Every so often, and for various reasons, the Chinese government mounts a crackdown on foreigners in China without the proper visa. The last really really big such crackdown was right before the Olympics. Things had been pretty quiet since then, with just a few minor crackdowns which were mostly confined to one or two cities.
I sense we are in for another crackdown and I think one only needs to read or watch the news to be able to guess why this one is happening. I sense it because in the last two weeks I have gotten desperate calls from two people with illegal businesses in China who have been denied entry into China and I had not received one of those calls for what seems like a year.
One of those people had a visa and was denied entry and given the explanation that he had come “too many times too quickly.” The other was simply denied a visa, after having received visas for nearly ten years. I always feel bad telling these people there is nothing my firm can do to assist them, beyond maybe forming a WFOE or a Rep Office that will then hire them as an employee and allow them to get a Z visa. But since they want to get into China now, this idea never gets much traction.
The New York Times, in a very short piece, China:Crackdown on Foreigners, reports this going on in Guangdong:
Guangdong Province in southern China is tightening rules on foreigners living and working in the province as part of what it calls a clampdown on “illegal immigration,” according to the official China Daily. A new regulation that takes effect on May 1 asks people to report “malpractice” involving foreigners, including overstaying visas, illegal entry and working without permits.
What are you seeing/hearing out there?