We informed you a while ago that expatriates in Shanghai can now apply for the two-year residence permit. Our friends at City Weekend have figured out how to go about getting it done, but first, you need to figure out if you’re eligible:
First up, almost anyone can apply if they’ve been working in Shanghai for a decent length of time. Anyone whose had a “Residence Card B” for two years (this covers all foreign nationals legally living here) is eligible, as are managers, legal representatives or high-tech workers with companies registered in Shanghai. If you’re just an “ordinary person” in a company worth over US$30 million, you’re up for it as well.
Teachers can also get in on the two year deal, but you’ll have to be the main administrator in a Chinese-foreign cooperative school. If you don’t fit into any of the previous categories but you’ve been in Shanghai continuously for five or more years, you can still apply. And don’t worry about exiling the kids-if you can apply, so can your dependants. Just submit their family relation certificate and passport.
Fit the criteria? Head here for more info on putting your paperwork together.