NIA’s new app is set to speed up checks on for­eign res­i­dents’ sta­tus

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Na­tional Immigration Agency (NIA) launched an app on Sun­day that en­ables or­ga­ni­za­tions to quickly check if a res­i­dent cer­tifi­cate pre­sented by a for­eign na­tional when ap­ply­ing for a job or open­ing a bank ac­count is valid.

In the past, em­ploy­ers had to ver­ify the res­i­dency sta­tus of a po­ten­tial for­eign em­ployee with the NIA be­fore it could pro­ceed with the hir­ing process, but that can now be done through an app on the phone, the NIA said.

The app will also speed up the process for for­eign res­i­dents who want to open bank ac­counts or han­dle other mat­ters re­quir­ing them to present their res­i­dent cer­tifi­cate, it said.

Af­ter down­load­ing the app on ei­ther an An­droid or iOS plat­form, the user can scan the bar code on the for­eign na­tional's res­i­dent cer­tifi­cate and en­ter its se­rial num­ber and other in­for­ma­tion to im­me­di­ately con­firm the cer­tifi­cate's va­lid­ity, the NIA said.

The app also al­lows users to check the photo of a for­eign res­i­dent shown on his or her res­i­dent cer­tifi­cate.

The cer­tifi­cates are is­sued to for­eign na­tion­als as well as Tai­wan na­tion­als who are res­i­dents of the coun­try but do not pos­sess a Tai­wan na­tional ID card.

As of April this year, there were more than 620,000 for­eign na­tion­als liv­ing in Tai­wan who held res­i­dent cer­tifi­cates.

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