MANILA, Philippines - China is set to enforce its new immigration law on July 1st to address the major problems concerning illegal entry, residence and employment of foreign workers.
The Philippine Consulate General in Guangzhou issued an advisory to inform Filipinos of the law.
"The new immigration law provides particular attention to the so-called 'three illegals' -- illegal entry, residence and employment. Each violation is penalized with different and more severe penalty," the consulate said in a statement.
Foreigners illegally working in China may be fined from RMB5,000 to RMB20,000 with possible detention of five to 15 days for serious violations. The income acquired from illegal employment will also be confiscated.
Illegal residents will be fined RMB500 per day up to a maximum amount of RMB10,000 or imprisonment of five to 15 days.
Employers who hire illegal foreign workers will also be penalized.
The law also provides fine and penalty of imprisonment to persons or organizations aiding foreigners in committing any activities defined under the so-called "three illegals".
The consulate also urged Filipinos affected by the changes in the immigration law to contact the Consulate for advice. Likewise, the consulate warned Filipinos about agents posing as processors of exit visas for overstaying foreigners.