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China’s push back on dual passports may derail investment immigration schemes

Global real estate investment flows could be disrupted if the authorities in mainland China were to crack down on the country’s booming trade in ­second passports.Tens of thousands of high-net-worth individuals in the mainland could be affected if authorities restricted the practice of buying property in a foreign country as a way of acquiring a second citizenship, experts said.The possibility of such action was highlighted earlier this month when Sun Xiang, a National People’s Congress… Source link

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Woman nabbed for failing to stop for immigration clearance at Woodlands Checkpoint, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A 24-year-old woman was arrested on Friday (June 7) for failing to stop for immigration clearance at Woodlands Checkpoint. In a statement on Friday, the police and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said the woman was at the arrival car counter of the checkpoint at about 2am, when she refused to produce her travel document. When the ICA officer stepped out of her counter to check on the situation, the woman suddenly stepped on the accelerator and drove off. She damaged the drop-arm barrier in the process.…

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Illegal immigration disrupts Taiwan’s economic shift away from China and towards Southeast Asia

Nearly 2,000 visitors have violated Taiwan’s immigration rules since they were relaxed three years ago to boost the self-ruled island’s slow moving economy and reduce its reliance on mainland China. Tourists have been pouring in from South and Southeast Asia in response to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s New Southbound Policy, introduced in 2016, to shift her island’s economic weight to those regions. Enrolment by Southeast Asian students at Taiwanese universities is shooting up, too, and… Source link

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Singapore Immigration testing use of e-arrival cards, Singapore News

JOHOR BARU – Singapore’s introduction of electronic arrival cards for visitors has received mixed reactions from Malaysians. The paperless system, which started last Thursday on a three-month trial, is expected to replace the use of embarkation/disembarkation cards. Special needs trainer Doris Lim, who frequently visits Singapore, said the system was user-friendly and environmentally-friendly. “It will be a step forward for those who are Internet savvy and want everything done fast,” the 23-year-old said yesterday. “Most of my passengers are senior citizens. They are not used to new technology,” he said.…

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