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Taiwan approves more naturalization for skilled foreign applicants

2018/04/17 22:28:13

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Taipei, April 17 (CNA) The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) approved Tuesday a review to allow for the naturalization of nine more skilled foreign professionals in Taiwan while enabling them to retain their original citizenship.

In a statement, the ministry said the latest review brings the number of applicants eligible to apply for Taiwanese citizenship to a total of 32.

With new regulations under the Nationality Act promulgated in 2017 by the MOI, high-level foreign professionals can now obtain Republic of China citizenship without relinquishing their original nationality, as part of the government's efforts to foster the recruitment and retention of top talent from around the world.

The nine professionals newly added to the list all possess specific qualifications in the categories of education, economics, medicine and human rights, the ministry said.

Among them, an Iranian professor whose background is in electrical engineering, has even designed an "emotional" robot and is well-renowned on the international stage, it said.

Meanwhile, a professor from the United States whose expertise is in biotechnology and artificial intelligence is also among the list of applicants approved by the ministry.

In the science and technology category, foreigners can hold citizenship of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and their original nationality if they possess skills in high-value technical disciplines such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), nanotechnology, robotics and virtual reality.

Qualified foreign nationals under the education criteria include those employed at local universities as assistant professors or above, as well as individuals who have had articles published in major international journals, according to the MOI.

(By Liu Lee-jung and Ko Lin)