An overseas Chinese student (阿山) from Myanmar, comes from a poor single-parent family. He dropped out of school because he could not afford the tuition fees and was unable to return home due to the epidemic and the political turmoil in his home country, Myanmar. He went to the NIA Changhua County Specialized Corps to self-report and realized that National Immigration Agency is promoting the "Expanded Overstayers Voluntary Departure Program" and only requires a fine of NT$2,000, which made him relieved.
An Oversea Student from Myanmar Self-report and return home safely.Photo provided by NIA Changhua County Specialized Corps
He said that he grew up in a single-parent family, and he was the only boy in it. The elder sister and younger sister who support the financial expenses of the family got married one after another, and the mother was the only one left in the family. Now thanks to the “Expanded Overstayers Voluntary Departure Program” that he can return home to work and take care of his mother. He thanked NIA for the program, so that fellows who have overstayed in Taiwan can return home with peace of mind.
The captain (黃奕崗) of the NIA Changhua County Specialized Corps, stated that the Legislative Yuan has been sent a revised draft of some provisions of the Immigration Act for review. One of these provisions states that the overstay fine will be increased from the current NT$2,000 to NT$10,000 to NT$30,000 to NT$150,000 in order to deter foreigners from overstaying. Also, the maximum control term for entering Taiwan has been increased from three to ten years. NIA make an appeal to the general people, asking them to encourage any foreigners they know who have overstayed in Taiwan to seize the chance and self-report before the fines and controls are enhanced. National Immigration Agency has also set up a special free consultation hotline 0800-024-881 (ByeBye), which provides multilingual services. Migrant workers and foreigners who have overstayed are welcome to use this hotline for consultation.
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