Wed, May 15, 2002 - Page 2 News List

State to make it easier for Chinese spouses to work

CNA , TAIPEI

The Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) is set to relax the requirements that mainland Chinese spouses of Taiwan residents must meet to be allowed to work in Taiwan.

CLA officials said that Chinese spouses who can't get a low-income household certificate will still be able to apply for work if the average monthly income per member of the household is lower than that of the average of the lowest 20 percent of households in Taiwan -- according to the latest statistics provided by the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics.

Noting that the number of Chinese spouses coming to Taiwan has been increasing every year, the officials said that many of the Taiwan residents who these spouses marry are old or poor and that the livelihood of these families are often in jeopardy if the Chinese spouses are not allowed to get work in Taiwan.

The CLA revised the regulations governing Chinese spouses applying for work in Taiwan last year, stipulating that if Taiwan residents meet the low-income requirements, are aged over 65, have moderate physical or mental disabilities, or suffer from serious disease or injury, their Chinese spouses can apply for work in Taiwan.

But the number of applicants since the date of revision had been far lower than expected, so the CLA reviewed the policy and concluded that the definition of a low-income family is too strict. Also, the requirements for issuing low-income certificates vary from place to place, so Chinese spouses face difficulties even if they want to apply.

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