Relocating to China: An Overview

People relocate to China through working, investing (in either financial or non-financial form) or immigrating as permanant residence.   

According to the Gallup World Poll surveys based on the interviews of adults in 152 countries between 2015 and 2017, 15% of the world's adults -- or more than 750 million people -- saying they would like to move to another country if they had the opportunity, and China ranked the 14th amongst the top desired countries after Singapore and Sweden, ahead of countries such as Russia, Netherlands, Brazil and South Korea.

China is now considered as one of the best choices to develop career or gain experience abroad. The country offers inventment and professional opportunities in all areas including institutional, corporate, science, media or cultural sectors across all types of organizations, be it big international companies, state owned, private ones, joint ventures as well as the vast number of start-ups. China encourages international talents and entrepreneurs to come to the country, bringing along with them skills, ideas and new knowledge. Working in China is getting more and more popular and China nabbed top score on high experience and economy growth by HSBC’s Expat Explorer poll of the best countries for expatriates concerning working abroad. Overseas students, whether or not studying in China have more than ever freedom in seeking internships, start-up projects, employments and permanent residence in China.

Chinese green card has been considered the most difficult one in the world. There were only about 7 thousand issued during 2004 and 2014. In June 2016, China joined the International Organization of Migration, the application process has been eased, procedures streamlined and the threshold for applicants is lowered. According to the Ministry of Public Security, in 2016 alone 1,576 foreigners became permanent residents in China, up 163 percent year-on-year. In April 2018, The National Immigration Administration was officially set up in line with China’s recent policies favoring a more open border to enhance existing immigration services and encourage the entry of global talent. The number is destined to increase in the year to come.

To this point, the clear career development path covering study in China, internship, employment and residence has been a closed loop. One can reasonably expect that the work permit and various visa applications that were once perceived as ‘hindering’ factors, will become more transparent, streamlined and predictable.

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