China is overhauling its immigration law regime. A new Exit-Entry Administration Law (EEAL), enacted by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, became effective July 1, 2013. New State Council regulations became effective Sept. 1, 2013.
The law and regulations cover, among other things, visas, entry, and exit; stay, residence, and permanent residence; and investigation, penalties, and deportation. Continue reading “FAQ: China’s New Visa Law”
Buzz over Bid by China’s ‘Silicon Valley’ to Draw Foreign Talent (Straits Times, Dec. 15): Under proposals made by the Zhongguancun park located in Beijing, former Chinese citizens will receive an “overseas Chinese card”; foreigners will get temporary identification papers; and young foreigners will enjoy internship opportunities.
Kenyans Living in the Shadow of Shattered Chinese Dream (Daily Nation, Dec. 6): Kenya’s ambassador to Beijing is aware of a human trafficking racket where con men offer Kenyans non-existent jobs in China as English language teachers. Upon entering with a business visitor visa, the typical “teacher” learns that work is not authorized with that visa. Further, they learn that English work authorization is only available to persons from “native English-speaking countries.” While Kenya’s official languages are English and Swahili, South Africa is the only African country China classifies as a “native English-speaking country.” Many end up in illegal jobs at rural outposts, earning a fraction of what they had been promised. Continue reading “Quick Takes on U.S. and China Visa Law News (2013-2015)”
In a bid to attract international talent, China is considering lowering the requirements for foreign nationals to qualify for permanent resident status. That’s what Xinhua, China’s official news agency, is reporting based on information from the Communist Party’s Organization Department. Continue reading “CCP Considers Easing Green Card Requirements”
Below is an English translation of the Beijing Exit-Entry Bureau’s rules to apply for permanent residence (i.e., a green card) on the basis of marriage to a Chinese citizen or permanent resident. Continue reading “Translation: Applying for Permanent Residence on the Basis of Marriage (Beijing Rules)”