Visa-waivers result of NIA’s success against illegal immigration

The China Post news staff

With the recent successes of visa-free travel for Taiwan citizens to countries in the European Union (EU) and Canada, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) yesterday said the passing of such proposals was largely due to Taiwan’s effective fight against illegal immigration with the development of anti-fraud technology to crackdown on fake visas. NIA Director-General Hsieh Li-kung said illegal immigration is a global problem that requires the cooperation of governments worldwide. Since its inception in January 2007, the NIA has been helping the Taiwan government secure visa-waivers through cooperation with international counterparts by attending conferences, forming a visa fraud prevention group, while tightening control procedures with tourism.

The NIA also communicated and worked with immigration entities and border guards in over 27 countries to trail international human smuggling networks and crackdown on illegal cross-border activities, including immigration, fraudulent passports and visas and human trafficking. A prime example is the cooperation between the NIA, the United States Bureau of Diplomatic Security and the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) in the crackdown of a human trafficking organization forcing 20 Taiwanese women into prostitution in the U.S. in June 2007, as well as the June 2009 human smuggling case of 40 mainland Chinese citizens attempting to illegally enter the U.S. To continue to boost its efforts in border control and security, the NIA has purchased several technological systems to aid in visitor identification at airports and ports. The agency recently purchased the EDISON TD, a database system of travel documents, from Ireland’s government to continue in its fight against illegal immigration.