New Laws to Tackle Foreign Worker Issues in the Country
Top legislatures are planning to draft a law aimed at tracking down foreigners that are working, entering or staying illegally in the country. The legislators are also discussing implementation of fines and deportation for foreigners staying in the country illegally.
A law is also being drafted that will offer residency to qualified foreigners and information on how they can secure permanent residency legally. Furthermore, to settle all arguments on the issue of illegal aliens, the national People’s Congress Standing Committee is also planning to create a law that will allow local law enforcement agencies to detain suspects and check their cases.
The decision to draft this type of law was the result of cases wherein foreign suspects that are caught usually hold fake documents and refuse to give any more information. The only set back is that this type of investigation takes time; but the drafted law gives the police the power to repatriate repeat offenders.
Foreigners that are caught working illegally will be fined between 5,000 to 20,000 yuan and will be detained up to 15 days depending on the type of violation. Those who provide job placement services to foreigners or those employing them will also be fined by the law. Foreigners that are deported will be banned from entering the country for five years.
Foreigners that make significant contributions to the economy and the social development of the country will have the chance to get permanent residency. This draft law is a sign that the country is working to improve its immigration management. The draft law will show foreigners the right way to work and earn a living in China.
The drafted law is also a way to attract foreign talent into working in the country and improve relationship between China and other countries as well.