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China, in a further sign that it wants to become a magnet for the world’s most talented people, is reportedly offering new fast-tracked work visas to recruit talented foreign specialists.

UPI says the step is aimed at getting top scientists and businesspeople to work and live inside the country.

The Beijing bureau of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs effectively launched the program on Tuesday by approving the first Certificate for Foreign High-end Talent. “One must acquire the certificate before applying for the new visas, which are for five or ten years and include multiple entries into the country,” UPI reported.

Applications for the visas can also be completed online at no cost.