MOL craft­ing blue-col­lar per­ma­nent res­i­dence plan

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Min­istry of La­bor (MOL) said Wed­nes­day it is craft­ing a plan to al­low el­i­gi­ble mi­grant work­ers in Tai­wan to ap­ply for per­ma­nent res­i­dence, as part of its ef­forts to in­crease the coun­try’s work­force.

For­eign blue-col­lar em­ploy­ees who have been work­ing in the coun­try for a cer­tain pe­riod of time and are deemed as equipped with the nec­es­sary skills will be el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply, La­bor Min­is­ter Chen Hsi­ung-wen said.

MOL of­fi­cials said a new type of per­ma­nent res­i­dence will be de­signed for that cat­e­gory of work­ers, which will be dif­fer­ent from the Alien Per­ma­nent Res­i­dent Cer­tifi­cate (APRC) that is granted to for­eign pro­fes­sion­als.

The min­istry, how­ever, is still ham­mer­ing out the finer de­tails of the plan with the goal of im­ple­ment­ing it by the end of next year, the of­fi­cials said.

Chen said it hoped that the new reg­u­la­tions, when they take ef­fect, would help al­le­vi­ate the la­bor short­age in Tai­wan, par­tic­u­larly in the blue-col­lar sec­tor.

Un­like white- col­lar work­ers, who be­come el­i­gi­ble for APRCs af­ter five years Tai­wan, blue-col­lar work­ers have no such paths to per­ma­nent res­i­dence, no mat­ter lhow ong they have been work­ing in the coun­try.

Min­istry statis­tics show that as of Feb. 28, there were 513,570 legally em­ployed for­eign work­ers in Tai­wan and 44,204 for­eign work­ers whose where­abouts were un­known. The largest con­tin­gent of for­eign work­ers in Tai­wan comes from In­done­sia, with 230,000 peo­ple work­ing in the coun­try, ac­cord­ing to the fig­ures.

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