Expanded Overstayers Voluntary Departure Program expired, no coronavirus cases among overstayers
To avoid clusters of infection among foreign overstayers, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) has promoted the "Expanded Overstayers Voluntary Departure Program" from April 1 to June 30, adopting penalty relieves including no detention, no entry ban and a minimum amount of fine to encourage overstayers to turn themselves in.
Given that the 32nd coronavirus case was a missing migrant worker in this February, the NIA particularly promoted a three-month program to avoid potential clusters of infection. During the designated period of the program, a total of 7,617 foreigners were captured, 4,443 of whom turned themselves in, 2,075 were Vietnamese, and 1,519 were Indonesian. Among all of the foreigners, no one tested positive for Covid-19, showing the national disease control was successful.
National Immigration Agency chief Chiu Feng-kuang (邱豐光) stated that the country will actively promote relevant regulations on illegal employment or brokers to maintain the country's safety and social order.
Source: National Immigration Agency