Visa Law Update


In the past issue, we published a brief on some significant changes in the new Exit-Entry Administration Law applying both to foreign and Chinese citizens that took effect in July. Here is more information we’ve picked out that is worth a notice.

The proposal for making a new exit-entry law was initiated ten years ago by the Ministry of Public Security of China and finished the first draft in 2007. After multiple drafts and revisions, the rules were read three times in three NPC meetings and finally passed for release on June 30, 2012. In April 2012, Yang Huanning, the vice minister of Public Security pointed out that the number of foreigners entering China “has been increasing by 10 percent annually since 2000.” The population of foreigners working in China has raised from 74,000 in 2000 to 220,000 in 2011.

In the new law, more specific measures and harsher penalties are stipulated for working illegally. All foreign nationals, regardless of visa category, will be required to register their presence with the local PSB Office within 24 hours of arrival in China. While this is a current requirement, enforcement will be enhanced as a result of increased spot-checks of foreign nationals. Re-registration is, and will be, required for each new entry to China. Any violators will face a fine from RMB 5,000 to 20,000 and even detention for 5-15 days or deportation. The authorities including the public security bureau and the frontier inspection office are entitled to make an on-site or continuous inspection of foreigners.