Work Permits No Longer Needed for Taiwanese to Work in Mainland China

August 14, 20189:06 am396 views

Taiwan residents are no longer required to get work permits to be able to work on the Chinese mainland, said the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council on Aug 8. The decision is part of a State Council decision made public earlier on Aug 3, which also abolished the requirement for Hong Kong and Macao citizens to acquire a permit to work on the mainland.

Confirmed by the spokesman for the office Ma Xiaoguang, the decision was made based on a study by the office and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHRSS) after drawing on suggestions and advices from several Taiwan compatriots. According to Mr. Ma, the policy aims to provide Taiwanese people with treatment equal to that of their mainland compatriots not only in terms of employment but also in pursuing education and starting businesses.

In exchange for the usual work permits, Mr. Ma said that business licenses, contracts, payroll, and social insurance payment records can all serve as permission letter for Taiwan compatriots working on the mainland. The MOHRSS is set to release a series of supporting measures as soon as possible related to Taiwan residents working on the mainland, in accordance with instructions from the State Council, he added.

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The mainland China has long promoted exchanges and cooperation with the island. Earlier in February this year, 31 measures were introduced to allow Taiwan residents to share in the opportunities brought by the mainland’s development. Among the areas covered by the measures include industry, finance and taxation, land use, employment, education, culture and healthcare. They include 12 that relate to equal treatment for Taiwan companies. For example, financial institutions in Taiwan can cooperate with mainland counterparts to provide small payment and credit services for Taiwan residents.

Additionally, there are also 19 other measures offering Taiwan people equal treatment with mainland residents in areas including education, setting up businesses and working on the mainland.

In other areas such as media and entertainment, the limits on films and television programs, including annual quotas on TV content or the number of movies airing in cinemas, will also be removed.

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