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Changning is intending to extend services to overseas talent in Shanghai’s neighboring provinces.Foreign experts in Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui whose employers have offices in Changning are expected to be able to benefit from the same privileges as those overseas talent in the district later this year.To get more Changning District news, you can visit shine news official website.
“Overseas talent will be treated exactly the same as local people by our human resources policies,” said Ma Jun, head of Changning’s talent services.
Although the Hongqiao One-Stop Service Center of Overseas Talents is among the best of its kind throughout the country, Changning will set up five sub-centers and a number of counters in local communities to better serve expat workers on their doorsteps.
The sub-centers at Chengjiaqiao Community and ShanghaiMart will be available for enquiries, while the one at Gubei Civic Center will accept applications for Shanghai Residence Permits and Foreigner Work Permits from August.
Applicants for services at the Hongqiao center are only required to visit the counter at 999 Jinzhong Road once.Changning was among the first in Shanghai, as well as the country, to pilot the Foreigner Work Permit when it was introduced in December 2016.By the end of February, the center had issued 4,950 Foreigner Work Permits and served more than 17,500 applicants needing entry or exit paperwork.Its services will be further expanded to become China’s most functional and efficient foreign professional service center.
The center also issues work permits for residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.This includes verification of their identities and those of their relatives, or children’s enrollment in local schools.It will extend its services to foreign affairs and top-notch overseas talent included in “the Recruitment Program of Global Experts” (known as “the Thousand Talents Plan”).
A top-level applicant with all the correct qualifications will get his or her Foreigner Work Permit in just one day at the Hongqiao service center. Moreover, Nobel Laureates, winners of the Turing Award or Magnolia Award and other first-tier talent, and their families, will enjoy privileges offered by Changning.
Jan Kreibaum, a senior executive with the world’s leading specialty chemical company, Clariant Corp, benefited from the “last mile” service.
Kreibaum, who heads Clariant’s regional headquarters in Changning’s Linkong area, was twice honored with the Magnolia Award and wanted to apply for Shanghai permanent residency.At the same time, his company was in urgent need of overseas talent and interns. But he and his colleagues were not familiar with the policy and the application process.
Officials from Changning and the city’s talent service center then provided services to both Kreibaum and Clariant (Shanghai), and his application for permanent residency was accepted, while his company was schooled on how to introduce overseas talent and interns.
Kreibaum and other foreign talent may also enjoy housing subsidies of up to 500,000 yuan (US$78,000), schooling for their kids, high-end health care and the most important, a public affairs specialist to help them deal with flight upgrades, legal advice to foreign exchange settlement and personal finances.
Tongren Hospital and Changning Maternity & Infant Health Hospital are two public hospitals which accept most foreign medical insurance plans, as do a number of private clinics and hospitals based in Changning.
Changning has established the city’s first district-level foreign expert bureau to serve highly skilled professionals from abroad. “Changning aims to attract global talent with world-class services,” said Wang Weiren, the district’s Party chief.
Since top-notch talent as well as enterprises employing people from overseas can enjoy tailored services by the Changning government, others may seek help from agencies as the district human resources and social security bureau will outsource the services.
Changning also welcomes foreign entrepreneurs to start their businesses here. For those to launch their projects in the district, they and their team members would soon be granted Foreigner Work Permits.