Taiwan to start 5-month amnesty program for overstaying foreigners
Marje Pelayo • January 8, 2019 • 3587
TAIPEI, Taiwan – Overstaying foreign nationals will soon have the chance to rectify their status in the country.
Taiwan’s National Immigration Agency (NIA) said the government is working on starting a five-month amnesty program for overstaying foreign nationals.
This will allow them to pay smaller fines once they report to immigration authorities on a given period.
The NIA said the number of overstaying foreigners has increased to 88,000 as of October 2018.
To address this problem, the government will introduce a five-year amnesty program which will start from February to June.
Within the said period, overstays will be subject to a reduced fine and shortened re-entry ban without mandatory detention.
Meanwhile, the maximum penalty will be NT$2,000 (P3,400) and a re-entry ban compared with detention.
Those who do not voluntarily contact immigration authorities will face a maximum fine of NT$10,000 (P17,000) and an entry ban of eight years.
According to the NIA, the largest number of overstaying foreign nationals are mostly composed of migrant workers, and their total has reached 51, 982 as of November 2018.
Of the said number, a total of 24, 267 are Vietnamese and 24, 176 are Indonesians.
Likewise, the NIA calls on overstaying foreigners to report to authorities all brokers and employers in Taiwan who hire illegal workers so that the government can take legal actions against them.
Overstaying foreign nationals and those who want to report brokers and employers hiring illegal workers may call the agency’s toll-free hotline 0800-024-881. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Amiel Pascual)
TAIPEI, Taiwan — The country’s foreign ministry has rejected calls for the deportation of a Filipina caregiver accused of cyber-libel by a Philippine labor official in Taiwan for “willful posting of nasty and malevolent materials against President Duterte.”
In a news conference on Tuesday (April 28), Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokeswoman Joanne Ou noted that as a democratic country, Taiwan gives the same treatment to all foreign workers as its own citizens and that “their rights are protected, including freedom of speech.”
Labor Attaché Fidel Macauyag of the Philippines Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Taichung, Taiwan brought up the issue on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) website on Saturday (April 25).
In a press statement, Macauyag said the Filipina worker’s action “intended to cause hatred amidst the current global health crisis caused by coronavirus disease (COVID-19).”
The Pinay caregiver, identified as Elanei Egot Ordidor, is employed in Yunlin County in Taiwan.
The official alleged that Ordidor was using multiple social media accounts and joined groups “organized to discredit and malign the President and destabilize the government.”
He said his staff went to warn the OFW of the consequences of her posts on April 20 to which she conceded and assured to delete them and post a public apology to the President and the Philippines government.
His office also has coordinated with the worker’s broker and employer on her deportation on her supposed violation of the Philippines’ Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
In an interview with Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA), Philippine representative and chair of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) in Taipei, Angelito Banayo said there was no instruction coming from the Philippines regarding the matter.
He also noted that the order for deportation is a sovereign right of Taiwan being the host government.
“So the question of deportation is something that only the Taiwanese government can decide upon,” he said.
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