Foreign Business Service Window Opens at Wuhan Citizens Home

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On August 25, the Single Window for Foreign Business Handling was opened at Wuhan Citizens Home, which was recognized as a milestone for building the Wuhan International Talent Free Port.

It was introduced that the single window for foreign business handling unifies five services, namely, introducing talents, public security, foreign experts, business as well as entry-exit inspection and quarantine. It is expected that the service windows for education qualification verification and non-criminal evidence will be opened in the future.

Meanwhile, the other two single windows were established in the Hubei Pilot Free Trade Zone Wuhan Area and Wuhan Economic and Technological Development Zone (Hannan District), respectively.

In recent years, Wuhan has attached great importance to the construction of International Talent Free Port, launching a series of policies to facilitate foreigners in the city, including implementing 72-hour visa exemption for travelers and setting up service window for the residence.

1. Give green light to application of permanent residence for the overseas high-level talents

High-level foreign talents, including those who elected from the “Thousand Talents” Program and talent programs in line with international standards, entrepreneurial talents and excellent young talents, can directly apply for the permanent residence with recommendation of the leading group of Hubei Talent Work, the Hubei FTA office or the coordination group of Wuhan Comprehensive Innovation and Reform Pilot Area.

设立外籍高层次人才申请永久居留“直通车”。外籍高层次人才包括“千人计划”,还包括符合国际公认专业成就认定标准的人才、人才计划入选者、创新创业类人才及优秀青年人才,经湖北省人才工作领导小组、自贸区工作办公室或武汉全创改协调小组推荐,可直接申请永久居留。

2. Establish a market-recognized talent mechanism

Foreigners working in the Hubei FTA or the comprehensive innovation and reform pilot area, whose wage income (pre-tax) is 6 times more than the previous annual average local income for 4 successive years or the personal income tax reaches the required level, can directly apply for permanent residence. The 2017 standards show that those whose annual salary income and personal income tax reach 300,000 yuan and 50,000 yuan, respectively, can directly apply for permanent residence without any requirement for the category of his/her companies and position level.

建立市场认定人才机制。在自贸区或全创改试验区内工作的外籍人员,连续4年工资性年收入(税前)超过当地上一年度社会平均工资6倍;每年缴纳个人所得税达到标准的外籍人员,可直接申请永久居留。2017年的标准是工资性年收入和缴纳个人所得税分别达到人民币30万元和5万元,可直接申请永久居留,不再限制单位类别和职务级别。

3. Extend the validity of visa and residence for Chinese of foreign nationality

Chinese of foreign nationality may apply for long-term residence permits or multiple-entry visas to work, study, negotiate or reunite in Hubei, which is the first facilitation exit-entry policy for the Chinese of foreign nationality.

放宽外籍华人签证和居留有效期。来鄂工作、学习、洽谈、团聚的外籍华人可申请长期居留或多次往返签证。给外籍华人出入境及停居留提供了最大便利。此前没有专门针对外籍华人的出入境便利措施。

4. Extend limit for the Chinese of foreign nationality in terms of unit category, job level and working / residence time

Chinese of foreign nationality who meet the requirements in educational background and residence time can directly apply for permanent residence in China. The old requirements for the unit category and the job level (a professional title of sub-senior or higher for 4 years) are abolished and the working and residence time is “at least six months Chinese territory each year for four consecutive years “, being replaced by ” at least three years of stay for 4 consecutive years in China. “

放宽对外籍华人申请永久居留单位类别、职务级别及工作、居住时限要求。符合学历或居留时限的外籍华人,可直接申请在华永久居留,取消了单位类别、担任“副高”以上职务连续满四年的要求,将原来“四年内累计居住不少于三年”的时限门槛降低为“连续工作满四年、每年在我国境内实际居住累计不少于六个月”。

5. Encourage foreign students to start business

Who are foreign students with the required academic qualification would like to start a business in the Hubei FTA or in the pilot reform zone could apply for a personal affair-type residence permits (with the annotation “start up “) with stay of less than two years.

支持外国留学生创新创业。为符合学历要求,有在自贸区或全创改试验区内创新创业意愿的优秀外国留学生,签发居留期不超过2年的私人事务类居留许可(加注“创业”)。

6. Allow foreign students obtaining employment directly after graduation

Who are foreign students employed by the companies in Hubei FTA and the pilot reform zone could apply for residence permits for work after graduation, getting rid of the requirements for Visa Z and working experience.

允许外国留学生直接就业。对符合学历要求,被自贸区或全创改试验区内有关单位聘雇的优秀外国留学生,毕业后可以按规定办理工作类居留许可。突破了“工作经历”和“Z”字签证的硬性要求。

7. Support young foreigners to do internship in Hubei

Foreign students who are invited to do internship in Hubei by organizations registered with the Exit-entry Administration Department of Hubei Public Security Bureau may apply for the short-term S2 visas (with the annotation “internship”) before they come to Hubei or apply for the changing to S2 visas (with the annotation “internship”) in Hubei.

支持外籍青年人才进行实习活动。对经湖北省公安厅出入境管理局备案的单位邀请前来实习的境外高校外国学生,可申请短期私人事务签证(加注“实习”)入境,或在境内申请变更为短期私人事务签证(加注“实习”)进行实习活动。为外籍青年人才来鄂实习给予政策支持。

8. Extend the scope of application for a permanent residence permit

Foreigners in the Hubei FTA or in the the pilot reform zone, who have successfully applied for residence permit for work for two consecutive times and have no violation of laws and regulations, may apply for long-term residence permits.

扩大长期居留许可申请范围。为在自贸区或全创改试验区内已连续两次成功申请工作类居留许可,且无违法违规问题的外国人,签发长期居留许可。

9. Allow industry-university-research institute compound talents to take on multiple positions

The industry-university-research institute compound foreign talents in urgent need, could take on different posts after submitting the relevant certification materials and adding the annotation “part-time job” on the residence permit for work.

允许产学研复合型人才多岗位兼职。急需紧缺的产学研复合型外籍人才,提交相关证明材料,在工作类居留许可上加注“兼职”后,可以在产学研不同岗位兼职创新创业。

10. Expand the scope of port visa for foreign talents

Foreign talents employed by the Hubei FTA or Wuhan Innovation and Pilot Reform Zone who apply for Visa Z or R in the Wuhan Port Visa Division at Tianhe Airport in the charge of Exit-entry Administration Department of Hubei Public Security Bureau, can enter the Chinese territory via all ports with a port visa issuing authority.

扩大外籍人才办理口岸签证的范围。自贸区或全创改试验区内有关选聘的外籍人才,在湖北省公安厅出入境管理局武汉航空口岸签证处申请办理Z字、R字签证的,经申请,可从任意具有口岸签证签发权的口岸入境。