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Ministry amends rules on work permits for academics

By Alison Hsiao  /  Staff reporter

Foreigners employed at public or private universities approved by the Ministry of Education no longer need to apply for employment permits, regardless of the duration of their work.

Amendments to the Employment Service Act (就業服務法) passed by the legislature yesterday relaxed the requirements to encourage hiring of foreign academics.

The revision removed a restriction that set six months as the maximum duration foreign academics could work without needing a work permit.

Other amendments allow foreign students enrolled in public or registered private colleges, or universities, as well as Chinese students enrolled in a public or registered private high schools to work for four more hours per week — from 16 hours to 20 per week — except during winter and summer vacations.

Other changes to the act include measures to encourage women to re-enter the workforce, and adding people affected by domestic violence, people from low-income households and ex-convicts to those eligible to receive assistance in employment and, if necessary, be provided with a benefit.

The legislature also approved amendments to the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (臺灣地區與大陸地區人民關係條例), scrapping a regulation that Chinese put in temporary detention awaiting deportation can be ordered to perform labor and specifying that they can be held in custody for no longer than 150 days, or 100 days for Hong Kong and Macau residents.

Chinese who are to be deported can now make claims for residence, and a review meeting has to be convened for claims made by those whose permission for residence has been revoked or repealed, as is stipulated in the Immigration Act (入出國及移民法).

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