Am I qualified for China work permit? I belongs to Category A, B or Category C?

Updated - 1st Jan 2022, Shanghai as an experimental unit, will start the new “Work Permit” policy from 1st April 2017. According to new policy, the old “Alien Employment Permit” and old “Foreign Expert Certificate” will combine to one named “Foreigner’s Work Permit” (FWP). The foreign expert bureau will take charge of it.

The new policy will divide the foreigner who works in China into 3 categories. Class A (Talent - encourage), Class B (Specialty - control), Class C (Normal - restrict). You have to reach at least Class C, and then we can apply your FWP and working residence permit (which is the necessary documents to work legally in Shanghai). Please check following criteria of Category A, Category B & Category C, then you will know you belongs to Category A, B1, B2, B3, B4, C1, C2, C3?

Please check the Class-A Criteria:
The most popular Class-A expat is following <High Incoming Earners>:
Salary is over 600,000RMB/year and paying Incoming tax based on that amount.

And other Class-A criteria, please check following links:

If you are not qualify for Class-A work permit, then please check if you are qualify for any of following Class-B situation (most of people) or not:

B1. You have Bachelor degree and 2 years full time related work experience after graduation.

B2. You are a Technology Worker and Your salary is equal or over 4 times of shanghai average wage in society (on year 2020, it's 33,334RMB/Month, the government will check your income tax receipt next year)

B3. You are a foreign language teacher (native speaker) in China. You have Bachelor or higher degree and 2 years full time teaching experience (if your major is Education, Language or Teaching or if you have recognized TEFL certificate, then 2 years full time teaching experience can be exempt)

B4. Personal comprehensive quality – score over 60 points, score sheet below:

Item Criteria Points
Annual Salary paid by domestic company (Highest possible score: 20) 450,000 and above 20
350,000 - 449,999 17
250,000 - 349,999 14
150,000 - 249,999 11
70,000 - 149,999 8
50,000 - 69,999 5
Less than 50,000 0
Level of Education or International Professional Qualification Certificate (Highest possible score: 20) Doctor; Highest level International vocational qualification certificate; Senior technician or equivalent 20
Master's; technician or equivalent 15
Bachelor's; Senior Worker or equivalent 10
Related work experience
(Highest possible score: 20)
One additional point for every year above 2 years Maximum 20
2 years 5
Less than 2 years 0
Annual working time in China will be?
(Highest possible score: 15)
(Unit: Month)
Above 9 months 15
6 - 9 months 10
3 - 6 months 5
Less than 3 months 0
Level of Chinese
(Highest possible score: 5)
If you are Chinese before 5
Bachelor's or Higher degree on Chinese study (Major) 5
HSK 5 and above 5
HSK 4 4
HSK 3 3
HSK 2 2
HSK 1 1
Age (Year)
(Highest possible score: 15)
18 - 25 years old 10
26 - 45 years old 15
46 - 55 years old 10
56 - 60 years old 5
Above 60 years old 0
Globally recognized university or
experience in top 500 company
(Highest possible score: 5)
Graduated from Globally recognized high level university in the world
(Please check here for the ranking)
Work experience in Fortune Global 500 company 5
You own patent or intellectual property 5
Continuously work in China over 5 years 5

If you are not qualify for Class-B work permit, then please check if you are qualify for any of following Class-C situation or not:

C1. Fresh graduate in Shanghai (or a fresh graduate from top 500 overseas university) within 2 years, have a bachelor diploma. Employed by a company registered in Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ) or Zhang Jiang national innovation demonstration zone, Lingang special area or Hongqiao central business district, any of the 5 new towns (Jiading, Qingpu, Songjiang, Fengxian and Nanhui) or to be employed by any company included in shanghai sci-tech innovation occupation list.

C2. Fresh graduate in China (or a fresh graduate from top 500 overseas university) within 2 years, have a Master or higher diploma (scores reach 80/100 or B+/B over average). Employed by a company registered in Shanghai

C3. French Intern <1000 plan as internship> or German intern <DIHK program> in Shanghai company. (Internship less than 6 month)


Because of the new policy was just implemented, inquiries increase a lot. Please communicate with us by email. we will reply you in detail and in time.

First time consulting: Please email or call us, walk-in directly is not recommend.
In the process of document submission: Better use SF express to deliver it to us instead of come in person, we need more time to check your case to make sure it will go smoothly.
Any unavoidable visit: Please make an appointment with us in advance.

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