China's new exit-entry law targets illegal foreigners

Following a report from the Deputy Minister of Public Security, Yang Huanning to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee on April 25, China’s top legislature, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress passed a new Exit-Entry Administration Law on 30 June, 2012, representing the first overhaul of China’s immigration law since 1986.

Xinhua News Agency reports that the overriding policy behind the law is to impose harsher punishments on foreigners who illegally enter, live, or work in China. However the new law goes further and enacts wide-ranging changes to the two already existing laws governing foreigners’ visa, residence and rights in China (the PRC Law on the Control of the Exit and Entry of PRC Nationals and the PRC Law on the Control of the Entry and Exit of Aliens), and introduces several new features.

The new Exit-Entry Administration Law will take effect on 1 July 2013, and the two previous laws will be abolished concurrently…

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