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13 September 2018

CHINA: Work permit replaced by residence card for Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan residents 

Effective 1 September 2018, residents of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan are no longer required to obtain a work permit but can instead apply for a Mainland Residence Card. The residence card allows living, working and studying in mainland China without having to obtain any other separate authorization. 

Mainland Residence Card is available to those residents of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan who intend to stay in mainland China for more than six months. The permit should be issued within 20 business days and it is valid for five years. 

Applicants of Mainland Residence Cards may apply in many locations of local police stations, public security bureaus and government affairs service centers in Shanghai, Jiangsu province and Guangdong province. Processes for submitting applications may vary from province to province. Required documents will include proof of residence, employment or schooling, such as: housing lease contracts or purchase contracts, business licenses or labor contracts, student ID card (in case of students).

Residents of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan who currently hold a valid work permit issued in mainland China may continue working on their work permit until 31 December 2018. 

How does this affect the client?

Mainland Residence Card holders will be fully protected under Chinese labor and contract law. However, employers may see increased costs related to social insurance and housing fund contributions.

 

 

 

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