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Foreign worker ID card processing to be expedited

TAIPEI--Taiwan will shorten the time needed for foreign workers in Taiwan to get ID cards so that it can better protect the workers' rights and manage the country's foreign population, the National Immigration Agency said.

Beginning July 16, foreign workers will be able to obtain an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) in 10 days rather than the 30 days currently needed, the agency said.

Under the measure, foreign workers entering Taiwan on a resident visa can obtain an ARC valid for six months within 10 days after presenting the agency with recruitment approval letters issued by the Council of Labor Affairs.

In the past, workers had to provide work permits issued by the council, which take around 30 days to be processed, in order to get an ARC.

The measure will shorten the time it takes for foreign workers to apply for labor and NHI in Taiwan, the agency said.

Hsieh Li-kung, director-general of the agency, said that his agency has revised the ARC application procedure so as not to affect foreign workers' access to labor and health insurance.

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