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Woman deported for visa violations

A SOUTHEAST Asian woman has been deported for overstaying her visa and working illegally as a maid in the city, the Shanghai Exit-Entrance Administration Bureau said yesterday.

Before she was deported, the woman served a 10-day detention term for an illegal stay. Her employer, a local resident surnamed Jiang, was fined for hiring a foreign maid with no work visa.

The woman came to Shanghai in November 2009 and started working for Jiang. Since foreigners working in the domestic service industry like the Southeast Asian woman cannot apply for a work permit, her visa expired three months later, but she stayed in Shanghai and worked for Jiang until she was caught by police.

The woman was caught on January 31 this year when her visa had been out of date for almost a year.

The bureau reminded both locals and foreigners not to hire foreigners without work permits, as the employer face a fine of between 5,000 yuan (US$759) to 50,000 yuan and a foreign culprit will be -deported. If a foreigner who has no work permit overstays in the country, the employer will face serious punishment.

But Filipino maids, renowned for their nannying skills, are popular in the city, especially among expat families.

In 1996, China adopted rules prohibiting individual citizens from hiring foreigners. Since then, foreigners who are seeking employment with private persons or households have not been able to obtain work permits.

But maids may still be available via illicit agencies, which help them to look for employers, arrange interviews and renew their tourist visas. Almost all Filipino domestic helpers have tourist visas, allowing them to stay in the country for up to six months, but not to work.


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