Amended law will aim to attract China talent
By Linger Liu, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Luring more brainpower from across the strait to Taiwan will require loosening up work permit regulations, said the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) yesterday.
March 15, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
Increasing the number of the white-collar talents from the mainland will increase the global competitiveness of local enterprises, said the MAC. The council is planning to review permit regulations allowing mainland talents to work in Taiwan, the MAC said.
The public, however, has raised questions regarding the increased regulatory flexibility that may cause mainland workers to apply for illegal jobs in Taiwan, according to local media reports. The MAC said the National Immigration Agency and the Ministry of Economic Affairs have been working in-line with the council to evaluate an amendment to ensure the screening system for illegal workers is well-designed.
According to the MAC, the immigration agency could check the work-permit holders without advance notice. The MAC said the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) will restrict the regulation of permit applications. There will be an application committee from the MOI to conduct cross-department examinations on applications.
Mainland Tries to Attract Taiwanese Workers
Previously the MAC said the Xiamen Municipal Government should not support vicious competition to attract talented Taiwan workers to Xiamen by providing attractive packages on housing and family members' education. According to the MAC, cross-strait talents cooperation should be based on equal opportunity in the sharing of business opportunities and human talents.
Xiamen City plans to hire around 300 Taiwanese to boost its economy, according to the Xiamen government. The council said Taiwanese are not eligible to work as members of political institutions on the mainland, so if the job opportunities on the mainland are not in those sectors, Taiwanese can legally apply for work permits on the mainland.