MOI to offer rewards for tip-offs on visa-overstayers

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TAIPEI (CNA) — The government will soon offer rewards of up to NT$ 20,000 (US$ 663) for information leading to the arrest of foreign nationals who have overstayed their visas, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) announced Thursday.

The MOI said the new rewards soon to be officially rolled out will include NT$2,000 for information that leads to the arrest of one overstayer; NT$5,000 if it leads to the arrest of 4-6 overstayers.

The reward rises to NT$10,000 for the arrest of 7-9 and is NT$20,000 for 10 or more foreign nationals who have overstayed their visas, the MOI added.

However, employers or employment agency workers who work with overstaying foreign nationals will not be eligible for the rewards, the MOI said.

Meanwhile, the ministry will also offer a NT$1,000 reward for information on cross-border marriage matchmaking ads posted by illegal brokers.

Only 32 government-approved associations in Taiwan are permitted to provide such services in the country, according to the ministry.

The MOI’s announcement was made with a three-month amnesty program for foreign nationals who have overstayed their visas set to expire at the end of this month.

The program allows them to pay smaller fines if they report to the immigration authorities during the grace period.

It was not immediately clear how the MOI’s new fines will operate in relation to rewards already offered by the Ministry of Labor for information on unaccounted for laborers who also invariably overstay their visas.