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NIA plans to lift 183-day rule on foreign residents

TAIPEI -- The National Immigration Agency (NIA) is preparing a draft amendment for the Legislature that proposes the withdrawal of the regulation stipulating foreign residents must live in the country for at least 183 days per year to keep residency, the NIA head said in an interview broadcast Monday.

In addition, the draft amendment will also allow foreign residents to keep their permanent residency even if they live outside Taiwan for a long period of time, NIA Director-General Hsieh Li-kung said in a recent interview with International Community Radio Taipei, the only English-language radio station in Taiwan.

The period of time, however, will be limited to a maximum of five continuous years, he noted.

The official said he expects the Legislative Yuan to quickly pass the amendment bill after lawmakers start discussing the proposal.

1 Comment
September 4, 2012    milkalex@
When are they going to remove that stupid 183 days tax rule that starts every year? Even in Australia I can get taxed as a local if commit to stay 6 month in the same area. If I leave earlier I need to repay those taxes. Why can't Taiwan do the same?
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