.

“The local em­ploy­ers will have more choices and fewer bound­aries when it comes to se­lect­ing suit­able tal­ents, es­pe­cially in­ter­na­tional or over­seas stu­dents who could add value and cre­ativ­ity,” said Jan Anne Schelling, vice pres­i­dent of hu­man re­sources at Dutch ma­te­rial science com­pany DSM China.

In July 2015, 20 mea­sures, in­clud­ing 12 by the Exit-En­try Ad­min­is­tra­tion Bureau of Shang­hai Pub­lic Security Bureau, were un­veiled to pro­vide more con­ve­nience to high-level tal­ents. Some of the mea­sures in­clude re­lax­ing the re­quire­ments for per­ma­nent res­i­dence per­mits and ex­tend­ing the du­ra­tion of the over­seas tal­ent res­i­dence per­mit to 10 years.

“From the pre­vi­ous 20 points to the cur­rent 30, all these mea­sures have the core ob­jec­tive of form­ing a con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment for tal­ents to grow and ex­plore their abil­i­ties so that this city can be­come a clus­ter of global in­no­va­tive tal­ents by from dif­fer­ent govern­ment en­ti­ties — will be­gin in Oc­to­ber.

Tal­ents who al­ready live and work in the city stand to en­joy even more ben­e­fits thanks to the en­hanced mea­sures.

For ex­am­ple, per­ma­nent res­i­dence per­mit hold­ers can now di­rectly ob­tain the over­seas tal­ent res­i­dence per­mit which al­lows them to avoid pay­ing prop­erty tax if the prop­erty they pur­chased is their sole res­i­dence in the city.

“I will be el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for a per­ma­nent res­i­dence af­ter work­ing in the com­pany for three years with the rec­om­men­da­tion from the em­ployer, and I will try to live and work as a local res­i­dent to set­tle my own prop­erty and fam­ily here,” said 27-year-old Al­bert Sa­pu­tra.

The In­done­sian, who works at the Shang­hai of­fice of Nex­ans, a French ca­ble man­u­fac­turer lo­cated in the FTZ, was the first for­eign stu­dent to re­ceive a three-year work per­mit last Au­gust fol­low­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new poli­cies.

Ac­cord­ing to the au­thor­i­ties, the loos­ened visa poli­cies have man­aged to help the city achieve its goal of at­tract­ing more tal­ent. The re­laxed re­quire­ments for per­ma­nent res­i­dency at­tracted 503 high­level ex­pats and their rel­a­tives to file their ap­pli­ca­tions by the first half of this year, eight times more than when the 20-point mea­sure was in­tro­duced.

In ad­di­tion, a to­tal of 96 high­level for­eign tal­ents man­aged to ob­tain their five-year work per­mits while 39 univer­sity grad­u­ates re­ceived work per­mits to start up their busi­nesses in the city.

“We will con­tinue to en­hance the poli­cies in or­der to gather more high-level tal­ents from all over the world as well as im­prove the ben­e­fits for ex­ist­ing per­ma­nent res­i­dence hold­ers,” said Chen.

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