According to the Measures to Facilitate Foreigners to Work in Shandong (trial), in the future, high-caliber foreign talents to work in Shandong Province do not need to apply for work permits and residence permits. With a visa for foreign talent only, they will be able to stay in China for up to 360 days and the visa is valid for up to 10 years.
Wu Guan, vice director of Shandong Provincial Foreign Affairs Office, introduced the province’s visa system of foreign talents, which has been fully implemented from March 2018. Up to now, the province has handled 346 visas for foreign talents, ranking third in the country, which is not bad in ranking, but not enough in number. The reason for this is not only the lack of policy publicity, but also the complexity of the handling procedures, which make it less convenient for foreign high-end talents.
To solve this problem, Shandong took the lead in the country and put forward the measure of the exemption of work permit for holders of visas for foreign talents, which will provide maximum convenience to high-caliber foreign talents. According to the new system, foreign high-end talent can hold a ten-year term R visa for a single stay of 180 days after the approval of visa for foreign talents. Foreign talents who stay in China for 180 days can apply for an extension, which means that they can stay in China for up to 360 days.