31 Oct 2016

American Samoa to upgrade immigration system

5:12 pm on 31 October 2016

American Samoa is upgrading its immigration data system that will, among other things, help track overstayers.

The upgrade is funded by $US250,000 in bonds from the American Samoa Economic Development Authority.

Government officials said the upgrade will incorporate three separate systems currently being used for immigration processing into one comprehensive database management system.

Additionally, the upgrade will connect all immigration locations, such as the main office, the airport and main harbour.

The government said the improvements will allow for better tracking of visitors and over-stayers, and help immigration personnel focus on ensuring that visitors leave at the end of their visit.

Eventually, the government expects to have the ability to offer entry permits online.