First Work Permit for Fresh Foreign Graduates Issued in Shanghai

Issuing time:2015-07-31 17:19Source:Guide in China

Before July, all young foreign professionals needed at least two years of post-graduation work experience before they were legally employable in Shanghai. This put a damper on the dreams of many freshly graduated hopefuls with their sights set on China's big cities.

But now, it's a whole new world.

Shanghai has approved the first-ever two-year work permit for a fresh foreign graduate from a Shanghai university. The coveted document went to Albert Sapura, a 26-year-old Indonesian national who graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University with a master's degree in Marketing.

So what exactly are the new changes?

According to China Daily, foreign graduates from Shanghai universities with a master's degree or above can work in the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone or Zhangjiang National Innovation Demonstartion Zone - no work experience needed.

What about undergrad students?

Fear not, undergrad students also have opportunities - foreign graduates from Chinese universities with a bachelor's degree or above can apply for a startup private affairs permit, which enables them to intern in Shanghai and/or get involved in a startup business.

International grads, Shanghai is ready for you.

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