By: K.H. Wen and Lillian Lin
Taipei, Sept. 18 (CNA) The Legislative Yuan approved a revision of the regulations regarding work permits for foreign domestic caretakers Friday, allowing them, under special circumstances, to work in Taiwan for a maximum 14 years.
After completing the third reading of a revision of the foreign workers employment law, the legislature adopted the new bill to allow foreign domestic caretakers who have worked in Taiwan for 12 years a further extension of their work permits for two more years.
Under the current regulations, the work permits of foreign workers doing family nursing jobs in Taiwan are limited to a maximum of three years, but under special circumstances, the employer can apply for a further extension not exceeding a total of 12 years.
The new bill also exempts the obligation of employers to pay the Employment Security Fee — NT$2,000 per month — for nursing helpers if the employers can prove that they are classified as low-income families. [FULL STORY]