Legal Stay in China
Foreigners living in
China themselves or their hosts shall register the accommodation address at the
local police station within 24 hours after moving into a new place and receive
the Registration Form of Temporary Residence for Visitors. They shall keep
their passports and the Registration Form of Temporary Residence for Visitors
in a safe place.
Every foreigner who stays in China must have a valid passport and
visa/residence permit. Staying with an expired or fake passport and
visa/residence permit is illegal. One may receive a warning penalty, a fine,
detention or even repatriation per the seriousness of the infringement.
Therefore, please pay attention to the validity of your passport and visa/residence
The international students pay for the fees of their visa
application and residence permits.
Penalty of Violation
According to the Exit and Entry Administration Law of the People's
Republic of China, penalties shall be given under the following circumstances:
Foreigners who reside in China illegally shall be given a warning;
where circumstances are serious, they shall be imposed with a fine of RMB 500
yuan per day, with a cap of RMB 10,000 yuan in total, or be detained for not less
than five days but not more than 15 days.
Under any of the following circumstances, a warning shall be given,
and a fine of not more than RMB 2,000 yuan may also be imposed:
(1) Foreigners refuse to accept examination of their exit/entry
documents by public security organs;
(2) Foreigners refuse to submit their residence permits for
(3) Foreigners fail to go through the formalities for altering
registration in accordance with the relevant regulations when there is any
change in the registered items in their residence permits;
(4) Foreigners in China use others’exit/entry documents; or
(5) Foreigners fail to register at the local police station.
Where foreigners engage in activities not corresponding to the
purposes of stay or residence, or otherwise violate the laws or regulations of
China, which makes them no longer eligible to stay or reside in China, they may
be ordered to exit China within a time limit. The Ministry of Public Security
may repatriate or deport them, where circumstances are serious. Repatriated
persons shall not be allowed to enter China for one to five years, calculating
from the date of repatriation. Deported foreigners shall not be allowed to
enter China within 10 years calculating from the date of deportation.