Filipinos In China Urged To Comply With Visa Conditions

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The Philippine Embassy in Beijing has reminded all Filipinos in China to comply with the conditions and restrictions of their visas to avoid arrest, prosecution, detention, deportation and blacklisting in the host country.

In a statement, the embassy noted that about 200 foreigners were expelled from China in 2013. Out of this number, 48 or 24% were Filipinos.

The Filipinos were apprehended and detained for holding spurious Chinese

visas or forged passports, working without proper employment visas and

permits, assuming false identity, and overstaying in the country.

Some were arrested for illegally entering China then using it as jumping-off

point for travel to other countries.

The embassy’s information campaign sought to increase the Filipinos’ awareness of Chinese immigration policies, particularly rules for foreigners entering the country on a visitor or tourist visa.

The salient points of the campaignfollow:

1. Filipinos should respect the laws of China and observe the

restrictions of their visas. If their visa is for tourism purposes

only, they should not engage in any employment without proper visa

or permit, whether they are compensated or not.

2. They should not be involved in any unlawful activities or criminal

acts, such as illegal drugs trade and prostitution.

3. They should return to the Philippines on or before the expiry of

their authorized period of stay in China to avoid violating

immigration and labor regulations of that country.

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