Palace tells Pinoys: Obey China immigration law

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 18 2013 03:30 PM | Updated as of Jan 18 2013 11:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Palace reminded traveling Filipinos to follow immigration rules of other countries in light of a new immigration law in China that will take effect in July which imposes higher penalties for violators.

 "As we have always reminded our countrymen to be very mindful of the immigration laws of any country that they go to especially for work and even for a vacation. We urge everybody to strictly adhere to the immigration laws of other countries so as to minimize any delay as they enter that particular country," Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has issued a statement about China's new immigration law, which aims to address the "three illegals"- illegal entry, illegal residence and illegal employment. Stiffer penalties are outlined for these violations.

Under the new law, foreigners found illegally working in China may be subjected to a fine ranging from RMB5,000 to RMB20,000. Possible detention of five to fifteen days may also be imposed for serious violations. Income acquired from illegal employment will also be confiscated.

Illegal residents will be fined from RMB500 per day up to a maximum amount of RMB10,000, or imprisonment of five to fifteen days.

The law states employers who hire foreigners without the proper permits and documentations will also be penalized.

The new 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.”