New rules that take effect on April 1

Updated 2017-03-30 10:31:25 chinadaily.com.cn

Several important rules and regulations will change or take effect on Saturday, as April 1 marks the start of the second quarter of 2017. The rules range from regulations on foreigners working in China to protection of Maritime Silk Road cultural heritage.

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New foreigner's work permit in China

A new foreigners' work permit administration system is to go into effect on April 1. The Employment Permit for Foreigners and the Foreign Expert Work Permit are integrated into the Foreigner's Work Permit in China. The new program makes it more simple and transparent for foreigners to apply for a work permit in the country.

More administrative charges called off

Another 41 administrative charges will be cancelled across the country on April 1, according to a new government regulation. Among them are housing transfer fees and the marriage registration fee, which are closely related to everyday life.

Electric equipment required on commercial buses

China's new regulation on commercial buses will take effect on April 1. The rule makes it compulsory for all commercial buses to be equipped with a Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system and Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system.

Minimum wage raised in Shanghai

The minimum wage in Shanghai will be raised on April 1, when the local government will announce the adjustment plan. Currently, the minimum monthly salary in Shanghai stands at 2,190 yuan (8) and the minimum wage per hour is 19 yuan.

A foreigner inquires about visa and residence permit issues at an exit-entry administration office in Pudong, Shanghai. (File photo/Shanghai Daily)

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