Work Permit Category System

ItemCriteriaPoints
Annual Salary paid by domestic company (Highest possible score: 20)450,000 and above20
350,000 – 449,99917
250,000 – 349,99914
150,000 – 249,99911
70,000 – 149,9998
50,000 – 69,9995
Less than 50,0000
Level of Education or International Professional Qualification Certificate (Highest possible score: 20)Doctor; Highest level International vocational qualification certificate; Senior technician or equivalent20
Master’s; technician or equivalent15
Bachelor’s; Senior Worker or equivalent10
Related work experience
(Highest possible score: 20)
One additional point for every year above 2 yearsMaximum 20
2 years55
Less than 2 years00
Annual working time in China will be?
(Highest possible score: 15)
(Unit: Month)
Above 9 monthsAbove 9 months
6 – 9 months10
3 – 6 months5
Less than 3 months0
Level of Chinese
(Highest possible score: 5)
If you are Chinese before5
Bachelor’s or Higher degree on Chinese study (Major)5
HSK 5 and above5
HSK 44
HSK 33
HSK 22
HSK 11
Age (Year)
(Highest possible score: 15)
18 – 25 years old10
26 – 45 years old15
46 – 55 years old10
56 – 60 years old5
Above 60 years old0
Globally recognized university or
experience in top 500 company
(Highest possible score: 5)
Graduated from Globally recognized high level university in the world5
Work experience in Fortune Global 500 company5
You own patent or intellectual property5
Continuously work in China over 5 years5

Class-A Work Permit Criteria:
The most popular Class-A expat is following <High Incoming Earners>:
Salary is over 600,000RMB/year and Incoming tax over 120,000RMB/year.

Other high personal worth individuals may apply if they meet one of the following criteria.

  1. Employed by a Central state-owned enterprises; Fortune Global 500 China headquarters; National high-tech enterprises (Licensed by MOST) or Large-sized enterprise
  2. Is a GM or Vice GM, with technical talents or is the backbone of scientific research team employed by Medium-sized enterprise
  3. Employed at an Enterprise engineering research center (Licensed by NDRC); Engineering laboratory (Licensed by NDRC); Engineering and technology research center (Licensed by MOST); Enterprise technology center (Licensed by EITC); Local technological innovation service platform (Licensed by MOST)
  4. Employed at a China local university and academy; China local  first-class hospitals; Foreign-invested hospitals; China first-class orchestra; Chinese mainstream media; National or Provincial sport team or club.
  5. Personal comprehensive quality – score >85 points

If you can’t qualify for Class-A work permit, the following criteria will secure you a B catagory permit:

B1. You have Bachelor degree and 2 years full time related work experience after graduation.

B2. You are a experienced Technology Worker (have International certificate of technical skills) and 2 years full time related work experience and Your salary is equal or over 26,100 RMB/Month (the government will check your income tax receipt next year)

B3. You are a foreign language teacher (native speaker) in China. You have Bachelor or higher degree and 2 years full time teaching experience (if your major is Education, Language or Teaching or if you have recognized TEFL certificate, then 2 years full time teaching experience can be exempt)

B4. Personal comprehensive quality – score over 60 points.

The final category is Class C.

Class-C criteria:

C1. Fresh graduated student in Shanghai, have a bachelors or higher diploma (Issued from any university in shanghai and graduated within 1-year). Employed by a company registered in Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ) or Zhang Jiang high technology Park.

C2. You study in China, have a Masters or higher diploma (Issued from any university in China and graduated within 1-year, scores reach 80/100 or B+/B over average). Employed by a company registered in Shanghai