Chinese Website Offering Houses, Residency Permits In Palau Questioned

Chamber of Commerce says adds are misleading since residency does not give person right to enter U.S. under Compact

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, April 21, 2017) – Palau's Chamber of Commerce says advertising on a Chinese website offering houses for sale in Palau complete with the right to live in the Pacific nation for up to 99-years is likely to be misleading.

The Island Times reported that the ad offers buyers a Palau Residence Permit as well as direct access to the US after one to two years.

It also offers an easy visa application process from Palau to other countries including Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Taiwan.

However, the chamber's communications director, David Mason, said he was sceptical.

"Palauans through the Compact of Free Association with the US have access to the US and working in the US," Mr Mason said.

"But if you come to Palau and live here for a bit, that doesn't offer you the same benefits under the Compact as it does for Palauans."

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