For now, the naturalization process takes up to two months.
By: Teng Pei-ju, Taiwan News, Staff Writer.
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) —Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior (MOI) is proposing the streamlining of the
naturalization application process to enable foreigners awarded for a special contribution to be able to obtain a Taiwanese ID card within 10 days.
For now, the naturalization process takes up to two months to complete. First, applicants have to submit their applications to a Household Registration Office near their residences. The application will be reviewed by the local government, the MOI, and the Executive Yuan. After the application is approved, the applicant has to apply for a residence card at the National Immigration Agency, and then apply for an ID card back at the Household Registration Office.
In order to simplify the process, the MOI proposed that the application not go through the Executive Yuan, thus shortening the process to 10 days. However, the MOI’s proposal still needs to be approved by the Executive Yuan.
The proposal was made after the death of Jerry Martinson, an American Jesuit missionary and educator who died one day before receiving his Taiwanese ID card, prompting discussions about the naturalization procedures, which have been criticized for being complicated and time-consuming.