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