Drafted Law to Reduce the Minimum Stay of Foreigners with Work Permits

Drafted Law to Reduce the Minimum Stay of Foreigners with Work PermitsThe National People’s Committee is now on its third reading of a drafted law discussing the exit and entry administration. Once the reading is done, the law can undergo a committee vote.

The drafted law is now nearing final approval. According to the national legislative session they are proposing to cut in half the minimum stay of foreigners holding work permits. A permit’s validity ranges from 180 days to 5 years, under the new law the minimum stay will drop from 180 days to 90 days or from six months to three.

As of now there are 200,000 foreigner holding work permits in China during the end of 2011, with most of them are employed by companies or teachers. Human resources of a electronics company said the shortened minimum stay will not affect operations since it will not create a huge impact, but might give more bureaucratic hurdles for short term foreign workers.

If the new law is passed this would mean that foreigners seeking work permits will need to go through visa processes frequently, creating more expenses like mail fees for mailing passports, visa fees.

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