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August 16, 2017

New Foreign NGO Employee Work Permit Rules; Shandong, Wuhan, Beijing, Henan Discuss Foreign NGO Law with Government Agencies and Chinese Partner Units

Ministry of Public Security WeChat Posts—August 16, 2017

August 16, 2017:

Today, the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs and the Ministry of Public Security jointly issued a “Notice on Handling Work Permits for Foreign Employees of Foreign NGOs and Related Issues” to recipients at the provincial level.

According to the WeChat posting, the notice enumerates the necessary materials to obtain a work permit as the chief representative or other employee of a foreign NGO. For the former case, it is necessary to supply certificates showing the individual’s role in the registered foreign NGO, a physical exam certificate, as well as an application for a foreign worker permit completed online. “High-level foreign talents” may qualify for a work permit that lasts up to five years.

For temporary activities, applicants should use their temporary activity filing receipt as part of the application process, which varies depending on the length of the activity. Again, “high-level foreign talents” receive special consideration. For activities longer than 90 days, it is necessary to supply the filing receipt, an employment contract, and a physical exam certificate as part of the online application process.

UPDATE: China Development Brief has translated this WeChat post in full. State-affiliated news outlet Global Times also reported on this development in English.

August 16, 2017:

The Shandong Public Security Bureau (PSB) Foreign NGO Management Office held a meeting about Professional Supervisory Units (PSUs) today. Representatives from 57 different work units attended, including the provincial Development and Reform Commission, Office of the Leading Small Group for Poverty Alleviation and Development, Education Department, and Women’s Association. The Shandong Department of Commerce, Science and Technology Association, and Health and Family Planning Commission all presented about their experiences as PSUs. The People’s Bank of China Ji’nan explained the requirements related to the establishment of foreign NGO bank accounts.

Also today, the Wuhan city PSB Foreign NGO Management Office, at the direction of the Hunan PSB Foreign NGO Management Office, held a meeting with Chinese Partner Units. The PSB discussed its work related to temporary activities as well as some problems with management processes. The PSB also “patiently” gave answers to Chinese partners who had questions or were hesitant about temporary activities.

August 16, 2017:

Today, at the invitation of the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau, the Beijing PSB Foreign NGO Management Office participated in the “2017 Training Meeting for International Environmental Protection Cooperation and Foreign Affairs Management Work.” The PSB discussed how the foreign NGO law relates to environment-related activities in China.

Also today, The Tianjin PSB Foreign NGO Management Office met with five locally-registered foreign NGOs to discuss and resolve issues they are having related to their work.

The Henan PSB Foreign NGO Management Office successively visited the provincial-level Public Security Comprehensive Management Commission, Civil Affairs Department, Commerce Department, and Taxation Bureau to discuss the Foreign NGO Law.

Seven foreign NGOs, at the invitation of the Hunan PSB Foreign NGO Management Office, attended a meeting in which the PSB discussed the particulars of the Foreign NGO Law and registration and filing processes.

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