China to Offer New Work Visas to Foreigners of Chinese Descent

OCA News Editor Isabel Adler reports that China will begin issuing a five year, multiple entry work visa to “ethnic Chinese living outside of China.” These changes will apply to anyone born in China that has obtained foreign citizenship and children of present or former Chinese citizens.

Upon graduation from NYU Shanghai, all students receive a degree from the Chinese Ministry of Education in addition to the NYU degree. While this should make the process for obtaining a Chinese work visa for internationals easier, it still poses a challenge to many.

However, the situation will be changing for some. Specifically, those of Chinese origin.

Previously, individuals of Chinese origin were only issued one year work visas. According to an article written by Danson Cheong of The Straits Times, China will begin issuing a five year, multiple entry work visa to “ethnic Chinese living outside of China.” These changes will apply to anyone born in China that has obtained foreign citizenship and children of present or former Chinese citizens. To gain this visa, you need to have one ancestor, for example a parent or grandparent, who was a Chinese citizen.

The changes will also also extend the validity of residence permits from three to five years.

The government intends for this to change to encourage the ethnically Chinese to return home more frequently and come and go easily for business. Qu Yunhai, Director of the Ministry of Public Safety’s Exit and Entry Administration Bureau noted these changes are to help the Chinese, abroad and domestically, take a more active role in China’s economic boom.

Many business professionals and professors conjecture that the changes are also meant to help draw back in talented, highly educated individuals to accelerate China even further into science and technology developments.

It will be interesting to see if these changes play out the way the Chinese government intends them to. But, this new change is definitely a win for students of Chinese origin to help land a job in China after graduation.

 
This article was written by Isabel Adler. Please send an email to managing@oncenturyavenue.com to get in touch.

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