China Planning New Agency to Regulate Immigration

Exit-Entry BureauBloomberg is reporting that the Chinese government is planning to create a new agency to regulate immigration. The agency would be formed by “merging and expanding the ministry’s border control and exit-entry administration bureaus and could be set up before year-end.” The story cites as its only source “people with knowledge of the plans.” Continue reading China Planning New Agency to Regulate Immigration

Non-Scandal? Dual Chinese-Canadian Nationals Denied Chinese Visas

hong-kong-canadaSeveral media outlets reported this week on two teenagers who applied for mainland Chinese visas in Toronto but were denied. The Chinese Consulate did not explain the denials, but apparently the reason was that although the teenagers were born in Canada and hold Canadian passports, they had acquired Chinese nationality at birth through their parents born in Hong Kong, so should travel on Chinese travel documents. Continue reading Non-Scandal? Dual Chinese-Canadian Nationals Denied Chinese Visas

The Meaning of “Extreme Hardship” for Waiver Purposes

hardshipA person found ineligible for a visa may nonetheless qualify one of the various “waivers” allowing visa issuance. Often, issuance of a waiver requires that the applicant prove a qualifying relative will experience “extreme hardship” if the waiver is not granted. Continue reading The Meaning of “Extreme Hardship” for Waiver Purposes

Uturn Asia: Gambian Migrants to China Going Back Home

africans-in-chinaThere are many different stories of Africans students, traders, and professionals pursuing their own Chinese dreams.

Dating back to the Cold War, there have been African students on scholarships to Chinese universities. Today, many report home about the luxurious conditions, excellent teaching, and the warm welcome. Continue reading Uturn Asia: Gambian Migrants to China Going Back Home

Quick Takes on U.S. & China Visa Law News

visa-law-news-briefsUS Media Scrutinize Wave of Chinese Migrants Illegally Crossing From Mexico (VOA, June 28): A “surge” in Chinese migrants seeking a better life in the United States by illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexican border is capturing the attention of U.S. media.

Sichuan Cracks Down on Illegal Foreign Workers (Sina, June 14): Sichuan Province has launched a 4-month crackdown on foreigners who illegally immigrate, reside or seek employment. The public should report such issues to police, while employers who illegally hire foreigners may be fined.

Xinjiang Residents Must Give DNA, Voice-Print For Passports (Radio Free Asia, June 8): Authorities in northwestern China’s troubled Xinjiang region are now requiring residents of Yili Prefecture to provide DNA samples and other biometric data before they can be issued with travel documents, sparking concerns over the possible ethnic profiling of the country’s mostly Muslim Uyghur group.

China’s Twilight Years (The Atlantic, June 2016): China today boasts roughly five workers for every retiree. By 2040, this highly desirable ratio will have collapsed to about 1.6 to 1. A demographer at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences predicts that in another decade or two, the social and fiscal pressures created by aging in China will force what many Chinese find inconceivable for the world’s most populous nation: a mounting need to attract immigrants. Continue reading Quick Takes on U.S. & China Visa Law News

Erler v. Erler: Enforcement of Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, Obligations

Affidavit of Support Help CenterA wealthy real estate agent must pay to support his immigrant ex-wife per his Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, even though she is now living with and being supported by her adult son. That’s the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Erler v. Erler, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 10361 (9th Cir. June 8, 2016). Continue reading Erler v. Erler: Enforcement of Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, Obligations

Shenzhen Police Issuing Warning to Unregistered Expats

shekou-psb-warning-topThat’s Shenzhen is reporting that the Shekou Police Department (蛇口派出所) has posted a warning that foreigners who fail to register their temporary residence within a week will face a RMB 2000 fine as part of a “big operation” by the police. Continue reading Shenzhen Police Issuing Warning to Unregistered Expats

2 Million Page Views. Thank You!

2 mil viewsThe U.S. & China Visa Law Blog just hit 2 million page views since we started counting in June 2012. For a viral cat video, that’s nothing. But for us, it’s worth celebrating. It’s been a pleasure to participate in a meaningful online dialogue about U.S. and China immigration law and policy. And to spark some great offline professional relationships and friendships. Thanks!

Special Considerations for Visa Processing at U.S. Consular Posts in China

Q&ASince our firm’s offices are in China, we are often asked by lawyers in the U.S. to work as local counsel for U.S. visa applications at the U.S. Consulates in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Shenyang. We make it our business to know each consulate’s policies, practices, and procedures. Here are the basic tips we give most frequently to stateside lawyers: Continue reading Special Considerations for Visa Processing at U.S. Consular Posts in China

Jumping through Hoops: China Visas for Athletes, Performing Artists, Film Production

jump-through-hoopsThis article introduces China visa rules as they apply to athletes, performing artists, and film production.

The rules have been re-shaped by the recent Exit-Entry Administration Law (2013),[1] implementing regulations (2013),[2] and ministry-level rules on short-term work assignments (2015).[3] Continue reading Jumping through Hoops: China Visas for Athletes, Performing Artists, Film Production