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30,000 North Korean Children Living in Limbo in China (Guardian, Feb. 5): Since the 1990s, hundreds of thousands of North Koreans have fled across the border to China, many in order to survive famine in their homeland. Many of the women refugees have been vulnerable to abuse and sex trafficking. Up to 30,000 children born to North Korean mothers and Chinese fathers are now effectively stateless. Although the Nationality Law recognizes children born in China to one Chinese parent at PRC citizens, these parents rarely register their children because the mother’s identity would have to be revealed – and she would be deported back to North Korea. As a result, the children have no access to schooling or health care.
Weddings from Hell: the Cambodian Brides Trafficked to China (Guardian, Feb. 1): There’s a pattern of Cambodian women lured to China by promises of work but then sold into forced marriages. Even if they manage to flee China and return to Cambodia, reintegration is difficult.
As a publicity stunt, consumer electronics giant Suning Commerce Group hired a number of foreign students to work as express delivery couriers over Spring Festival in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanjing, and Chengdu. Continue reading Oops! As Publicity Stunt, Suning (Illegally) Hires Foreign Students to Make Deliveries
China’s transit without visa (TWOV) programs allow a traveler arriving at a designated airport or other port to enter China and stay within a specified geographic area for 72 or 144 hours visa-free before continuing their journey to a third country (or region). Continue reading China’s 72- and 144-Hour Transit without Visa Programs (Updated)
Below is our law firm’s unofficial translation of the Ministry of Public Security’s announcement.
For analysis, please see China’s 72- and 144-Hour Transit without Visa Programs (Updated).
On February 2, the Senate Judiciary Committee had a hearing on “The Failures and Future of the EB-5 Regional Center Program: Can it be Fixed?” Continue reading Senate Hearing on the EB-5 Regional Center Program (Video)
Trying to impress my 8-year-old son, Jacob, I told him that I was quoted in today’s Wall Street Journal about how China’s national soccer team is seeking to recruit foreign players. His response: that was an odd choice by the Journal because dad knows nothing about soccer. Sigh. Continue reading Wall Street Journal on China’s Recruitment of Foreign Soccer Players (Quoting Gary Chodorow)
Immigration attorney Gnoleba Seri was arrested in Brooklyn, NY, on January 14 on charges of immigration fraud and aggravated identity theft for forging Forms I-864, Affidavits of Support. Continue reading Immigration Lawyer Arrested for Forging Forms I-864, Affidavits of Support
Beijing’s Zhongguancun Science Park has received approval from the Ministry of Public Security for a visa pilot program to take effect March 1. The policy is meant to lure foreign talent to help to continue to develop Zhonguancun as a national center for science and technology innovation. Zhongguancun covers 488 square kilometers and has more than 20,000 companies. Continue reading New Visa Pilot Program in Beijing’s Zhongguancun Science Park
Thank goodness the ImmigrationProf Blog has written the Top 10 U.S. Immigration Stories of 2010 so I don’t have to. Of particular note is #7: China became the number one immigrant sending country; and more Mexicans are now leaving than coming to the United States. This story did not make as big of a national splash as it should have. A Pew Research Center study found that more Mexicans left than came to the United States from 2009-14. And China became the top country sending legal immigrants to the United States. The changing immigration demographics will no doubt influence future immigration concerns and law and policy responses.
Congress gave final approval last Friday to a $1.1-trillion funding bill, keeping the government running through September 30, 2016 (the end of the fiscal year). Tucked into the law is a provision to extend a key part of the EB-5 investment immigration scheme. The provision extends the pilot program for regional centers through September 30 with no changes. Continue reading President Signs EB-5 Extension into Law