Recently, Guangzhou launched its latest "Talent Green Card" policy, introducing eligibility criteria for 10 types of Chinese and foreign talent to apply for the card. In addition to highly skilled individuals, those with a master's degree from one of the world's top 300 universities, managers or technical experts working on key projects, or those earning an annual salary at least six times higher than the average social wage in Guangzhou are eligible to apply forthe talent green card.
Foreigners who have obtained the "Foreigner Work Permit" can enjoy 15 benefits, including the ability to apply for work-type residence permits with a validity period ranging from 90 days to five years. For further details, continue reading.
The talent green card is divided into two categories: A Card and B Card.A Card is available to six types of talent, providing them with 15 benefits, while B Card is available to four types of talent, offering three benefits.
Upto this point, Guangzhou has issued over 13,000 green cards to individuals with talent, with more than 10% being overseas talents.
Who qualifies for an A Card?
1.High-leveland highly skilled talent recognized or audited by the Guangzhou Municipality.
2.Overseas talent with experience in overseas work, study, or entrepreneurship.
3.Individuals with postdoctoral research experience, a postgraduate degree fromuniversities and scientific research institutes (including militaryresearch institutes) and a doctorate, a postgraduate degree from one of the top 300 universities globally and a master's degree or higher, or an undergraduate degree from one of the top 200 universities globally and a bachelor's degree or higher.
4.Those serving as middle or senior managers or technical experts in the primary organizers of Guangzhou's annual key projects, primary organizers of Guangzhou's strategic leading industry projects, enterprises recognized by the Guangzhou Municipality, or investment projects in key industries introduced by the Guangzhou Municipality.
5.Foreign (overseas) talent earning an annual salary not less than six times the average social wage of Guangzhou in the previous year and paying individual income tax of more than 120,000 RMB in the year following the annual settlement.
6.Talent who possess specialized skills identified by relevant departments and meet the needs of Guangzhou's economic and social development.
Whoqualifies for a B Card?
1.Talent who work in Guangzhou for no more than six months each year or have cooperative relations with relevant departments in Guangzhou.
2.Talent who work in Guangzhou's government departments and public institutions for no more than six months.
3.Talent who start businesses or work in regions such as the Guangzhou-Foshan High-quality Development and Integration Pilot Zone and the Guangzhou-Qingyuan Special Economic Cooperation Zone for six month severy year. The specific number and list of personnel eligible to apply for a talent green card under this condition will be determinedby the municipal talent affairs department.
4.Talent who meet the talent application requirements of each district in Guangzhou.
A Card holders can enjoy 15 benefits, including the following six situations:
1.After obtaining the "Foreigner Work Permit," foreigners can applyfor work-type residence permits with a validity period of at least 90 days and a maximum of five years. Those who meet the requirements ofthe foreign talent visa policy can renew their permits for zero-time, one-time, two-time, or multiple-time R visas, with a validity period not exceeding five years and a stay period of no more than 180 days.
2.Cardholder scan apply for ordinary passports, Exit-Entry Permits for Traveling toand from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan, and various endorsements in Guangzhou in accordance with regulations.
3.High-level overseas talent and technical experts who return to China to settledown or work for one year or more can enjoy customs clearance and tax exemption policies, as per regulations, for a reasonable amount of scientific research, teaching, and personal use items.
4.Cardholders who meet the conditions for household registration in Guangzhou canbenefit from expedited procedures.
5.Cardholder scan apply for talent apartments or shared property housing.
6.Cardholder scan benefit from expedited procedures when applying for a residence permit.
B Card holders can enjoy three benefits, primarily including theability to deposit and withdraw housing provident funds, apply for amotor vehicle driving license, and purchase houses. Foreigners oroverseas Chinese individuals can purchase a house for personal use in accordance with relevant state regulations.
How to apply for a Guangzhou Talent Green Card?
Applicants should complete the form and submit the required documents (originaland copy) to the Guangzhou Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau (http://rsj.gz.gov.cn/) either individually or through their employer. The original documents will be returned after verification.
sources from SFBC