The Immigration Bureau reported yesterday that over the past three years a total of 16,819 Chinese citizens have been discovered to be in bogus marriages with Taiwanese.
Chinese citizens, who were determined by immigration authorities to be in false marriages constituted 12.6 percent of the 133,305 Chinese citizens who have sought to enter the country as the spouses of Taiwanese nationals between Sept. 1, 2003 and Oct. 31, Immigration Bureau officials said at the Legislative Yuan.
Approval was granted to a total of 103,367, or 77.5 percent, of the Chinese citizens who applied and underwent interviews to enter the country as spouses during that time, the officials said while presenting a written report on the bureau's operations on managing applications by Chinese citizens.
According to the written report, the bureau has operated 39 interview rooms in Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taichung and Hualien, as well as at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Kaohsiung International Airport, and on the outlying islands of Kinmen and Matsu, which lie closer to China's Fujian Province than to Taiwan.
To stave off an influx of Chinese immigrants through marriages of convenience, the Immigration Bureau under the National Police Administration implemented a personal interview system for incoming Chinese spouses starting on Sept. 1, 2003.
Some of the Chinese citizens who were determined to be in bogus marriages with Taiwanese citizens were immediately repatriated while some underwent a second round of interviews after their entry into Taiwan, during which it was determined that they were in marriages of convenience, bureau officials said.