Indonesian teen reunites with family in Taiwan after 6 months of red tape

Indonesian teen separated from mother by 4,000 kilometers finally gets Taiwan dependent visa after 6 months of red tape

Anindita (left), Cheng (right).

Anindita (left), Cheng (right).

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- After going through red tape for six months and being separated by 4,000 kilometers, an Indonesian young woman will finally be able to join her mother and stepfather in Taiwan after having obtained a dependent visa, reported CNA.

Indonesian national Amanda Erika Anindita, 18, has been attempting for six months to apply for a dependent visa to come to Taiwan to live with her mother and her Taiwanese stepfather, Cheng Chi-nan (鄭吉男).

On April 17, the Anindita received the good news that her application for the visa had been approved. "I finally got the resident visa so that I can live with mom and dad in Taiwan," said Anindita to CNA.

Cheng touched many Indonesians' hearts when on a Facebook post dated April 25, he said:

"Daughter, though you were not born to me, I will treat you like my own. I will help you go to college just like other sisters and I hope you study hard. First learn Chinese, this knowledge is yours.Time is money, work hard and you'll be rewarded. Rely on yourself and put forth your best effort. Go for it!"

Cheng told CNA that bureaucratic snags in Indonesia bogged down his stepdaughter's application for the visa. He said that Indonesia's vast territory, the slow processing time of her mother's home town household registration office, and the time it took to send the documents all added up.

Even after receiving all these documents, they hit another major snag when they discovered his wife's name was misspelled. The process of correcting the documents added additional hardships on the family.

Cheng's wife said that many of her friends have encountered similar difficulties obtaining a dependent visa and eventually gave up hope of being reunited with their children, instead opting to have the children stay with relatives in Indonesia.

Anindita plans to attend National Taiwan Normal University, where she will study Chinese. Cheng says that he will fund her education at the university.

Cheng thanked the Taiwan representative office in Jakarta for their help in applying for the visa and said, "This is a direct benefit the people can realize from the government's New Southbound Policy, this enabled our family to be reunited."

Updated : 2021-04-15 16:58 GMT+08:00