Taiwanese citizenship process simplified for foreigners with ‘Plum Blossom’ APRC

Taiwanese citizenship application process streamlined for 90 foreigners who hold a ‘Plum Blossom’ APRC

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/10/02
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The process to apply for Taiwanese citizenship for the 90

Indian American Terence Rodrigues receives Plum Blossom card. (NIA)

foreigners who hold “Plum Blossom” (梅花卡) Alien Permanent Resident Certificates (APRC) has been simplified as of this month, reported CNA.

In order to attract foreign professionals to stay in Taiwan, Deputy Minister of the Interior Hua Ching-chun (花敬群) at a press conference on Sept. 26 announced that the process to apply for Taiwanese citizenship will be simplified for senior professionals who have obtained a Plum Blossom APRC. Starting this month, the 90 Plum Blossom APRC holders who have yet to apply for citizenship, will no longer be required to obtain a recommendation from the agency managing the industry, instead a letter from their employer sent to the National Immigration Agency (NIA) will suffice.

Hua pointed out that if an applicant with the Plum Blossom card had received approval, the naturalization process can begin without the need for an additional review.

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