October 18, 2013:
All Points Relocation’s Asian partner, Santa Fe Relocation has learned that the The Shanghai Labour Bureau are considering requiring a non-criminal record certificate in filing employment license, work permit and expert permit applications.
At this time, the Bureau has not announced an implementation date.
The non-criminal record certificate requirement, which Beijing officials have enforced since 1 July 2013, would be issued by the police station or equivalent authorities/ministries in the applicant’s home country or country of residence and then legalized by the Chinese embassy or consulate also in the home country or country of residence.
You can contact All Points to receive further information on the updates we get from on the matter.
Impact on Corporations send Global Assignees to Shanghai
All Points recommends that Human Resources make those that authorize global assignments or global relocations to Shanghai aware of these possible changes. Given that the implementation date on this potential requirement can be made effective at any time, it is our recommendation that even those are currently being considered for global assignments to Shanghai in the near future obtain the non-criminal record certificate.
For employment licenses that had been approved earlier, there will be no impact and work permits can still be filed without the non-criminal record certificate.
Please watch for future Relo-lert updates, as we are following this matter closely. You can contact All Points to receive further information.