By: Wang Cheng-chung and Flor Wang
Taipei, Jan. 24 (CNA) The time required for holders of Taiwan’s Plum Blossom Card to become naturalized Taiwanese citizens has been reduced by four or five months under a revised regulation, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said Thursday.
The decision to expedite the process was made earlier in the day during an MOI meeting, based on an amendment to the Standards for Defining High-Level Professionals for Naturalization.
Effective immediately, holders of the Plum Blossom Card can apply for Taiwan citizenship without having to obtain a recommendation letter from the government agency in charge of the line of their business, even if they have lived in Taiwan for less than five years, the MOI said.
This will help reduce the naturalization process by four or five months, the ministry said.