Visa renewal can sometimes be a headache for foreign passport holders in China. If you have lived in the Middle Kingdom for a long time, then your stay has probably been broken up by various visa- runs to get new ones. In a Shenzhen visa run, Phoebe Storm recently managed to get a new multiple-entry F-visa in 24 hours. But wouldn’t it be great if visa runs did not have to be so frequent? This wish seems to be coming true.
New regulations to be implemented under The Exit and Entry Administration Law (《中华人民共和国出境入境管理法》) will take effect this July, which target management of visas for foreigners in China. The Economic Observer sums up:
“The new Exit and Entry Administration Law was adopted in order to curb the illegal entry, stay and employment of foreigners in China. During the three readings of the draft law, a vice minister of Public Security told delegates to the NPC’s Standing Committee that the number of foreigners employed in China rose from 74,000 in 2000 to 220,000 by the end of 2011. The official also said that in 2011, police investigated more than 20,000 incidents in which foreigners illegally entered, lived or worked in China.”
EEO lists the major changes:
You can read the draft regulations here in English. The State Council is calling for feedback from the public regarding these rules until June 3, through their website, email (email@example.com), or regular mail:
Mail Box 2067
With the phrase “Foreigners Entry and Exit Management Regulations Seeking Feedback” (外国人入境出境管理条例征求意见) included on the envelope.
Get all your Visa queries answered at the- New Visa Regulation Seminar- November 22nd, The Bridge Cafe (Wudaokou)
Image courtesy of Global Times.