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Mom fined for letting kids overstay for 3 years

A CHINESE woman has been fined 1,000 yuan (US$163) for allowing her two children, who were born in Japan, to overstay in China for three years, the Pudong Entry-Exit Frontier Inspection Station said yesterday.

The youngsters had been living with their grandparents in Shanghai as their mother, surnamed Han, was unable to care for them due to work pressures in Japan. But when Han tried to take the children back to Japan so they could go to school, officials at the inspection station told her they had overstayed.

Under the law, guardians must apply for residence permits for foreign children aged under 16 to live in China. Those that fail to do so face a fine of up to 1,000 yuan and are given a warning.

Officials at the station said it was the longest overstay case they had ever encountered.

They added that since July 1 last year, when the new exit and entry administration law came into effect, they have handled more than 270 cases of people residing in the country illegally.


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