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Residence Permit (Work remarked with “Talent”)

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    I. Qualifications:

    Foreigners under any of the following circumstances can apply for residence permit (Work remarked with “Talent”).

    1. High-level talents introduced by Chinese Government;

    2. High-level talents recognized by Shanghai talent administration authority;

    3. High-level specific professional talents hired by units involved in Shanghai Scientific & Technological Innovation Occupation list.

    II. Formalities:

    1. Submitting the original of the valid passport and visa for examination;

    2. The original and the copy of the Registration Form of Temporary Residence for Visitors (issued by the hotel or the police substation of the area where the lodging takes place);

    3. Submitting the Foreigner Visa and Residence Permit Application Form completely filled up and one recent 2-inches half-length, bareheaded and full-face photograph;

    4. Submitting the Health Certificate issued within 6 months by domestic authority administration of entry-exit inspection and quarantine (applicants under the age of 18 or above the age of 70 can be exempted);

    5. Submitting the official application letter of the unit;

    6. Original and copy of business license and other registration certificates of the invitation unit (if the business license does not contain the unified social credit code then the organization code is also required), certificate of approval for establishment of enterprises with foreign investment or foreign investment enterprise establishment registration receipt (excluding domestic enterprises), enterprises filed could be exempted from the above documents;

    7. Submitting original of Foreigner’s Work Permit (except those holding Shanghai Residence Card B-L type); vice directors should submit the original of Identity Confirmation Certificate issued by Shanghai Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment;

    8. Submitting one of the certificates conforming to the origin of application:

    (1) Submitting original and copy of certificates for high-level talent identification issued by relevant authorities such as the Organization Department of the Central Committee of the CPC, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security or State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs;

    (2) Submitting original and copy of certificates for high-level talent identification or for specific professional talent issued by Shanghai Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau;

    (3) Recommendation letter for high-level specific professional talent provided by units involved in Shanghai Scientific & Technological Innovation Occupation list.


    1. Shanghai Scientific & Technological Innovation Occupation list could be inquired through the website of Shanghai Municipal Science and Technology Committee, Shanghai Municipal Commerce Committee, Shanghai Municipal Economy and Informatization Committee, Shanghai Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau (Shanghai Municipal Foreign Experts Affairs Bureau) and Shanghai Municipal Exit-Entry Administration Bureau;

    2. For first time application, applicants must go through the formalities by themselves; for reapplication, relative or unit of the applicants may apply on their behalf by providing the relevant proofing certificates, or applicants can visit for online application; those who extend residence permit within 3 months after its duration, can be exempted from submitting Item 4;

    3. If exit-entry administrative organization under public security organ, as it considers necessary, requires to interview the applicant or to demand the applicant to submit other supplementary materials (such as fingerprint collection information, relevant guarantee certificate, and etc.), however, the applicant fails to undergo the interview or submit the materials at/during the appointed time/period, the application will be deemed as cancelled, unless force majeure;

    4. Decisions made by the exit-entry administration on rejecting applications for visa extension or reissuance, or on not issuing foreigners’ stay or residence permits or not extending the duration of residence shall be final.

    III. Business hours and Location:

    Shanghai Municipality Public Security Bureau Exit-Entry Administration Bureau:

    Monday --- Saturday 9:00 – 17:00 (excluding public holidays, only documents collection in Saturday)

    Free-trade Zone Branch Exit-entry Detachment, exit-entry administrative office of each district:


    IV. Time limit

    Within 7 working days if application documents are complete.

    V. Fee standard

    For details, refer to the Visa fee standard of Reciprocal countries and Non-Reciprocal countries, the State Development and Planning Commission and the Ministry of Finance [J.J.G. (2003) No.392]