Last night around 9 PM, a guy called me from the intercom in my apartment lobby. He said he’s an immigration officer, and he asked me if he could come to my place. I was alone at home with my baby, so I said it was not very convenient. Still, he insisted he should come up to see me. Then, I said I was taking a bath of my baby. Then, he said that I had to give him my passport & ARC numbers over the phone.
At this point, I still tried to find my passport, but my baby was crying, and I kinda start doubting his identity. How do I know he is a real officer. And, why does he visit me at night? When I told him he should have called me earlier. Then, he said he came during the day time, but I was not at home. Hmmm. I just took a 30 min. walk with my toddler during the day time. Can he be really telling me the truth?
We have many foreigners living in this region, and according to my husband (later he asked the security guard), the guy just randomly visited this apartment and asked the security guard about foreigners living here. It seems that he did copy some of our residents’ ID.
I feel this is very improper. Working at night? Copying ID’s? Why? I’ve lived here for about five years now, and it never happend before. Should I trust this strange so-called immigration officer? Even if he were real, I felt very offended at his sudden visit.
His English is quite good. His accent is strong, but he can use even forcing tones in English!
I feel very uncomfortable about this. I am thinking to bring my baby back to my county for about a month in a couple of weeks. After all, my parents miss my little toddler…
Does Taiwan government really allow their immigration officers such practices as visiting at night and copying ID’s?
BTW, we live in TaiChung city…