A Southeast Asian woman named Ali was caught working illegally as a nanny on a student visa and was detained by Beijing police. She was caught at immigration while trying to catch a flight from Beijing Capital Airport yesterday.
Ali has been detained for 15 days in Beijing for overstaying her tourist visa for more than 600 days. She is the first foreigner to be put in administrative detention for overstaying a visa since July 1, 2013 and was given the maximum punishment.
Yesterday afternoon, a woman in a white coat pulling a suitcase approached an immigration officer at Capital Airport T3, boarding pass and passport in hand. The officer commented later that she had looked nervous when she walked up to the counter. The officer realized that the woman’s visa had expired on March 15, 2014.
Ali, 35, had studied English in university in Southeast Asia, but had not graduated. In August 2013, Ali had paid 4,000 Yuan to an agency to secure a position as a nanny in Beijing. She entered the country on October 8, 2013.
Ali had received a five month student visa on arrival, valid until March 15, 2014. She did not apply for an extension when her visa expired.
As of July 1, 2013, foreigners who overstay their visa are just given a warning if it is their first infraction and they did not overstay very long or work illegally. If the situation is more serious, a fine from 500-10,000 Yuan can be imposed, and they can be given five to 15 days of administrative detention. Ali was given the maximum 15 day detention, and will be banned from entering China for five years.
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