The Nationality Act has been amended and implemented for more than two years and 502 new immigrants have become nationals of the ROC because of the liberalized naturalization conditions. Additionally, 133 with special contributions to the ROC or foreign professional talent have now acquired the nationality of the ROC via naturalization. Ministry of the Interior (MOI) will continuously listen to the voice of new immigrants and provide friendlier and more convenient services for foreign friends who would like to become nationals of the ROC.
According to MOI, since 2016, the ROC government promoted liberalization of the Nationality Act and innovative services. In addition to the promulgation of amendment of the Nationality Act on December 21, 2016, eight sub-acts have also been amended. After the liberalization, the naturalization of foreign spouses no longer requires the proof of being able to be self-reliant and those who have divorced because of domestic violence, are widowed or raise minors alone are granted with more liberalized naturalization conditions. At present, 502 new immigrants have benefited from the liberalization and become ROC nationals. Among them, 137 suffered domestic violence or are widowed and 365 raise their minors alone.
Furthermore, the policy concept of “Talent Retention and Recruitment” has been currently greatly promoted by the government. In 2016, the Nationality Act has been liberalized to facilitate naturalization of those with special contributions to the ROC and professional talent. They do not need to renounce their original nationality to naturalize to the ROC. At present, 57 with special contributions and 76 foreign professional talents, in total of 133, have become the ROC nationals through naturalization.
MOI, further, stated that in order to provide foreigners friendlier and more convenient services, since October 1st, last year (2018), cooperating with National Immigration Agency, it launched the “one-stop services” to allow foreigners to apply for naturalization, and the residence and permanent residence of nationals without household registration, and initial household registration at Household Registration Offices and to save them troubles to travel around governmental agencies. Until March 12th this year (2019), 630 foreigners used the one-stop convenient services when applying for naturalization.
For foreigners holding a “Plum Blossom Card” and looking for naturalization, MOI now would actively inquire the agreement of relevant organization for recommendation exempting from the required reviewing by committee. By doing so, foreign professional talent will have a shorter waiting time before they can acquire ROC nationals.
In addition, MOI also utilizes inter-departmental data integration mechanism to search relevant information at the Household Registration Offices. When applying for naturalization, foreigners do not need to submit financial bank statements, certificate of residence in ROC, and language ability proof; at the same time, MOI especially compiles the flow chart in eight languages including English, Vietnamese, Indonesian, and Thai for foreign spouses to understand the process from marriage registration to the receiving of national identification cards.
As pointed out by MOI, in the future, rules and regulations will be continuously examined and information system will be strengthened for the nationality naturalization process to allow foreign residents in ROC to enjoy various friendly and convenient governmental services with the building of a diverse, culturally tolerant, and immigrant friendly environment.