48 Filipinos expelled from China in 2013

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Friday, April 11, 2014

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday reminded Filipinos in China to observe the immigration laws there to prevent prosecution and expulsion.

The DFA issued the reminder after 48 Filipinos were among the 200 foreigners who were expelled from China in 2013.

"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," the department said.

Some were arrested for illegally entering China then using it as jumping-off point for travel to other countries, it added.

The Philippine Embassy in Beijing has initiated an information campaign aims to increase the Filipinos’ awareness of Chinese immigration policies, particularly rules for foreigners entering the country on a visitor or tourist visa.

The Embassy said 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.

Filipinos should not be involved in any unlawful activities or criminal acts, such as illegal drugs trade and prostitution; and 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, the Embassy added. (SDR/Sunnex)

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