What is the change? China and France have implemented a “1,000 interns” program.

What does the change mean? The program allows 1,000 French nationals and 1,000 Chinese nationals to intern in each other’s country in 2016.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate.
  • Visas/permits affected: Visas marked as “internship.”
  • Who is affected: French and Chinese nationals ages 18 to 30.
  • Business impact:The interns must have accepted a job offer with an employer and the visas are expected to have a duration of three to six months.

Background: The intern program is part of a Sino-French agreement that was signed Nov. 2 and effective April 1. To qualify under the “1000 interns” program, applicants must be 18 to 30, either a university students with at least two years of study or a new graduate within one year, and have accepted a job offer with an employer in the destination country.

BAL Analysis: The agreement signals economic cooperation, and the intern program provides an opportunity for French and Chinese employers to hire young interns.

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