#ExpatRights was recently contacted for our free Legal Help by an Expat in Trouble!
About a month ago I was added into a Wechat group called “Muslims in China”. On Thursday the police showed up at my work and took me in for questioning. I cooperated to the fullest extent and I am pretty sure they know I am innocent. They took all my electronics and my bank
statements to run further checks and that’s where my real problem stands.
I am not in the slightest worried about them finding any involvement from my behalf with any criminal religious organizations. I am 100% innocent and there is nothing to find.
However, since they now have access to my financial situation, would they be taking interest in the fact that I have money coming in from my part time jobs?
In case they want to claim that the excess amounts come from part times, what would be the best way to answer?
We reached out to Richard Cao, a lawyer in Nanjing who has graciously donated his time!
Dear Expat Rights:
Yes, it is possible the part time could be the real problem.
In order to work legally in China, there are basically two directions,
1. Getting corresponding visa from public security bureau of exit and entry administration;
2. Getting approval from the educational institution and applying to public security bureau of exit and entry administration when the person is staying in China for the purpose of study with corresponding visa issued.
In case of working in China illegally, depending on how severe the illegal acts is, the person may be issued:
1. Up to RMB 1000 fine and/or order to leave China with a time limit;
2. RMB 5000 to 20,000 fine and/or 5 to 15 days of detention and/or repatriation, repatriated persons shall not be allowed to enter China for one to five years, calculating from the date of repatriation.
With very limited information provided for the details of the case, we are unable to analyse in details with the possible outcomes. However we strongly recommend expats in China to follow the laws and regulations. It is a bad idea to give false information which can be an aggravating circumstance once the fact is investigated and discovered.
Richard (Chunwu) Cao Lawyer
“I have many clients who cannot speak Chinese complaining its difficult for them to find English speaking lawyer. they donot understand Chinese law and I believe thats where we can be helpful to them”
OUR ADVICE: LISTEN TO RICHARD! KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT! They’re probably only interested in ‘terrorist’ activities!