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Ministry opposes easing the ban on minor naturalization

Staff writer, with CNA

The Ministry of the Interior said that it is against lifting a ban on married minors of naturalized Republic of China (ROC) citizens applying for naturalization.

The ministry released a statement last week saying that after getting married, minors have to manage their lives along with their spouses and share the responsibility of raising children.

This means that they are capable of making legal transactions and no longer need the care of their parents, it said.

Even though they have moved to Taiwan along with their parents who have ROC citizenship, “it is not appropriate for the nation to hastily let them become naturalized,” it said.

The ministry’s statement came in response to calls by the Alliance for Human Rights Legislation for Immigrants and Migrants for an easing of the ban.

The groups raised the appeal amid moves by the ministry to revise the Nationality Act (國籍法) concerning the rights and benefits of immigrants and foreign spouses of Taiwanese.

According to the act, only unmarried minor children of naturalized citizens can apply for naturalization.

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