Hongqiao issues its first new work permits for foreigners
Applicants can download online forms for completion and submission, generating a lifetime individual code for the storage of personal information, including working experiences, services and credits. All the applications are expected to be processed through one service window within five working days, half the time of the previous application.
New work permit cards issued by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs are equipped with contactless RFID chips, carrying foreigners' names, photos, visa numbers, workplaces and the permitted duration and expiry date of their stay in China.
This combination of the previous two permit systems is designed to remove impediments, help reduce repetitious checks and approvals, avoid administrative loopholes and improve efficiency by building a more active, open and efficient personnel introduction system, said Zhang Jianguo, head of the foreign affairs bureau.
Firms with foreign employees can log in http://fwp.safea.gov.cn/index_index.action to fill in the online forms, and then bring the necessary materials for the procedure of real-name registration at Hongqiao Enterprise Service Center.
Location of Hongqiao Enterprise Service Center: No.33 Shenhong Road, Shanghai
Service time: 9 am to 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm, from Monday to Friday
The work permit consultation phone line: (021)12333