China processing changes for work authorization applications

The Shanghai Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau and Foreign Expert Bureau has recently implemented processing changes for work authorization applications. This is expected to reduce the processing time of Notification Letters for Work Permit (NLWP) and Work Permit (WP) applications in Shanghai.


Less frequent requests for revisions and additional information.

During NLWP and WP applications online pre-assessment, the Expert Bureau will notify applicants once for all corrections or additional information needed. Previously, the Expert Bureau notified applicants each time a correction or additional documentation was required.
Key Considerations: This is expected to reduce the time spent on to get online approval. 
Applicants who have submitted one online application and are notified of any revision can visit the authority for physical filing of NLWPs and WPs directly after they submit the second online application. This can be done instead of waiting for the submission to be approved.

More flexible application requirements.

When filing physical documents, applicants can either withdraw the application  or submit their application without non-essential documents if any such documents are unavailable.  Employers will need to provide the outstanding non-essential documents within 10 business days of filing. If not, they will be removed from the list of companies granted this benefit by the authority.
Key Considerations: This will ease the pressure on urgent cases if non-essential application documents are not yet available. However, employers should be very cautious in using this option because failure to provide outstanding documents can affect their good standing.

Shorter processing for top talents.

High level talents listed in the national talent introduction programs will see reduced standard government processing times for their WP applications.
Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Emily Wang, China Team Lead, Visa and Immigration Services or Debra Beynon, Regional Immigration Manager, APAC.
Source: This update was prepared using information from the Shanghai Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau.