A foreigner who stayed in China
illegally for 33 days was fined 10,000 yuan ($1,632) in Shanghai on Tuesday. It
was the first fine for that amount since the new exit-and-entry regulation for
foreigners was issued, according to immigration inspection officials at Shanghai
Foreigners staying in the country
illegally will be given a warning before receiving fines, however fines in
severe cases may be as high as 10,000 yuan and individuals could face detention
between 5 to 15 days, according to the new law which took effect on Sept.
The upper limit of the penalty has been
raised to 10,000 yuan from 5,000 yuan.
The penalized foreigner was introduced to
the new regulation by police officers and showed no resistance.
Officers at Shanghai Airport reminded
foreigners in China to pay attention to the period of time permitted by their
visas or residence certificates.