May 10, 2013

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In a continuing evolution of implementing China’s new Exit/Entry immigration law, the Shanghai Labor Bureau has recently announced an increase in the processing times for all Employment License applications.

What is an Employment License?

Employment License applications are filed by Chinese companies sponsoring foreign workers and is the first, major step in the overall work/residence permit application process.

Chinese companies file their Employment License applications with the local Municipal Labor & Social Security Bureau for Employment License.  Once approved, the Employment License is granted to the sponsoring company and the assignee and family are permitted to apply for their single-entry “Z” visas.

What’s Changed?

As of April 2013, various Labor Bureaus and Public Security Bureaus are undertaking how they will locally implement the comprehensive changes pursuant to China’s new immigration law (here)

As of May 1, 2013, the Shanghai Labor Bureau has increased average processing time from five to 15 business days for Chinese companies filing new Employment License applications.

In addition, processing times have increased to 15 business days for Chinese companies filing entity amendments for Transfer of Work Permit applications on behalf of an assignee applying to switch employment location to, or within, Shanghai.

ACTION ITEMS FOR EMPLOYERS

Companies considering application for work/residence permit for Shanghai-based assignments, or considering change of employment within Shanghai, should factor in the new Employment License application processing times.

Caveat Lector | Warning to Reader

This is provided as informational only and does not substitute for actual legal advice based on the specific circumstances of a matter. Readers are reminded that Immigration laws are fluid and can change a moment’s notice without any warning. Please reach out to your local Pro-Link GLOBAL specialist should you require any additional clarification. This alert was prepared by Glenn Faulk, Senior Manager, Knowledge Management. Pro-Link GLOBAL worked with our PLG Office in Shanghai to provide you this update.

Information  contained in this Global Brief is prepared using information obtained from  various media outlets, government publications and our KGNM network of  immigration professionals. Written permission from the copyright owner and any  other rights holders must be obtained for any reuse of any content posted or  published by Pro-Link GLOBAL that extends beyond fair use or other statutory  exemptions. Furthermore, responsibility for the determination of the copyright  status and securing permission rests with those persons wishing to reuse the  materials. Interested parties are welcome to contact the Knowledge Management  Department (km@pro-linkglobal.com)  with any additional requests for information or to request reproduction of this  material.