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Mainlanders can't use service pact to immigrate: NIA

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- National Immigration Agency Director-General Hsieh Li-kung (謝立功) yesterday denied the rumor that the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement will allow people from mainland China to immigrate to Taiwan after making a NT$6 million investment.

During an agreement-signing ceremony at Chien Hsin University of Science and Technology, Hsieh said that the service trade pact will only allow mainland Chinese to stay in Taiwan for a year.

Hsieh also said that the service trade pact will bring more job opportunities for new immigrants in Taiwan.

“According to regulations, all the business owners, mangers and technicians that work for companies that are invested in by mainland Chinese can only stay in Taiwan for a year,” said Hsieh. “They will not receive a Taiwanese identification card.”

“The regulations that state the amount of time the business owners and managers can stay in Taiwan will remain the same after the service trade pact is signed,” said Hsieh.

According to Hsieh, each mainland Chinese company that invests more than US$200,000 in Taiwan can apply to have two owners come and stay in Taiwan. For every US$500,000 that the company increases in its investment, Hsieh said, it can apply to bring one more person to Taiwan.

“However, each mainland Chinese invested-company cannot bring more than seven people to Taiwan as business owners,” said Hsieh.

According to Hsieh, in order for a mainland Chinese company to apply to bring a manager or technician to Taiwan, it has to invest more than US$300,000, and with each US$500,000 the company puts toward the investment, it can bring one more person to Taiwan.

“Also, no company is allowed to bring more than seven people from mainland China, and it can only bring one manager to Taiwan regardless of the amount of investment it puts in Taiwan,” said Hsieh.

According to the website that the National Immigration Agency (NIA) founded with a job bank, most of the job positions that are open to new immigrants are from service fields. Therefore, Hsieh said that once the service trade pact is carried out, the job opportunities for new immigrants will increase.

The NIA said that after signing the agreement with Chien Hsin University of Science and Technology, the agency will provide overseas Chinese and international students services in taking care of visas and assist new international students in further understanding the regulations.

The NIA said that through the agreement, students of Chien Hsin University of Science and Technology can also go to the agency and give advice to foreigners and new immigrants on their lives in Taiwan.

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