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BI defends action vs Taiwan-bound traveler

July 10, 2023 Jun I. Legaspi 195 views

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) addressed a viral social media post on a female passenger allegedly required 10 birth certificates by an immigration officer.

According to BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco, while they have yet to receive the full report and investigation, initial information showed the unnamed passenger’s travel was deferred for having multiple red flags.

The traveler, who initially attempted to depart late last month, claimed she is traveling to Taiwan to visit a distant relative.

However, the immigration officer noted that during the assessment the traveler failed to substantiate the claim she was bound for Taiwan to work.

The traveler was also unable to establish her relationship with her sponsor, and had numerous inconsistencies when asked about basic details about the sponsor.

Her personal capacity to sustain herself during the 14-day trip was likewise not established.

Hence, Tansingco said that the traveler was reminded to secure proper working documents.

Tansingco also added that following the Department of Justice’s guidelines on departure formalities, departing passengers whose purpose and capacity is not fully established may be sponsored by a relative within the fourth civil degree.

“Travelers need not worry as long as they have the appropriate documents that match their actual purpose of travel,” said Tansingco.

“So many travelers are coming in and out of the country with no issues. Only those with conflicting documentation are subjected to further inspection,” he added.

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