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2017-03-27 09:00
Immigration Act amended to protect human rights by easing restrictions on Tibetans to stay in Taiwan
In order to protect the human rights of Tibetans in Taiwan, an amendment to paragraph 4 of Article 16 of the Immigration Act went into effect after it was made public on Nov. 16, 2016, easing the restrictions on those Tibetans who have already lived in Taiwan to remain in the country. The amended content stipulates that the National Immigration Agency should grant permission to reside in Taiwan to Tibetans who meet the following criteria: 1. Those who had entered Taiwan before June 29, 2016 and who were stateless in India or Nepal; 2. Those whom the authorities had not been able to deport from Taiwan, and 3. Those whose identification have been verified by a review panel set up under the Cabinet’s Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission.

The government went about amending the Immigration Act to ease the restrictions on Tibetans already in Taiwan to remain in the country as part of its efforts to protect human rights and to fulfill its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The law was amended also because of the hardship endured by the Tibetans who have lived in Taiwan for years without a legal status. On Dec. 1, 2016, the authorities began to accept applications from Tibetans in Taiwan who wish to stay in Taiwan legally.

To make the application procedure easier, Tibetans in Taiwan can submit relevant documents to the NIA service center closest to where they live. After an applicant’s qualification is certified by a preliminary assessment of the review panel, he or she will be notified by a NIA Specialized Operation Brigade to first turn themselves in before applying for residence. For information on documents required for making the application, please visit the NIA website.

If you have questions on how Tibetans in Taiwan can apply for residence in the country, you can also contact the NIA Border Affairs Corps in northern, central and southern Taiwan (Telephone numbers: North 02-2961-1356 ext. 109, Central 04-2260-8377ext. 222, South 07-235-3268 ext. 122) or the Second Residence Affairs Desk under the NIA’s Immigration Affairs Division (Telephone number: 02-2388-9393ext. 2558) for further information. The NIA shall try its best to provide assistance.

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