I have a dilemma here, and I need everyone’s advice.
The entire situation involves “overstays,” and in particular “overstays of foreigners who are married to local citizens.”
My point of view is that: YOU SHOULD NOT OVERSTAY YOUR VISA. That means that you should follow the law, right? i think that it is a reasonable request. After all, we aliens don’t want to give the local government authorities a bad impression . . . .
Of course, you would think that the National Police Administration (NPA) would also agree that aliens should not overstay their visas, right? And you would think that the NPA would do everything in their power to follow up on people who do overstay their visas right? After all, according to the Immigration Law, THAT IS THEIR JOB!!!
However . . . . what if I could tell you that I have positive proof that the NPA is less than diligent in dealing with the overstays of foreign spouses? And the reason for this is that they have TOTALLY FAILED to coordinate with other government departments in regard to checking up on this matter . . . . do you think that such conduct would be considered IRRESPONSIBLE??? Do you think that certain other high government officials (especially high government officials not in the DPP) would be interested in taking the NPA to task over this?
I am involved in a case with a Filipino lady who is married to a local Taiwan citizen and has overstayed her tourist visa for four years. They have a baby who is about one year old.
With my help, she applied to RENEW this tourist visa in early 2002. Apparently the Taipei Police Station thought it was a joke or something, so nine weeks went by with no reply. I filed an administrative appeal, because the two month limit for an official reply had passed.
The Taipei Police Station replied with a deportation notice. I filed for an injunction against the deportation notice in the Taipei High Administrative Court. Two lawyers from the NPA showed up at the hearing. I appeared with the Taiwanese husband. Of course the NPA said that there were no grounds for granting an injunction, and that the wife should leave Taiwan immediately. I asked “Why did you wait four years to tell us that?”
We received the decision from the Court. The injunction was granted.
The NPA filed a counter-suit to have the injunction cancelled. I filed a lengthy rebuttal.
In late December we received the decision of the Superior Administrative Court. The injunction was upheld. The NPA lost. The court noted “gross administrative errors” in both the NPA’s and the local Police Station’s handling of the case.
Do you see what is happening here? Let me go over the details again. This Taiwanese husband is married to a Filipino lady and living in Taiwan. He also has two daughters who have foreign passports. During the past few years, he has often gone to both the Household Registration Office to get copies of his household registration document, and to the local police station in his location of residence (not the Foreign Affairs Police) to deal with other minor matters. Do the Household Registration Office and the local police stations know that he is married to a foreigner? Yes, that is registered in their books. Do they know the visa status of his wife? No, their computers aren’t set up to have access to that information.
The NPA, Household Registration Offices, and the administrative authority for the local police stations are all under the MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR. Does it strike you as strange that they are doing zero coordination on the subject of visa overstays by foreign spouses? Does this amount to incompetence on the part of the NPA???
So, this is my dilemma . . . . . should I just make a note of this situation and hope that the police will do their job better in the future . . . . in the name of national security, etc., etc. . . . . . . OR . . . . .
should I put all this documentation together, and write up a full description of the situation, and pass it on to some non-DPP Legislators for their consideration . . . . . . . who knows, they might want to raise some issues of ADMINISTRATIVE INCOMPETENCE or DERELICTION OF DUTY or . . . . .
Maybe they might even ask for some people to STEP DOWN . . . . . . or be given PAY CUTS . . . . . . .
What is my best course of action at this point??? Your comments???