New rules extend residency rights to more Tibetans

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 02, 2016
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter

Exiled Tibetans who arrived between 2009 and June 29 are to be granted legal status entitling them to work and live in Taiwan, following the Legislative Yuan’s passage yesterday of an amendment to the Immigration Act (入出國及移民法).

The existing law stipulates that “stateless people from India or Nepal who entered Taiwan between May 21, 1999, and Dec. 31, 2008, and who cannot be repatriated may be allowed to reside in Taiwan by the National Immigration Agency if their status has been verified by the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission.”

The amendment to Article 16 of the Immigration Act stretches the timeframe to June 29 this year.

Those covered by the amendment can apply for a permanent resident card or a national identification card after meeting residency terms.     [FULL  STORY]

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