Government considering relaxing rules for foreign volunteers, street artists
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.