China: Online Application System Upgrades Affecting Company Registration Details
Upgrades to China's online Work Permit application system from version 1.0 to 2.0 have caused instability affecting the registration details of several companies, preventing them from completing their transactions through the online system. In such cases, companies may need to re-submit their registration details in order to continue using the online system.
Further to our previous alert on the need to re-submit some Work Permit applications already in progress, there have now been reports that the registration details of several companies have been affected and are not fully migrating to the new version. As a result, such companies cannot complete their transactions through the online system.
Any Work Permit application initiated during the next two to three weeks may trigger a requirement to re-register the entity in order for the Work Permit application to be accepted.
Until all the data has migrated successfully, some entities may need to re-submit their registration details in order to continue using the online system. However, the completion date for the data transfer has not been announced publicly.
What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals
Employers and foreign nationals should expect delays in processing of their work authorizations applications as a result of the continued instability of the online application system.
Fragomen will reach out to clients where a re-registration is required.
Fragomen China is closely monitoring the situation and will report on further details as they become available.
This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen or send an email to CNInitiations@fragomen.com.
Fragomen in China is Fragomen (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., operating exclusively as an immigration consultancy and not as a law firm in China.