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Amendment to Immigration Act ratified

Amendment to Immigration Act ratified

Taipei, Jan. 23 (CNA) Lawmakers on Friday ratified amendments to portions of the Immigration Act, limiting the temporary detainment of foreign nationals to no more than 15 days. The Immigration Act grants authorities the right to motion for the temporary detainment of foreign nationals who have entered Taiwan via illegal means, or have overstayed their visa.
Previously, Taiwan's Immigration Agency was allowed to detain foreigners for up to 120 days. The revision not only limits detention to no more than 15 days, it also stipulates that in the event that the detainment of foreign nationals needs to be extended, Taiwan's Immigration Agency must file for a court order to do so five days prior to the end of the 15-day period. In addition, the law amendment states that temporary detainment may not be extended beyond 45 days. The latest revision also states that foreign nationals verified to be afflicted with mental disorders, contagious diseases, life threatening conditions, and who are under the age of 12 may not be placed under temporary detainment. Women who are more than five months pregnant, or have had a miscarriage within two months also may not be temporarily detained. (By Tai Ya-chen and Ted Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-18 04:27 GMT+08:00