According to the Shanghai Eye, China is moving towards the creation of a state immigration administration that falls under the Ministry of Public Security. The state would then be responsible for coordinating and formulating immigration policies and their implementation. They would also manage border control and manage each foreigner's stay in China. They would take the lead on dealing with those foreigners that enter illegally or that stay and work in China beyond the approved stay, as well as handling the repatriation of illegal immigrants.
According to Fragomen, the new agency would be:
- Coordinate immigration functions that previously existed among various government agencies
- Formulate and implement immigration policies
- Conduct border control activities
- Regulate foreign nationals’ entry and stay in China
- Monitor, oversee and repatriate foreign nationals who illegally stay or who are illegally employed in China
- Controlle the exit and entry of Chinese nationals leaving China
- Engage in international immigration agreements
This follows after another recent change back in January 2018, where China announced easier visa permits for foreign professionals and high-skilled workers as part of its effort to bridge the talent gap.
For background information, check out our China Mobility: Immigration Fundamentals white paper.
China plans to set up a state immigration administration under the Ministry of Public Security, according to a document on an institutional reform plan of the State Council submitted Tuesday to the national legislative session for deliberations. With the improvement of composite national strength, the number of foreigners working and living in China has been on the rise, raising new requirements on immigration administration and services, the document reads. The proposed administration will be responsible for coordinating and formulating immigration policies and their implementation, border control, managing foreigners’ stay. It will also take the lead in coordinating measures to deal with foreigners who illegally enter, stay or work in China, and the repatriation of illegal immigrants.