Gov­ern­ment con­sid­er­ing re­lax­ing rules for for­eign vol­un­teers, street artists

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Tai­wanese gov­ern­ment is pre­par­ing to re­lax reg­u­la­tions to make it eas­ier for for­eign vol­un­teers and street artists to par­tic­i­pate in events and per­form in Tai­wan, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil (NDC).

The coun­cil con­vened a meet­ing on July 31 with of­fi­cials from the Min­istry of La­bor, Min­istry of the In­te­rior and Na­tional Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (NCC) to dis­cuss ways to cre­ate a friend­lier en­vi­ron­ment for for­eign­ers in Tai­wan.

NDC said of­fi­cials reached a con­sen­sus on sev­eral is­sues, such as al­low­ing for­eign vol­un­teers to join char­ity events, and al­low­ing for­eign street artists who have been cer­ti­fied by lo­cal gov­ern­ments to per­form in the coun­try, with­out hav­ing to ap­ply for a work per­mit.

The NCC will also re­vise reg­u­la­tions by the end of this year to al­low for­eign­ers to ap­ply for mo­bile phones and other telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vices with the op­tion of choos­ing ei­ther their pass­ports or Alien Res­i­dent Cer­tifi­cates (ARC) as their first iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ment, ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil. How­ever, they will still be re­quired to present a sec­ond iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ment.

At present, for­eign­ers ap­ply­ing for these ser­vices are re­quired to present their pass­ports as their first iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ment fol­lowed by a sec­ond iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ment that varies depend­ing on the ser­vice provider.

The coun­cil said it has also asked the la­bor min­istry to study the pos­si­bil­ity of cov­er­ing for­eign­ers with per­ma­nent res­i­dency un­der Tai­wan’s amended La­bor Pen­sion Act.

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