The State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs of PRC (hereinafter referred to as “SAFEA”) will implement the Pilot Program on Employment Permission for the Foreigners Working in China in the near future, subject to the decision made by the Office of the Administrative Examination and Approval System Reform of the State Council. The “Entry and Employment License for Foreigners” and the “Employment License for Foreign Experts” will be unified into the “Employment License for Foreigners”. SAFEA will be responsible for implementation of the program.
The major tasks of the pilot program include unifying the name of certificates, promoting integration of the two certificates, unifying the examination and approval procedures, establishing a unified administration and service system for foreigners working in China, carrying out the classified administration on foreigners working in China based on the principle of “encouraging the high-end workers, controlling the number of ordinary workers and restricting the low-end workers”. Also, with respect to the design of the permission system, there will be a “green lane” for the foreign elites who want to work in China.