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Official touts interviewing of Chinese spouses

Official touts interviewing of Chinese spouses

The Bureau of Immigration under the National Police Agency said yesterday the interviewing of Chinese spouses has borne good results in terms of deterring spurious marriages.
Wu Hsueh-yen, deputy commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration, also said that after the Immigration Administration is inaugurated January 2, all 25 cities and counties around the country will have branch offices to conduct interviews, which he said will greatly shorten the waiting period from the present three months to one month.
Wu said that the interviews aims to crack down on "marriages of convenience" and to protect bona fide Chinese spouses.
He also admitted that interviewers used to pry into private details, even going into the details of the sex lives between Chinese spouses and Taiwan citizens, but noting that such lines of questioning were dropped one year ago.
He said the interviews are videotaped and that if the interviewers are caught running against regulations, they will be dealt with according to the law.
Meanwhile, Ministry of the Interior officials said yesterday that a newly revised quota for Chinese spouses of Taiwan citizens settling in Taiwan has been set at 12,000 a year, which has taken into consideration of maintaining the island's population at a reasonable level.
Ministry officials said the new quota is 5,000 more than the previous 7,200.
The officials made the remarks one day after an association to promote cross-strait marriages criticized the government for the lengthy waiting period for Chinese spouses wishing to settle in Taiwan.
The association said the figures released by the MOI show that as of November, there were 237,275 Chinese spouses of Taiwan citizens, only 35,746 of whom had received permanent residence status, meaning that Chinese spouses might have to wait for 18 years before they can get IDs, the association said.
The officials said statistics show that the number of applications for Chinese spouses to settle in Taiwan averaged 13,000 per year over the past three years, but considering the fact that since the practice of interviewing Chinese spouses coming to Taiwan was started in 2003, the number of cross-strait marriages has dwindled over the years.
"In this way, the number of 12,000 should fall within reasonable level," the officials claimed.
They said that at present, foreign and Chinese spouses of Taiwan citizens comprise the largest number of immigrants in Taiwan, but foreign immigrants involve the structure of Taiwan's population, economic development, law and order, as well as welfare resources.
They noted that population density of Taiwan is the second-highest in the world and that to maintain the population at a reasonable level is necessary.


Updated : 2021-04-12 16:01 GMT+08:00