Chinese lawmakers are proposing to strengthen the management of expatriates by further tightening laws regarding their illegally entering, living and working in the country, or "three illegals," encountering diverse opinions toward the possible impact of such laws.
A draft law on exit and entry administration is being discussed by China's top legislators at the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and the final version is expected to be released in late June.
Expats who work in China without working permits or work-related documents and international students working in violation of related work-study program regulations will be listed as illegally working, according to the draft.
It also said that those who have illegally provided documents or letters of invitation to foreigners will be fined between 2,000 yuan ($314.70) and 10,000 yuan with their illegal incomes confiscated, and will also be required to cover the expenses to send the foreigners back.
Liu Guofu, an expert on immigration law from the Beijing Institute of Technology, told the Global Times yesterday that the draft is a timely amendment to the current laws that took effect in 1986.
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