June 30, the People’s Republic of China on Exit and Entry Management Law ” discussed previously was considered and adopted by the twenty-seventh session of the Eleventh National People’s Congress Standing Committee. From July 1st onwards, all previous related laws, such as the “Exit and Entry Management Law” will be revoked.
Some new details include:
Some highlights (a rough translation):
According to the new Law, the common visa category will be issued by the State Council. Foreigners working in China must obtain a work permit and residence certificate. No company or individual shall employ a foreigner who does not carry a work permit and residence certificate, (AKA. undocumented aliens). Foreigners working in the territory of the People’s Republic of China are under the jurisdiction of the State Council.
According to the new law, foreigners in China who wish to obtain permanent residency must adhere to the following provisions: made outstanding contributions to China’s economic and social development, and must apply for permanent residency in person at the Ministry of Public Security, which has the authority to approve or refuse permanent residency.
Law abidance: to safeguard national security and the safety needs of the public security organs, national security authorities can restrict foreigners and foreign institutions to reside in or establish themselves in some residential or commercial areas; foreigners that already been set up already will be evicted according to a set date. Unauthorized foreigners are not allowed to enter the area of restrictions. Companies employing foreigners to work or enrolling foreign students shall be reported to the local public security organs in accordance with the provisions of the relevant clauses.
Under the Act, foreigners who engage in activities inconsistent with their purpose of residence, or other violation of Chinese laws and regulations, will be deemed unfit to continue to remain in China, and may be ordered to leave. Foreigners in violation of the provisions of this Law, if the circumstances are serious but do not constitute crimes, may be deported by the Ministry of Public Security. Any decision made by the Ministry of Public Security is final. Deported foreigners shall not be permitted to enter within ten years after the date of deportation.
For more information (in Chinese): http://news.sohu.com/20120630/n346951273.shtml