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China drafts law to curb illegal entry, employment of foreigners

(Xinhua)

08:31, December 27, 2011

BEIJING, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- China aims to curb illegal entry, stay and employment of foreigners, which has developed into a "prominent problem" in the world's second largest economy.

The State Council, or the Cabinet, submitted Monday a draft law on exit and entry administration to the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, the top legislature of the country, for its first reading.

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.

"We shall put forth efforts on regularizing foreigners who are working in China, do better in visa issuing, and strengthen residential management of foreigners," said Yang Huanning, deputy minister of Public Security.

As a populous country, China would like to introduce more high-end professionals and limit the inflow of low-end workers, Yang said.

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