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Executive Yuan passes Immigration Law amendment

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Executive Yuan yesterday approved a proposed amendment to the Immigration Law (入出國及移民法), relaxing regulations on residency applications for the parents and children of immigrants.

In accordance with the proposal, immigrants investing in Taiwan or representatives and managers of foreign enterprises in Taiwan can apply for residency for their unmarried adult children or their parents if they are more than 65 years old if the immigrants or representatives have obtained permanent residency status.

Any white-collar foreigner’s unmarried adult children with special needs can also apply for residency if the parent has permanent residency status or is staying in Taiwan on a work permit, the proposed amendment says.

Under the current regulations on dependents’ residency applications, the government only issues Alien Resident Certificates (ARC) to the underage dependents of foreigners if their parents or grandparents hold household registration, residency or permanent residency status.

The current regulation does not allow foreigners’ children over the age of 20 or their parents to apply for residency through their family members.

Premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄) yesterday said the amendment was proposed to create a “humanitarian and friendly living environment” for foreigners.

The amendment was also part of the Cabinet’s effort to attract talent from abroad to work in Taiwan, Liu said, adding that he hoped the bill would clear the legislative floor by the end of the current session.

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