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Most Naturalization Applicants are Foreign Spouses of the ROC Nationals
Most Naturalization Applicants are Foreign Spouses of the ROC Nationals
Most naturalization applicants in Taiwan are the foreign spouses of the ROC nationals, constituting approximately 89% of the total number of applications on average. The reasons for naturalization were: voluntary naturalization, (adoptive) father or (adoptive) mother of the minor is an ROC national, accompanying naturalization, those who have legally resided in the territory of the ROC for more than 10 years. Over the past 5 years, the highest number of naturalization applications occurred in 2017, this is because the amendments and promulgation of the Nationality Act on December 21, 2016, which reduced the number of years of legal residence in the territory of the ROC from 5 years to 3 years for foreign spouses who have been divorced due to domestic violence, widows, widowers, or those supporting their children who possess ROC nationality, exercise rights and obligations on behalf of such children, and meet and interact in person with them. Other contributing factors also include regulations permitting them to be naturalized first before providing the certificate of loss of original nationality.
Building a beautiful homeland-urban land consolidation programs
Building a beautiful homeland-urban land consolidation programs
In order to promote land use, sound city integral development and enhance public construction, from 1958 to 2018, 1,040 districts, totaling 16,853 hectares, had been completed under urban land consolidation programs nation-wide. As a result of these urban land consolidation programs, the local government has made 10,819 hectares for building purposes(64.2%), and 5,703 hectares of land available for public facilities(33.8%).
The land for public facilities includes 3,193 hectares of roads(56.0%), 509 hectares of neighborhood parks(8.9%), 384 hectares of primary schools and junior high schools(6.7%), 120 hectares of green fields(2.1%) and 1,497 hectares of other.
Land use investigation is open now!!
Land use investigation is open now!!
The results of land use investigation (LUI) provide an important reference for socioeconomic development and land use planning. Therefore, LUI has been held since 2006. The content of LUI is divided into nine categories, including agriculture, forest, transportation, water, building, public, recreation, mining and salt, and others. The forest land was used over 2.15 million hectares, ranking first in the country, and the agricultural land over 740,000 hectares come in second. The third place (excluding other use land) is building land which was more than 180,000 hectares. The above three catagories accounts for 84% of the national land. For more information, please refer to the land use investigation Website (https://www.nlsc.gov.tw/LUI/Home/Content_Home.aspx).
Five-step Precaution Measures when Opening and Closing Vehicles’ Doors - Protecting the Safety of Pedestrians and Vehicles
Five-step Precaution Measures when Opening and Closing Vehicles’ Doors - Protecting the Safety of Pedestrians and Vehicles
Over the last 5 years, the number of accidents caused by the sudden opening of car doors averaged 3,285 per year, resulting in 3,792 casualties. In order to effectively minimize accidents, Article 56-1 of the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act was promulgated on November 16, 2016, which stipulates the penal provisions for drivers or passengers improperly opening or closing a car door when making a stop or while parking. Enacted on July 1, 2017, related accidents and casualties in 2017 were respectively reduced to 2,607 and 2,987.
When opening or closing the Vehicles’ doors, drivers and passengers should observe the 5-step precaution measures including look at the side view mirrors, turn around and look behind you, make sure that no pedestrians or vehicles are in sight, open the door to adequate angle with your backhand, make sure it is safe, exit the car quickly, and close the door. If we can all just be more considerate of others, pedestrian and driving safety will be assured significantly.
How Common is it to Find Villages Where Over Half of Their Residents Have an Identical Surname?
How Common is it to Find Villages Where Over Half of Their Residents Have an Identical Surname?
In order to ascertain the development and distribution of surnames in the country, the Ministry published the National Surname Statistical Analysis in October 2018, exploring the correlation between surnames, villages. In 7,761 villages throughout Taiwan, 149 of them have a population where over half of their residents have the same surname. When examined from a municipal level, Yunlin County ranks top with 48 villages, followed by Changhua County and Chiayi County with 34 and 31 respectively. If reviewed according to region, most of these villages are located in 11 municipalities including south of Taichung City, Penghu County, and Kinmen County. In north Taiwan, Taoyuan City is the only candidate with one village. In terms of the ratio of the most prominent surname within these villages, the surname Liu in Liujia villages in Kaohsiung City takes the crown with 69.81%, followed by the surname Lin in Lincuo Village, Yunlin County with 65.46% and the surname Lin in Linjia villages in Kaohsiung City with 54.47%.

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Loss of National ID Card Application and Cancellation of Application (Citizen Digital Certificate not required)
Loss of National ID Card Application and Cancellation of Application (Citizen Digital Certificate not required)
Simply click on the National ID Section of the Department of Household Registration, Ministry of the Interior's official website (https://www.ris.gov.tw), then click on Loss of National ID Card Application and Cancellation of Application (Citizen Digital Certificate not required) and enter your personal details to apply for a loss of National ID Card.
In order to prevent unlawful parties from obtaining your National ID Card and canceling your loss of National ID Card application using the details on the card, when applying for a loss of National ID Card, it is imperative to designate a "predetermined password for cancellation of loss National ID Card application". When applying for cancellation of loss of National ID Card, simply enter the "predetermined password for cancellation of loss National ID Card application" to protect your rights.
Holders of ROC ePassport Aged 16 and Above May Enjoy Express Customs Clearance Service in Australia
Holders of ROC ePassport Aged 16 and Above May Enjoy Express Customs Clearance Service in Australia
Holders of valid ROC ePassport aged 16 and above may clear customs in Australia without prior registration or biometric data. The 2-stage verification method is applied; if the ROC national is entering Australia for the first time, the system will compare the traveler's data with the visa database and store the photo and personal information contained in the passport. If the system verifies that the traveler qualifies for SmartGate, a small card will be issued for the traveler to take to the second stage of the verification process. After inserting the small card into the facial recognition reader, the traveler should stand upright in front of the reader, which will scan the facial features of the traveler and compare them with the passport photo retrieved at the kiosk. If the information match, the gate will open, allowing the traveler to pass through. ROC nationals may now enjoy this fast, convenient customs clearance service!
Birth Registration
Birth Registration
In order to let the public apply for birth registration as early as possible, so as to protect the rights of the newborn baby with government services that are designed to cater to the needs of the public, citizens may apply for birth registration at any household registration office of the special municipality, county or city where their domicile place is registered. In addition, MOI would like to remind the public that in order to implement household register management, birth registrations should be based on the actual domicile place.
Acceptance of Cross-office Applications for Land Registration in Special Municipality Shall Be Piloted from July 1, 2019
Acceptance of Cross-office Applications for Land Registration in Special Municipality Shall Be Piloted from July 1, 2019
Cross-office applications for land registration in special municipality shall be piloted from July 1, 2019, including registrations like change in domicile or name and exchange of certificates, etc. Our goal is to save travel time and cost, and allow people to apply for land registration at any land registration office in special municipality progressively. Welcome to try our new service!
Multiple applications for the service of Instant Notice of Cadastral Changes
Multiple applications for the service of Instant Notice of Cadastral Changes
To prevent fraud in real estate mortgages or transfers and make land administration information available at any time, the service of the Instant Notice of Cadastral Changes has been implemented nationwide since October 31, 2016. People can apply for the service online or at any land administration office. Nowadays, applications along with land registrations have been made available, it is an useful way to protect your property right.

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