More gov’t agen­cies join NIA’s mo­bile unit ser­vice

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Per­son­nel from 12 gov­ern­ment agen­cies got on­board the Na­tional Immigration Agency’s (NIA) mo­bile unit on Thurs­day, when it trav­eled to the south­ern­most county of Ping­tung in an ex­pan­sion of ser­vice to new im­mi­grants in re­mote ar­eas.

NIA Deputy Di­rec­tor Ho Jungchun, who was on-site to check on the ef­fi­ciency of the ser­vice, said the NIA mo­bile unit will visit Ping­tung ev­ery three months to process new im­mi­grants’ ap­pli­ca­tions for res­i­dent visa ex­ten­sions and to pro­vide con­sul­ta­tions.

Since the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs joined the gov­ern­ment mo­bile ser­vice last Oc­to­ber, it has also been serv­ing Tai­wan cit­i­zens who can now sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions for bio­met­ric pass­ports to the mo­bile unit and ob­tain the doc­u­ments on the spot the same day, Ho said.

He said the gov­ern­ment mo­bile ser­vice team will now be able to an­swer ques­tions on top­ics rang­ing from health in­sur­ance, so­cial ed­u­ca­tion, and em­ploy­ment to so­cial wel­fare, since the Ping­tung County gov­ern­ment, le­gal con­sul­tants, and the min­istries of For­eign Af­fairs, Health and Wel­fare, Trans­porta­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, and La­bor have joined the ser­vice.

On Thurs­day, the mo­bile team pro­cessed visa ex­ten­sion ap­pli­ca­tions and pro­vided con­sul­ta­tions for 52 new im­mi­grants, and re­ceived pass­port ap­pli­ca­tions from 50 Tai­wan cit­i­zens.

Gov­ern­ment sta­tis­tics in­di­cate that cur­rently there are some 500,000 new im­mi­grants in Tai­wan, 67.6 per­cent of whom are spouses from the Chi­nese main­land, Hong Kong and Ma­cao, 28 per­cent from South­east Asian coun­tries, and 4.4 per­cent from other coun­tries.

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