I love it when a nearly ready-made blog post shows up in my email.  I received such an email from someone I know in China regarding China’s new visa laws.

That email was sent to many but because I have not asked for his permission to use his name, I have modified the email and I am not going to mention the person who sent it.  That email makes for a great starting off point for those doing business or education in China concerned about what to do under China’s new visa rules.  More than anything, it contains great links for those of you who want to know more.

Here is my re-write of that email, changed to make it conform to blog style and to strip it of any identifiers and of potential controversy:

All of us studying or working in China or sending others there to do that,  need to stay up to date on the new PRC Visa Regulations effective September 1, which are still in the early implementation stage.

A useful FAQ and blog [link no longer exists] for this purpose is maintained by Gary Chodorow, an American lawyer in China who represents companies, investors, families, and others in US and China visa, immigration, and nationality matters.

Here is his latest update, which includes information from the Beijing Public Security Bureau October 16 briefing at the Beijing American Chamber of Commerce.

Penalties for visa and employment non-compliance have been significantly increased, and now include fines up to 100,000 Yuan, jail time, and deportation. “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.”

Last week Chodorow gave a lengthy interview to Abe Sorock, founder of ATLAS-China, on internships and student employment, Part 1 is here and Part 2 is here.

Here is the text of the visa notice from the PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs Notice issued on August 28, 2013.

What do you think?