Over 155,000 foreign nationals eligible for Taiwan stimulus vouchers: NIA

09/20/2021 01:02 PM
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Taipei, Sept. 20 (CNA) More than 155,000 foreign nationals, mainly holders of Alien Permanent Resident Certificates (APRCs) and foreign spouses of Taiwanese citizens, will be eligible to obtain the government stimulus vouchers next month, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) said Monday.

According to the NIA, there are around 140,000 foreign spouses and 16,000 APRC holders in Taiwan who can claim the NT$5,000 (US$179.4) worth of vouchers that will be issued by the government to stimulate the domestic economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to those two categories, foreign diplomats based in Taiwan are also eligible to receive the vouchers, which will be issued starting Oct. 8 and will be valid until April 30 next year, the NIA said.

Applications will open on Wednesday to Taiwanese citizens of all ages and to eligible foreign nationals, to obtain the digital version of the vouchers, the NIA said.

The vouchers will also be available in print and can be pre-ordered on the government website https://5000.gov.tw or at the kiosks at major convenience stores, using the applicant's National Health Insurance (NHI) card, starting Sept. 25, according to the NIA.

Eligible foreign nationals who have not yet obtained an NHI card can take their residency certificate to a post office to collect a printed edition of vouchers, starting Oct. 8, the NIA said.

Foreign spouses, including those from China, whose residency documents are based on investment or employment, can call an NIA service station for help if they encounter any difficulties obtaining their vouchers, the NIA said.

The NIA said that once it is informed, it will register such persons in the system as spouses of Taiwanese citizens so they can claim their vouchers.

Questions about the stimulus voucher program can be directed to the NIA via its hotline at 0800-024-111, which provides service in seven languages -- Chinese, English, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Thai and Cambodian -- the agency said.

For Chinese-language service, two other hotlines are also available at 1988 and 1996, the NIA said.

(By Joseph Yeh)

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