If you are a scientist, entrepreneur or a Nobel laureate, you might have a future as an expatriate in China.
The guidelines were released jointly by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Public Security.
The special visas — the first of which has already been approved — can be obtained in as few as five days, the government says.
Applications for the visa can be completed online and are free, the ministries say.
"Information uploaded by applicants will be shared by all the three departments, which will save the applicants' time since they won't need to hand in the information repeatedly," Gao Xiang, director of the policies and regulations department of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, said.