Fri, Nov 12, 2004 - Page 2 News List

MOI eases entry rules for Chinese tech specialists

By Cody Yiu  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) has eased entry regulations to attract more Chinese technology specialists to attend professional activities here.

The ministry, in a meeting on Wednesday, passed a draft amendment to the Statute Governing Mainland-Area Specialists Attending Professional Activities in Taiwan (大陸地區專業人士來台從事專業活動許可辦法), which would mean Chinese technology specialists attending professional activities would no longer need to have invitation letters verified at police stations upon arrival.

"Currently, an invitation letter signed by a guarantor -- usually the organizer that invited a Chinese specialist -- must be verified at a local police station," Ho Jung-chun (何榮村), director of the Bureau of Immigration's executive office said yesterday.

"The amendment stipulates that the letter would no longer need to be verified at a police station, as long as a guarantor has already signed it," Ho said.

In addition, specialists who have received permission to stay here for four months or longer may also apply to have their spouses or children who are over the age of 18 stay with them over the course of their visit.

Additionally, specialists participating in long-term industrial activities that require a stay of more than six months no longer have to show return flight or ferry tickets at customs upon entry to the country.

Chinese professional athletes are also welcome to stay in Taiwan.

In the draft amendment, Chinese professional athletes who are training athletes for the national team may stay here for up to a maximum of six years.

Special considerations are given to these professional athletes as their experiences and skills may help enhance Tai-wanese athletes' potential.

"This amendment is to expand the parameters for Chinese professional specialists applying to stay in Taiwan," Ho said.

In a statement, the ministry said the amendment was aimed at complying with an Executive Yuan policy to train much-needed technology specialists by bringing in professionals from overseas.

The amendment is currently under review at the Executive Yuan.

If the Executive Yuan approves, the legal changes may be implemented.

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