China issues regulations on entry and exit controls for foreigners

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The long awaited implementing regulations to the Entry and Exit Control Law have been issued by the State Council. The regulations introduce new visa categories, memorialise practices to be implemented by the local authorities, and address employer obligations when hiring foreign workers.

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The Entry and Exit Control Law was passed last summer, one year ahead of its effective date of 1 July 2013. This piece of legislation was widely viewed as an overhaul of China’s immigration laws, with significant provisions governing the employment of foreign workers. Regulations implementing the Entry and Exit Control Law have been greatly anticipated, with a draft version released in May 2013 for public comment. The final regulations have now been passed and went into effect from 1 September 2013.

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