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10 more foreign professionals become naturalized citizens in Taiwan

2019/05/14 22:07:48

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Taipei, May 14 (CNA) Another 10 foreign professionals, including a university professor and an agricultural machinery technician, have been approved for naturalization in Taiwan without surrendering their original citizenship, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said Tuesday.

The Nationality Act allows high-level foreign professionals to obtain Republic of China (Taiwan) citizenship without relinquishing their original nationality, as part of the government's ongoing efforts to recruit and retain top talent from around the world.

The 10 professionals who were approved in the most recent review of applications have special qualifications in the fields of education, economics, medicine, agricultural machinery, culture and the arts, the ministry said.

Peter Karl Mayer, a German medical professor who currently teaches at China Medical University in Taichung, told CNA Tuesday that he first came to Taiwan 12 years ago to study Chinese medicine, and immediately fell in love with the country, later deciding to live here after graduating.

Mayer said what he likes about Taiwan is its convenience and scenic mountain landscapes, adding that he chose to apply for ROC citizenship because he wanted to be a true Taiwanese.

Gildas Kernaléguen, one of the other professionals who was naturalized, said he has lived in Taiwan for quite some time and is already accustomed to the local culture.

Kernaléguen first came to Taiwan in 1992, and established his own agricultural machinery business in 2000.

The French businessman said he wouldn't have been able to achieve what he has if he remained in France.

There are opportunities for success in Taiwan if you work hard enough, he said.

The 10 new ROC citizens are mostly in their 30s-50s, the MOI said.

Since Dec. 21, 2016, when new regulations under the Nationality Act came into force, 86 foreign professionals have become naturalized citizens without surrendering their original citizenship, according to the ministry.

(By Wang Cheng-chung and Ko Lin)