The Chinese government is readying a new visa system for expats from November 1.
The three-tier process will be trialled in the capital Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai; the provinces of Hebei, Anhui, Shandong, Guangdong, Sichuan and the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
If the trial is successful, the visas will roll out to the rest of the country in March 2017.
Details of the scheme have so far only been posted in Chinese, and government guidance interpreting the rules in other languages is awaited.
Apparently, the new visa process will categorise expats as either ‘top talent’, professionals or unskilled workers on a points system based on their skills and other factors.
These are likely to include salary, education, time spent in China, proficiency in Mandarin, age and job location, with more points awarded to expats moving to less developed regions.
Although no details of how points are awarded are available, a score of 85 or more secures a top talent visa, a score of between 60 and 85 a professional visa and below 60 an unskilled visa.
The government explained that the new visa system would make China more attractive and easier to access for foreign workers.
Kuwait investigates ‘worst for expats’ claim
A Kuwaiti government task force is investigating claims that the country is the worst place in the world for expats.
Minister of social affairs and labour Hind Al- Subaih has slammed the report from expat organisation Internations.
The country is allegedly considering plans to deport expats that are fired or lose their jobs, while government departments are under orders to reduce the numbers of expats on their payrolls.
Expats account for close to three-quarters of Kuwait’s population of 4.3 million.
MP Abdurrahman Al-Jeeran wants a cap on the number of expats in Kuwait and the introduction of tests to weed out those with the least skills who earn the lowest wages.
“Does Kuwait need 800,000 Indians and 500,000 Arabs with below average educational levels?” he said.
Offshore oil and gas workers need visas
A High Court ruling in Australia has overturned government guidance that visas are not needed by offshore oil and gas workers.
Judges decided an exemption under the Migration Act was invalid.
The ruling also impacts on pay and safety for offshore workers.