China’s State Council submitted a draft law to the National People’s Congress on Monday that aims to restrict the illegal entry and employment of foreigners, according to Xinhua News:
The existing law on exit and entry administration, established 26 years ago when China was far from “the world workshop,” barely mentioned illegal employment of foreigners in China.
A foreigner shall get work permits and residence certificates for employment before getting employed, according to the draft law.
Foreigners who work illegally in China will be fined between 5,000 yuan (792 U.S. dollars) and 20,000 yuan, and may be detained 5-15 days for serious violations.
Those who illegally provide job placement services for foreigners or illegally employ foreigners would be also fined.
The proposed law, which seeks to limit the inflow of low-end workers and help introduce more high-end professionals to China’s foreign work force, will pave the way for a more comprehensive identity system and a stronger framework of visa management, according to China Daily.