New immigrants unhappy with amended naturalization rules

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/12/12
By: C.H. Chen and Flor Wang

Taipei, Dec. 12 (CNA) Several new immigrants groups on Monday expressed their dissatisfaction with the newly amended Nationality Act, saying they still felt belittled even as lawmakers saw the revisions as boosting foreign spouses rights in Taiwan.

Speaking at the Legislative Yuan, representatives of the groups, including New Immigrants Labor Rights Association Chairwoman Liu Qian from China, said they have not felt the sincerity of the government despite the changes made to ease restrictions on the naturalization of foreign spouses.

Among the revisions, foreign spouses who apply for naturalization are no longer required to provide proof they have the financial means or professional skills to support themselves, as had previously been required under Article 3 of the act.

Foreign spouses also now only need to renounce their citizenship in their home country within a year after becoming naturalized in Taiwan. In the past, they were required to renounce their original nationality before applying for ROC nationality.    [FULL  STORY]

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