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Taiwan offers reward up to NT$20,000 to those who can tip-off foreigners with expired visa

As the three-month amnesty program approaches its end, the Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said on Thursday (June 4), that it will be giving a maximum reward of NT$20,000 (US$670) to those who can tip-off about foreigners who have overstayed their visas.

The MOI said, a reward ranging from NT$2,000 to NT$20,000 awaits to anyone who can provide information on those visa-overstayers. A seperate NT$1,000 reward will also be granted to those who will report illegal cross-border marriage matchmaking ads. However, it has been clarified that there will be no prize money for reporting illegal international matchmaking.

The Newtalk detailed, that if an informant reports three or fewer foreigners with an expired visa, the MOI will grant NT$2,000 prize for each overstayer. The reward can increased to NT$5,000 per person if the informant can expose four to six.

On the other hand, an arrest of seven to nine overstayers will rise the reward to NT$10,000. And if 10 or more foreigners have been captured with the help of the informant, a maximum reward of NT$20,000 per person will be given.

The program was introduced by the National Immigration Agency (NIA) to encourage foreigners in the country with expired visa to turn themselves in until June 30. If the overstayers surrendered themselves, their fine will be reduced to NT$2,000 and will not be placed under detention or face an entry ban.

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