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Visa Update July 1, 2013 Foreign Nationals     [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2013-7-13 07:08:01 |Display all floors
Two major changes in the Visa Entry and Exit Laws took effect july 1, 2013.

The new law requires registration within 24 hours of arrival.

The penalty has been increased from 500 rmb on the first offense to a whooping 2-10,000 rmb.
Who decides the fine amount is unclear. It is assumed the local authorities will have control over that decision since they retain a major portion of the fine.

It is unclear how this effects visa and registration renewal.

There will be no negotiating the imposed fine. Without a documented registration and/or work permit, any illegal alien is subject to immediate deportation without the possibility of legal entry in the future. Any fine imposed by the authorities must be paid before exiting the country.

A citizen who knowingly aids, abetes or assists in any form, an illegal alien to find employment or shelter will be fined, jailed or both.

Persons harboring or hiding foreigners who illegally enter or reside in China, or assisting such foreigners in evading inspection, or providing, in violation of the law, exit/entry documents for foreigners who illegally reside in China shall be fined not less than RMB 2,000 but not more than RMB 10,000; where circumstances are serious, such persons shall be detained for not less than five days but not more than fifteen days and shall also be fined not less than RMB 5,000 but not more than RMB 20,000, with the illegal gains confiscated if there are any.
Entities engaging in any of the acts prescribed in the preceding paragraph shall be fined not less than RMB 10,000 but not more than RMB 50,000, with the illegal gains confiscated if there are any; and the persons in charge of the entities who are directly responsible and other persons directly responsible shall be punished in accordance with the provisions in the preceding paragraph.





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Post time 2013-7-13 10:29:01 |Display all floors
This is not a new regulation.
Foreigners with any Visa were always required to register with local police within 24 hours.
The exception is if checking into a 3 star + hotel, they register you online automatically.
I'm just here for the money

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Post time 2013-7-16 07:32:51 |Display all floors
jay_dee Post time: 2013-7-13 10:29
This is not a new regulation.
Foreigners with any Visa were always required to register with local p ...

Yes you are correct--the requirement was to ensure all parties arrived safely at intended their destination.
If however, a J1 visa issued to a tourist with family ties or friendship the 24 hour limit was extended to 7 days.
Not the current 24 hour rule.
The NEW 24 hour rule is directed to ALL visa holders (excluding businesses [i.e. hotels e.t.c] who have been approved to accept foreigners) which  will report the location of the J1 visa holder.

THIS MEANS--unless you use hotel accommodations which have been approved by the government--EVERY J1 visa holder has 24 hours to check in with the local authorities and confirm their local address.

If the 24 hour Rule was already a law------why make another law to say the same thing? The Chinese government does not make conflicting laws.
So to answer you point---there was not a previous law which required a 24 hour "check in" for J1 visa holders who do not use authorized business arrangements.

It was a gracious 7 day for those who use private accommodations during their stay in China.

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Post time 2013-7-16 07:51:05 |Display all floors
The J1/J2 Visa was for journalists and needed special approval,
it is not to visit family/friends like an L Visa.
The 7 days free was allowed because of the extra security and invitation requirements.
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Post time 2013-7-16 09:17:04 |Display all floors
This post was edited by WhiteBear at 2013-7-17 13:43

I think that there are far more changes than changing the "24h rule" and the fines related to entry/exit rules violations...

J-visa is not, and never was, issued to a tourists.
J2 is for a short-time visit of the correspondants and related personnel
J1 is for a resident ones

registration (after entry) was always required

if You didn't register - You can't deal with the government and the police - first thing They ask is the "temporary registration form" that You should always have with Your passport if You don't have the residence permit, if You don't have it - You are fined OR ... asked to make it immediatelly and then come back to proceed with whatever You want

the requirement was to ensure all parties arrived safely at intended their destination

- registration is required because of the public safety reasons, not the personal safety :)

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btw. let's see some complete information...:

"From 1st July 2013, the new Chinese immigration laws take effect. According to that, it will have a lot of changes for the China visa application/extension rules. We will keep updating our website focus on those changes if we get more information, feel free to refer to your friend if it helpful. Following are some changes (for Chinese visa extension in shanghai) we just get confirmed:

For L or F visa extension, before it takes 5 working days, now it takes 7 working days.
For Residence permit application, before it takes 5 working days, now it takes 15 working days
Online application in shanghai was suspended, all the application must go through the immigration officer in person.
The immigration office request you to process your visa at least 1 week before it expires, earlier is better. Don't wait until the last 1-2 days.
Tourist L visa can only be extended 1 time, maximum 30 days. (before was twice 30 days)
If you register too late (over 24 hrs) in the police station to get the registration form of temporary residence, they can charge you maximum 2,000RMB for the penalty (before was 500RMB)
If you over stay your visa, they can charge you 500RMB/day maximum up to 10,000RMB (before was maximum up to 5,000RMB)
New! Business F visa extension: Only the company who invite you to Shanghai (which sent you the official invitation letter for you to apply F visa in the Chinese Embassy in your country) can support you to get extension in Shanghai.
New! If your wife/husband is Taiwanese or HKese, before you can get 1 year family residence permit, but now only can apply 3 month visit family L visa."

http://www.visainchina.com/visa2.htm

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Post time 2013-7-16 13:21:14 |Display all floors
Yup, they are making Visas easier and more friendly for foreigners to visit and to do biz here.
I'm just here for the money

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Post time 2013-7-17 18:04:59 |Display all floors
Great answers....

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