UK changes cash allowance
The British government announced a new upper limit on the amount of cash that travelers can carry with them when entering the UK from non-EU countries or when they travel from the UK into non-EU countries, the Bureau of Consular Affairs said yesterday. From June 15, travelers will not be allowed to carry more than 10,000 euros (US$13,437) in cash into or out of the UK if they are traveling from a non-EU country or leaving the UK to travel to a non-EU country, the bureau said. Travelers who carry more than the maximum amount will be required to fill out a declaration form.
Pension hike proposed
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislative caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) said yesterday that his caucus would next Monday propose an increase in the monthly pension for elderly farmers from the existing NT$5,000 to NT$6,000. The controversial issue was discussed at the party's caucus meeting yesterday, but no consensus was reached as some of its members said that the government should place a priority on advancing the national pension program instead of increasing farmers' pensions.
Marriage brokers banned
Lawmakers agreed on Thursday to an amendment to the Immigration Law (入出國及移民法), putting an end to the controversial interracial marriage broker industry. Effective immediately, cross-border marriage brokers will be banned from doing business. To help combat international human trafficking, a special clause was added to the amendment allowing the issuance of a work or residence permit to foreign victims of sexual abuse or human trafficking during the investigation into their cases in Taiwan. The amendment also eased regulations governing residency for foreign-born Taiwanese children who have Taiwanese nationality.