Tai­wan con­tin­ues in US Visa Waiver Pro­gram: AIT

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The United States has re­cently af­firmed the re­newal of Tai­wan’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the U.S. visa waiver pro­gram, al­low­ing Tai­wanese pass­port hold­ers to con­tinue to en­joy the priv­i­lege.

In a state­ment re­leased Wed­nes­day, the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs said it wel­comes a let­ter from the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute in Tai­wan (AIT) that af­firms the re­newal of Tai­wan’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the pro­gram.

The no­ti­fi­ca­tion came af­ter the U.S. sent in­spec­tors last year to ex­am­ine whether Tai­wan is in com­pli­ance with se­cu­rity and in­for­ma­tion-shar­ing re­quire­ments, the min­istry said.

The AIT, which rep­re­sents U.S. in­ter­ests in Tai­wan in the ab­sence of bi­lat­eral diplo­matic ties, said Tues­day that the re­newal process will take place ev­ery two years.

The re­newal “un­der­scores the fact that Tai­wan con­tin­ues to com­ply with key se­cu­rity and in­for­ma­tion-shar­ing re­quire­ments, and that the part­ner­ship be­tween the United States and Tai­wan re­mains strong,” the AIT said in a post on its Face­book page.

Along with the post was a photo of AIT’s new di­rec­tor, Kin Moy, pass­ing a let­ter to Taipei Eco­nomic and Cul­tural Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Of­fice (TECRO) Chair­woman Katharine Chang Mon­day that af­firms the re­newal of Tai­wan’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the pro­gram.

Tai­wan is one of 38 mem­bers of the U.S.’ Visa Waiver Pro­gram, which al­lows trav­el­ers with Tai­wanese pass­ports to travel to the U.S. for leisure or busi­ness trips last­ing 90 days or less, the AIT said.

Tai­wan was ad­mit­ted to the U.S. visa waiver pro­gram in Novem­ber 2012. Since then, the num­ber of trav­el­ers from Tai­wan to the U.S., and visi­tors from the U.S. to Tai­wan, has in­creased, bring­ing eco­nomic and other ben­e­fits to both sides, the AIT said.

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