10 Jul 2013

American Samoa looks at legalising overstayers

6:32 pm on 10 July 2013

The American Samoa governor is establishing an amnesty programme to allow foreigners in the territory without proper documents to resolve their immigration status to become legal residents.

Lolo Matalasi Moliga first revealed the programme in January, saying he had directed the Attorney General to develop policies and procedures to govern and monitor the implementation of the Amnesty Initiative.

Lolo had said at the time the proposed programme would provide a window of six months for all immigrants living illegally in the territory to get their immigration papers in order.

Lolo says illegal unregistered immigrants identified after the amnesty period will be deported.

Meanwhile, the governor is also considering a request to grant a visa wavier to citizens of Taiwan entering American Samoa, where a 30-day visitor's permit is required before arriving in the territory

This followed a meeting in Hawaii with the director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office Honolulu.