Your Chinese Visa Is about to Expire, Check It!

Your Chinese Visa Is about to Expire, Check It!

 Mr. Felix met his Chinese wife during his business trip to China. When he was trying to change his Chinese visa from M visa into Q visa after his marriage, unexpectedly, things happened not as easy as he thought.

He was accused of overstaying for 2 days and was asked for a penalty of 1000 RMB. And he had to stay in a small black room to be investigated for more than 2 hours!

What happened to Mr. Felix?

He wrongly calculated the leaving date of his M visa! Though he was going to change it into Q visa, there is no grace in front of laws.

Visa expiry date is very important for all expats, which would bring you trouble if you don’t pay enough attention.

Remember the date you entering China is also included in your duration, Mr.Felix unintentionally stayed 2 more days in China — illegal.

work visa in China, illegal stay in China,

work visa in China, illegal stay in China,

The Consequences of Illegal Stay Is Serious, No Grace Period!

1. Foreigners overstaying the visa or residence permit for a short period will be given a warning and be required to pay a fine. Usually, the penalty is 500RMB per day not to exceed 10,000RMB.

2. If one overstays the visa for a significant period, usually over one month, he might be put into a detention camp for 5 to 15 days and repatriated to his home country.

It’s possible he will be blacklisted, which will affect his re-entry to China, and he may be prohibited from entering the country for ten years. In addition to this, it might also influence one’s visa application for other countries.

How Do I Prevent Unintentional Overstaying in China?

In order to prevent unintentional overstaying, you should remember your date of entering the country and length of your visa. Moreover, you should learn how to calculate the stay length. Sometimes heavy rain, earthquake or traffic jams cause delays in moving from one place to another, so  It is advisable to leave the country before the exact date to avoid any unexpected events.

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