US senator urges speedy visa-waiver deal passage


WASHINGTON–U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman has asked the Obama administration to speed up the process of granting visa-waiver treatment for Taiwan passport holders, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in Washington said Wednesday. Lieberman, chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, sent a letter in late October to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano asking the administration to announce Taiwan as a candidate for the U.S. visa-waiver program (VWP) as soon as possible, the Taiwanese office stated.

In the letter, Lieberman said that Taiwan had adopted various measures, including improving travel document security, to meet the requirements for obtaining visa-waiver status. He said Taiwan had also made headway in cooperating with relevant U.S. agencies over terrorism prevention methods.

He added that Taiwan’s inclusion in the VWP would facilitate the expansion of bilateral engagement and trade.