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Holders of fake visas risk fines, deportation

EXPATRIATES who hold fake visas will be deported, Shanghai Exit-Entry Administration Bureau officials warned yesterday.

Shanghai police officers have caught more than 300 foreigners holding counterfeit visas between January and September this year, 150 percent more than in the same period last year.

"The increase has been partly caused by the financial crisis," said an exit-entry bureau official. Many foreigners who had lost their jobs in China bought counterfeit visas from illegal agents, he said.

The bureau highlighted the case of one woman who came to China three years ago for a job with a multinational.

Her company closed in the financial crisis and she found her visa would soon expire. Not willing to leave China, she found an illegal agent through a flyer and bought a fake long-term visa for about 1,000 yuan (US$146), the official said.

However, she was caught by police in an investigation and was ordered to serve 15 days' detention.

She was deported after serving her sentence and blacklisted from China.

Officials warned foreigners that they also face a 5,000 yuan fine, detention and deportation if their visa was fake.

"Companies have to notify us of any changes to the status of their foreign employees," the official said.


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