OCAC to aid over­seas cit­i­zens with­out ROC house­hold reg­istry

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan’s Over­seas Com­mu­nity Af­fairs Coun­cil (OCAC, ) said yes­ter­day that an Im­mi­gra­tion Act amend­ment draft bill has been sub­mit­ted for re­view, aim­ing to ad­dress dif­fi­cul­ties faced by over­seas Tai­wanese com­pa­tri­ots, in­clud­ing those from the Philip­pines, who have over­stayed their visas and not com­pleted the re­quired house­hold reg­is­tra­tions.

Com­pa­tri­ots who have over­stayed their visas are un­able to ob­tain a Na­tional Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Card or ap­ply for the Na­tional Health In­sur­ance, ac­cord­ing to ac­counts from over­seas Tai­wanese com­pa­tri­ots.

Tai­wanese com­pa­tri­ots re­sid­ing in the Philip­pines also ap­pealed for res­i­dency and em­ploy­ment rights.

The OCAC said that the new bill is the re­sult of ex­ten­sive in­ter­de­part­men­tal col­lab­o­ra­tion among the rel­e­vant gov­ern­ment agen­cies in­clud­ing the Na­tional Im­mi­gra­tion Agency ( ), the Min­istry of La­bor, and the Na­tional Health In­sur­ance Ad­min­is­tra­tion ( ) through nu­mer­ous seminars and fo­rum events over the past few years.

On em­ploy­ment rights, the OCAC said that cur­rent guide­lines only al­low those who have of­fi­cial R.O.C. na­tion­al­ity sta­tus only to be em­ployed with­out hav­ing to ap­ply for a work per­mit first. The coun­cil said that the Min­is­ter for La­bor will make great ef­forts to make em­ploy­ers aware of this fact.

Re­gard­ing health in­sur­ance, the OCAC said that the Na­tional Health In­sur­ance re­quires an in­di­vid­ual to com­plete house­hold reg­is­tra­tion be­fore they can be in­sured, there­fore the Tai­wanese na­tion­als from the Philip­pines who do not meet the re­quire­ments may not be cov­ered un­der the Na­tional Health In­sur­ance pro­gram.

Cur­rent guide­lines state that Tai­wanese na­tion­als from over­seas coun­tries can ap­ply for per­ma­nent res­i­dency if they have lived in Tai­wan for over 183 days each year for seven con­sec­u­tive years.

The re­quire­ments have been deemed by the com­pa­tri­ots in the Philip­pines as too strin­gent and should be im­proved.

In re­sponse, the OCAC said that un­der the amend­ment bill, the re­quire­ments for Tai­wanese na­tion­als from abroad to ap­ply for per­ma­nent res­i­dency in Tai­wan will be loos­ened with the length of stay be­ing cut from seven to five years.

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