As China opens to the world, foreign talent plays an important role in the development of the export-orientated economy of China. The country’s foreign talent policy has also been changing as time passes. Famous for its manufacturing industry, Jiangsu Province has been home to many European firms and foreign employees. However, for a long time, the rather outdated foreign talent policy has limited the mobilisation of foreign employees. The European Chamber has been a voice advocating for foreign enterprises, and providing suggestions for more open and flexible talent policies. In order to help member companies with their issues in hiring foreign employees, since 2015, the European Chamber Nanjing Chapter has organised activities aimed at advocating for improvements to foreign talent policy, and has been in touch with the Jiangsu Provincial Department of Human Resources and Social Security, the Jiangsu Foreign Experts Bureau, the Jiangsu Exit-Entry Administration Bureau and other relevant local departments. 


  • In the South Jiangsu National Independent Innovation Demonstration Zone: Age limits for work permits of certain senior-level foreign employees urgently needed are abolished; Outstanding foreign students will be allowed to stay to work in the south of Jiangsu directly after graduation.
  • In Jiangsu, Qualified high-level foreign talent and spouses/children to apply for permanent residency; qualified foreign graduates to apply for residence permit; qualified foreign students to intern in China with a short-term residence permit.


Helped member companies with their issues in hiring foreign employees.

Categories: Advocacy

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