China is relaxing its visa rules for foreign workers in a bid to attract global talent to rev up its growth. According to Caixin, a new pilot program unveiled by the Ministry of Public Security on Thursday allows anyone who has been employed in China for at least two consecutive years to apply for a five-year work permit. Earlier, most foreign employees had to apply for a new work permit every year, even when hired on multiyear contracts. The trial program is expected to be rolled out in coming months in “demonstration zones for innovative reform” in a total of nine cities and province-level governments, including Beijing, Wuhan and Hebei province, and 11 free-trade zones. The move comes as business leaders urged Beijing to make it easier for them to hire top global talent that might be put off by US immigration policies.
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