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Post time 2013-5-6 16:25:25 |Display all floors
By Chen Xin
                                                                                                                                China Daily/Asia News Network
                                                                Saturday, May 04, 2013

Draft rule aims to attract talented professionals China urgently needs

Foreign talent will soon be eligible for China visas valid for up to five years, under a draft regulation.

The draft was released by the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council on Friday, and public opinion is being sought for a month. It states that China will grant two new types of visa, R1 and R2, for foreign professionals.

A R1 visa will come with residency rights, while a R2 visa will allow multiple entry and exits.

Liu Guofu, an immigration law specialist at the Beijing Institute of Technology, said R1 visa holders can apply for a residence permit for up to five years, while a R2 visa will allow professionals to stay in China for 180 days at a time.

The regulation will be implemented under the Exit and Entry Administration Law, which takes effect in July.

Visa holders should be experts recognised by provincial-level governments and above, and professionals that China urgently needs, according to the regulation.

Earlier rules endorsed by five ministry-level departments state that foreign professionals working on projects carried out by central government departments and centrally administered enterprises, and talent introduced through provincial-level recruitment programs, can benefit from the new long-term visas.

The new State Council regulation does not specify groups that China urgently needs and which are eligible for "talent visas". But Liu said a draft in which ministerial departments had assessed feedback from specialists, including Liu, shows they include candidates with management experience at leading multinationals, specialists in education and science-related fields, and renowned figures in culture and sport.

"The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security or the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs may soon release the list of target groups," Liu said.

Wang Huiyao, director of the Center for China and Globalization in Beijing, said the new visas will help attract overseas talent.
"The regulation will especially lure those who work in other countries but want to spend time working in China," he said.
Wang said that in the past China had focused a great deal on how to manage foreigners working in or visiting the country when making or amending visa-related laws and regulations.

Rule: 'Green card' mulled
But now the country is aiming to attract global talent by providing more convenient visa policies, like many other countries, including the United States.

Quintus Doamekpor, a 34-year-old from Ghana, has been working in China for 11 years. He married a Chinese, has a daughter and works as a language teacher at a school in Yuncheng, Shanxi province.

Doamekpor said he has a foreign expert certificate, and his visa must be renewed every year.

"I hope to know more requirements for the new visa application and I want to be included," he said. "My ultimate aim is to obtain a permanent residence permit."

Liu has suggested that policies should give "talent visa" holders the chance of permanent residency after they have worked in China for a certain period.

The government is considering lowering the threshold for permanent residency.

The Ministry of Public Security is drawing up a draft regulation, under which foreigners who work in China for 10 consecutive years may be eligible for a "green card".

Meanwhile, the State Council regulation states that visa management bureaus and entry-and-exit management bureaus under public security departments can keep fingerprints of foreigners who enter China.


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Post time 2013-5-10 14:34:04 |Display all floors

China hopes to attract foreign talent with 5-year visas

In a bid to attract more high-skilled foreign professionals, China plans to issue two new types of visas - multiple entry, five-year "talent visas".


A draft bill, released by the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council on Friday, stated that China will grant R1 or R2 visas to senior-level foreign professionals "that the country urgently needs".


The new State Council regulation does not specify groups that China urgently needs and which are eligible for "talent visas". But Liu [Liu Guofu, an immigration law specialist at the Beijing Institute of Technology] said a draft in which ministerial departments had assessed feedback from specialists, including Liu, shows they include candidates with management experience at leading multinationals, specialists in education and science-related fields, and renowned figures in culture and sport.


"The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security or the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs may soon release the list of target groups," Liu said.


An R1 visa will come with residency rights, with holders allowed to apply for a residency permit of up to five years. Holders of R2 visas will have multiple entry and exit access, and will be permitted to stay in China for up to 180 days at a time.


According to China Daily, public opinion on the draft bill will be sought during a month long consultation period. The regulation will be implemented in July, under the Exit and Entry Administration Law.


Additionally, the Ministry of Public Security is drawing up a separate draft regulation that would allow foreigners who have worked in China for ten consecutive years to be eligible for a green card - thus "lowering the threshold for permanent residency".

      
                                            
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 08:13
Global talent lacking in China
By Yang Yao

Nation needs to offer incentives to attract foreign executives: experts


China needs to develop better policies to attract professionals from abroad to work in Chinese companies, helping to power the shift from “Made in China” to “Created in China”, according to experts.


“There are so many companies in China that need global talent, but there are only a few thousand available in the Chinese market,” said Wang Huiyao, director-general of the Center for China and Globalization.


According to his research, China needs 75,000 executive managers with global experience in the next five to 10 years, but there are only 3,000- to 5,000 people in the local market who meet the necessary criteria.


Wang said that a new era has arrived in which Chinese companies are increasingly expanding and doing business overseas, a fact that calls for professionals and managers with international backgrounds.


Last year, China’s overseas investment reached $72.2 billion, and this year, China’s foreign investment is expected to top $100 billion for the first time.


According to Fortune Magazine’s 500 Top Global Companies List this year, China has a record number of 89 companies listed, next only to the United States.


“However, most of these companies are still domestic-oriented,” said Wang. “For these companies that wish to get more market share globally, one of the key challenges is that they don’t have enough global talent — particularly global executive talent.”


“China will need many more global executives and managers to cope with the rapid increase of Chinese companies, global investment and business activities,” he said.


Zheng Hong, HR manager with Hangzhou Hongsheng Beverage Group, the mainland’s largest soft drinks company by sales, expressed the same wish.


“We hope to create our own brand, which can influence and change consumption habits in the global beverage industry,” she said. “But we are lacking innovative people who are capable of doing so.”


The fields most in need of professional talent from abroad include hi-tech industries, energy/natural resources, healthcare and life sciences, according to the 2013 Executive Search Industry Global Outlook Report, by the Association of Executive Search Consultants.


“The senior executive talent shortage is the most visible this year in China,” said Peter Felix, president of the New York-based global headhunting organization.


Citing one example of the penetration of foreign talent into the Chinese business world, Felix said that around half of Lenovo’s board of directors are American.


“In order to retain this high-end group of talent, China needs to compete with other countries,” he said. Liu Huaisong, chairman of Zhongguancun Talent Association, said that compared with Silicon Valley in United States where more than 40 percent of the companies are started by foreigners, Zhongguancun, China’s “Silicon Valley”, has a low proportion of overseas talent.


Felix told China Daily that his organization, as well as the China Global Talent Society and Zhongguancun Talent Association, are joining forces to help Chinese high-tech companies search executives globally.

“In this sense, China needs to create a whole package, including visa policy, education, retirement, legal system and also environment, to attract them,” Felix said.


However, there are tensions between the need for global talent and current social policies.


Lin Lei, deputy head of human resources for Microsoft China, said that the issuing of visas is a big issue.

“If there were more green cards issued to the senior executives, things would be easier,” she said, citing the example of Zhang Yaqin, corporate vice-president of Microsoft, who was born in China but now holds a US passport.

According to  data from the Ministry of Public Security, China had only issued 4,752 green cards to foreign residents by the end of 2011.


For industry executives like Zhang, who is valuable in every company and every country, we still have to help him renew his visa every year, which is a huge burden. Why not give people like him a green card?” Lin said.


Lin also said that Chinese education, healthcare and environmental standards are not always conducive to retaining talents.

“If Chinese professionals who have global industry experience immigrate to other countries because they are dissatisfied with the package offered to them, it will be a huge loss for the country,” she said.






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