The island nation wants to reduce the number of fraudulent marriages.
These organizations cannot charge a matchmaking fee.
The only money that can now change hands is for airfares and hotels for overseas visits.
Companies that attempt to charge for arranging marriages will be fined up to $US 30,000.
The new regulations are part of Taiwan’s new Immigration Act.
Starting from August 1, 2009, there is a ban on companies that arrange international marriages.
Taiwan’s Immigration Agency says it wants to stamp out the practice of Taiwanese men choosing Chinese or South-East Asian brides online.
Companies can no longer take Taiwanese men on blind-date tours of Asian countries to select a bride.
All Taiwanese men hoping to marry a foreign woman must now apply to an approved government agency.
Immigration officials report that around 420,000 foreign spouses, mainly brides, entered Taiwan in the first half of 2009. Put these in order from 1 to 8 (1 is most important). Starting from August 1, 2009, there is a ban on companies that ____________ international marriages.