Want China Times
Taiwan’s Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) on Sunday said that an Immigration Act
amendment draft bill has been submitted for review, aiming to address difficulties faced by overseas Taiwanese compatriots, including those from the Philippines, who have overstayed their visas and not completed the required household registrations.
Compatriots who have overstayed their visas are unable to obtain a National Identification Card or apply for the National Health Insurance, according to accounts from overseas Taiwanese compatriots.
Taiwanese compatriots residing in the Philippines also appealed for residency and employment rights.
The OCAC said that the new bill is the result of extensive inter-departmental collaboration among the relevant government agencies including the National Immigration Agency, the Ministry of Labor, and the National Health Insurance Administration through numerous seminars and forum events over the past few years. [FULL STORY]