New visa category to attract overseas talents
作者： 来源：People's Daily 2016-07-10 10:28:18.000
实行人才签证 符合国际惯例"Talent introduction" visa category in line with international practice
According to statistics from the United Nations, more than 30 countries had introduced policies for enhancing travel convenience and making visa processing easier for talented individuals as of 2005, including 17 developed countries such as the United States as well as 13 emerging and developing countries. More and more countries are easing visa requirements to attract overseas talent.
For importing talents, the significance of the visa is obvious. Wu went to the United States after he obtained the doctor's degree in France. He said, "Since the France implemented a strict policy on the visa, my wife and child could not come to France with me. Not long ago, I found a piece of news, saying that France has loosened its policy on the talent work visa. If France implemented this loose visa policy at that time, I probably would have stayed in France."
"We are living in an era when talents and technicians flow frequently. The 'talent visa' issued by the Chinese government is a positive signal for overseas talents and technicians." The director of the Center for China and Globalization Wang Huiyao said, "This measure not only reflects that the Chinese government attaches great importance to importing overseas talents, but also accords with international conventions."
人才签证起步 期待完善“绿卡”The talent visa has started issuing and the "green card" still needs to be improved
According to sources, the talent visa includes the talent work visa and talent immigrant visa. But currently, China has only the talent work visa and does not have the talent immigrant visa which is commonly seen in foreign countries. Regarding this, Wang said that he hopes China could keep loosening its visa policy and keep upgrading its talent work visa.
Meanwhile, China should allow overseas talents with special qualities to change their work visas into immigrant visas and it should be the beginning for overseas talents to apply for "green cards" of China.
The head of the Beijing Great Wall Enterprise Institute Wang Delu also said that a lot of countries regard attracting talents as goals of their visas and usually issue visas according to industries, specialties and education backgrounds of the talents needed by them. For example, the United States has a preferential policy for overseas IT talents. China should learn from these countries in issuing the visa and make a bolder breakthrough for its visa policy.
"China's current visas for overseas talents are all temporary visas and extending the visa is a troublesome thing every time." A part-time researcher from the China Institute for Science and Technology Policy under the Tsinghua University Dong Jielin believes that issuing only the talent visa will not be able to really keep overseas talents, because the lack of the sense of belonging makes overseas talents not regard themselves as real insiders, and the short-term state of mind will not lead to the short-term behavior.
In order to really keep overseas talents and help them make innovations and start careers in China more conveniently, China still needs to improve its "green card." Wang said that, "Currently, the 'green card' of China still faces many issues. For examples, the standards for applying for it are still too high, its range of application is small, and its relevant treatments are still unclear, and therefore, it still needs improving." However, the newly-issued talent visa of ordinary visas is a good start.