Beijing will ease rules for foreign talents to enter, exit and acquire permanent residence


Beijing will ease rules for foreign talents to enter, exit and acquire permanent residence in the city. The new regulations are scheduled to take effect on March 1, announced the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) on January 12.

Examples of favorable terms the MPS grants to foreign talents include providing them with special offices for permanent residence examination and approval, streamlined approval procedures and more favorable conditions for foreigners with doctorate degrees or above to get a Chinese green card. The pilot program in Beijing’s Zhongguancun Science Park will also allow short-term internships in Beijing for foreign students and permit them to run their own start-ups in Zhongguancun. Foreign tech and senior management talents, for example, are encouraged to join China’s creative companies and file for permanent residence, stated the MPS.

The Center for China and Globalization (CCG) has championed for the cause to reduce the talent movement barrier for China. CCG is an independent think tank dedicated to the study of China’s globalization strategy, particularly areas related to international talents and China outbound investment. Since its founding, CCG has published an annual series of "Annual Blue Book on China’s Global Talent", hosted dozens of roundtables and forums, advocated through media articles for the removal of barriers that limit international talent flow. Beijing’s new international talent policy is a direct result of the work of CCG, which is the only think tank that has been involved throughout the policymaking process. Many of CCG’s policy recommendation have been integrated into the 20 new regulations. The new policy aims to lead to an influx of highly-educated and skilled foreigners enter the country. Beijing also looks to attract talented Chinese recent graduates and workers abroad when the new policy coming into effect.