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Policy on Hong Kong, Macau students to be relaxed: NIA

The Ministry of Education and the National Immigration Agency recently streamlined regulations for students from Hong Kong and Macau enrolled in Taiwan schools in order to create a friendlier study environment, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said yesterday.

In an effort to make procedures more convenient, the Education Ministry recently recinded a clause stipulating that Taiwan entry and departure applications for students from Hong Kong and Macau should be submitted by the students' school to NIA service centers within the same region, according to the MAC's press release.

The Education Ministry also established procedures to allow students from Hong Kong and Macau to successfully exit Taiwan in the event of an emergency, the council added.

In order to accommodate the Education Ministry's revisions, the NIA also revised its regulations so that freshman from Hong Kong and Macau can apply for a three-year residency permit after enrollment, which will allow students to enter and exit Taiwan freely before the permit, which can be extended, expires.

The MAC said that the two above-mentioned revisions are conducive toward attracting more students from Hong Kong and Macau to Taiwan.

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