Q. What are the Interim Measures and Work Permit Management Services for Foreigners Working in Hainan Island, China?
A: On December 31st 2019, Hainan Province rolled out Interim Measures for Foreigners Working in Hainan and Work Permit Management Services (English version can be found by following “The Haikou Guide” official account on WeChat and searching for “Foreigner work permit updates, what you need to know”).
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Foreigners working in Hainan are classified into three categories: high-end foreign talents (Class A), foreign professionals (Class B), and other foreign personnel (Class C) and are subject to classified services and management. The specific standards are as follows:
(1) High-end foreign talents (Class A) refer to “highly-skilled and scarce” foreign talents such as scientists, scientific and technological leaders, international entrepreneurs, and unique talents that are urgently needed for the economic and social development of the province. There is no restriction on the age of high-end foreign talents (Class A).
(2) Foreign professionals (Class B) refer to foreign talents that are urgently needed to develop economic and social undertakings in the province and have a bachelor’s degree or a professional qualification certificate. There is no restriction on the age of foreign professional talents (Class B).
(3) Other foreign personnel (Class C) refers to various types of skilled and hands-on personnel that meet the needs of the labour market in accordance with national policies and regulations, in combination with the province’s free trade zone (port) construction requirements, and should not be more than 65 years old.
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