On 9 September 2016, the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs unveiled the reform of the current work permit system for foreigners living in China. The changes will merge the various regulations for foreign specialists with the application procedures of ordinary foreigners. The reform will replace the current work permit booklet with an ID card similar to the one Chinese already have, and implement a grading system, which will rank foreign workers according to their experience and skills.

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About the Author

Richard Hoffmann

Consultant, Lawyer, Partner and Co-Founder at ECOVIS Beijing

Richard obtained an honor’s degree in law in Germany and worked for various prestigious law firms in Germany, America and China. In addition to being member of the management board at ECOVIS International he is Supervisor for the China business of a respected German company and shares his extensive knowledge to students by teaching commercial law in China at SRH Hochschule Heidelberg.

Richard has published more than fifty articles in international magazines, frequently speaks at high profile events in China and abroad and is often invited as a legal expert by international TV and radio stations such as CCTV or Reuters. He obtains more than 10 years working experience in China and with Chinese Companies. He speaks German, English, French and Chinese.

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