Effective immediately, certain Category A (highly-skilled) applicants seeking permission to work in Shanghai can apply for their work and residence permits simultaneously under a new "single window" procedure, shaving several days off the processing time.
Under the standard process, work permit applicants whose online applications have been accepted must submit their supporting documents at the Shanghai Foreign Expert Bureau, which must verify the documents within ten days (in practice, this usually only takes two to three days for Category A applicants).
Afterwards, they have to submit their residence permit application at the Public Security Bureau, which has a seven-day time limit for approval.
Under the new system, Category A applicants whose prospective employers are registered at qualifying Shanghai Expert Bureau service centres can submit these two applications in one visit, and the work and residence permits can be collected simultaneously, within a maximum of seven days.
The new system is currently available at the Shanghai Foreign Expert Bureau Service Centres in Meiyuan (Minsheng Road) and in Xuhui District, and is expected to be extended to all districts in Shanghai this year.
Employers who may be affected are encouraged to contact a Newland Chase immigration specialist for case-specific advice.
For general advice and information on immigration and business travel to China, please contact us.