Initiating a new policy directed at attracting and retaining global talent, Shanghai has approved the first work permit for an international student who is fresh out of graduation.
The rather specific new policy eliminates the requirement of at least 2 years of prior work experience before being eligible for a work permit in China for international students who graduate from Shanghai universities with a master’s degree or above and seek a job in the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone or the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park. The chuangye (创业) or start-up private affairs residence permit is valid for 2 years and students can use it to legally intern and participate in start-up activities.
“Through my intern experience, in which I learned business practices in this international financial center and the diligence and wisdom of the locals, I found that getting a job here would be a win-win option,” the lucky recipient, Albert Saputra, 26, from Indonesia, told People’s Daily.
Saputra, who will almost certainly get a cool photo op soon, received a master’s degree in marketing from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. People’s Daily reports that he has interned since February at the Shanghai office of Nexans, a French cable manufactor, but initially planned to return home to find work. Saputra relates that many of his classmates had also hoped to stay in Shanghai to find work after graduation, but they were forced to give up because of visa restrictions and lack of internship experience.
It’s a brave new Shanghai we live in.
by Alex Linder
[Images via People’s Daily]