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|GARBAGE COLLECTION 6/99||BILL PAYING 9/99|
|CITY NEWSLETTER 6/99||EARTHQUAKE 10/99|
|KAOHSIUNG RADIO 7/99||IMMIGRATION LAWS 1/00|
In the past, foreigners could come and stay in Taiwan under a number of different kinds of visas, such as tourist or resident visas. Those on extended stay, either for work or accompanying their Taiwanese family member, were allowed residency for up to 3 years. This residency, however, was dependent upon the continued relationship with the Taiwan employer or family member.
Now, under the immigration law, foreigners and their spouses and children
who have lived in the country consecutively for 7 years and who have stayed
over 270 days each year are eligible for permanent residency. They
can stay without their employer or family member sponsorship support.
Other persons eligible for this permanent residency are"
1. Taiwan citizens' foreign spouses and children who have lived consecutively in Taiwan for 5 years and have stayed over 270 days each year
2. Taiwan citizens' foreign spouses and children who have lived consecutively in Taiwan for 15 years and have stayed over 183 days for an accumulative 8 year length of time out of the 15 year period
While not on par with other countries like the United States, which allows permanent residency to spouses after a 2 year conditional period and grants permanent residency to some employment based immigrants upon entering the US, this law is an important first step for Taiwan. In the future, other changes should come, such as asylum procedures, equal treatment of children born to Taiwanese with foreign spouses, permanent residency upon entry to Taiwan for certain people, and perhaps citizenship for children born in Taiwan with at least one Taiwanese parent.
In the meantime, the law will be of most benefit to persons who have
lived and worked in Taiwan for many years and now wish to retire here independent
of any Taiwanese employer or family member, and those who have lived here
over 5 years with their Taiwanese spouse but who have lost their spouse
through death or divorce. Previously, these people would have lost
their residency status and could only stay on tourist visas for 2 to 6
months at a time. They can now become permanent residents in Taiwan
if they so desire.