New visa rules have been introduced for favoured foreign professionals and investors, said Xinhua. Qualified foreigners can now apply for a special work visa, which allows them to stay in the country for two to five years with multiple entry rights. A multipleentry visitor's visa is also available, valid for the same period and allowing a maximum stay of 12 months per visit.
Foreigners likely to qualify include: senior advisers invited by the Chinese government to carry out scientific and technological cooperation projects; those who have made outstanding contributions to China; professors and researchers invited by research institutions and universities; those who invest at least US$1m in the west of China or US$3m in other parts of the country.
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