New Immigration (Exit-Entry) Law Enacted by China’s Congress


On June 30 the National People's Congress Standing Committee passed a new Exit-Entry Administration Law. This is the first overhall of China's immigration law since 1986.

Xinhua News Agency reports that the overriding policy behind the law is to create harsher punishments for foreigners who illegally enter, live, or work in China. But beyond that, the law enacts wide-ranging changes to the rules for foreigners visas, residence, and rights in China.

For example:

Fines for Unauthorized Work

Fines for Unauthorized Residence

Employer Sanctions

Industries and Occupations Prohibited,Encouraged, or Restricted to Foreigners

Residence Certificates

"Talent Introduction" Visa Category

Voluntary Departure and Deportation

Discretion to Deny Visas

Green Cards

Restrictions on Residence and Work Locations of Foreigners


Biometric Data

Body Searches

Reporting Requirements for Employers and Schools


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