Sun, Mar 16, 2014 - Page 3 News List

Residency rules to be eased for HK, Macau students

Staff writer, with CNA

Students from Macau and Hong Kong who have completed their studies and are working in Taiwan will be able to obtain permanent residency more easily as part of the country’s bid to retain international talent, the Ministry of the Interior said.

The amendments, introduced to regulations governing Macau and Hong Kong nationals in Taiwan, will broaden access for the two groups to live in Taiwan on a permanent basis, a ministry official said.

Currently, graduates from Macau and Hong Kong who are working in Taiwan must return to their home countries and gain two years of work experience there before they are eligible to apply for permanent residence in Taiwan.

This is an issue for those who want to stay in the country and the amendments are aimed at easing the restriction, the ministry said.

Under the amendments, graduates who are employed in Taiwan can apply for permanent residency after working for five consecutive years, during which they must stay in the country for at least 183 days per year, the ministry said.

Applicants must also have an average monthly salary of at least twice the nation’s minimum wage for at least the most recent year prior to the date of their application, the ministry said.

They will no longer need to return to Macau or Hong Kong for two years prior to applying for residency, it said.

The amendment is to take effect upon approval by the Executive Yuan, the ministry said.

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