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Draft revision of Immigration Act simplifies residency rules

2018/12/28 17:38:41

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Taipei, Dec. 28 (CNA) The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) has finalized a draft amendment to the Immigration Act that seeks to simplify the administrative procedures when foreign nationals apply for residency, while also protecting the rights of foreign spouses and children.

The draft amendment will allow certain categories of foreign professionals employed to work in Taiwan to directly apply for an alien resident certificate without having to first obtain a resident visa from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to a statement released by the National Immigration Agency (NIA) Thursday.

These foreign professionals include foreign consultants employed by the government, foreign scholars at universities and overseas talent recruited on the basis of economic immigration acts, the NIA said.

The amendment also stipulates that holders of Republic of China passports who have no household registration in Taiwan will no longer need to apply for an entry permit when entering the country. They can also apply for residency if they have been in Taiwan for five years and stayed in the country for more than 183 days each year.

Meanwhile, if a permanent residency applicant makes a special contribution to Taiwan, is a senior professional or an investor, his or her spouse, children under 20 years old, as well as adult children with physical or mental disabilities, will be able to apply for permanent residency at the same time, the NIA said.

According to the draft bill, immigrants who divorce their Taiwanese spouses on grounds of domestic violence and do not remarry will have the right to remain in Taiwan on an alien resident card.

The same applies to foreign spouses who have to care for their minor children or have visitation rights after a divorce.

(By Yu Hsiang and Chi Jo-yao)
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