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Next naturalization tests to be offered in Taichung City

DEADLINE Applicants can choose Mandarin, Hoklo, Hakka or any Aboriginal language for their oral exams and get the results the same day

STAFF WRITER

Starting next month, foreign nationals can take their naturalization tests at various household registration offices in Taichung City, the city government said yesterday.

The test registration deadline is Wednesday.

Applicants have the option of using Mandarin, Hoklo, Hakka or any of the Aboriginal languages for their oral exams.

The Civil Affairs Bureau of the Taichung City Government said that since last year, the law has required all foreigners who wish to become naturalized citizens fulfill at least 200 classroom hours, pass a written test, as well as an oral exam by using one of the nation's spoken languages.

Foreigners that are married to Taiwanese can reduce the class time to 72 hours.

To provide added convenience for applicants, the city government has decided to streamline the process this year by allowing local household registration offices to administer the tests.

Applicants will learn their results on the same day.

The bureau has conducted three naturalization tests this year.

A total of 86 people registered for the test and 82 of them passed by scoring at least 60 points.

The fourth test will be held on Nov. 7 and the test registration deadline is Wednesday.

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