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Chinese mom fined 1,000 yuan for Japan-born kids’ 3-year overstay

A CHINESE mother was fined 1,000 yuan (US$163) at Shanghai Pudong International Airport because her two children, who were born in Japan, had overstayed their visa by three years after she failed to apply for Chinese passports or residence permits for them, the Pudong Entry-Exit Frontier Inspection Station said yesterday.

The children, whose 15-day visas were expired by 1,000 days, constituted the longest overstay case handled by the station.

The mother, surnamed Han, and her children left for Japan after she paid the fine.

Han had worked in Japan for a long time and gave birth to her two children there. She took the children to their grandparents' home in China since she was having trouble raising them because of the heavy demands of her work.

Han was able to sign up her children to study in Japan after three years, but as they were leaving, she was told about the expired visas by officers at the inspection station. She had failed to make arrangements for them to legally live in China.

Under Chinese law, guardians who fail to perform their obligations, resulting in the illegal residence of foreigners below 16 in China, shall be given a warning and may also be fined not more than 1,000 yuan.

The station said they handled over 270 such illegal residence cases since July 1, when a new exit and entry administration law was put into effect.


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