NIA plans to lift 183-day rule on foreign residents
September 4, 2012, 12:09 am TWN
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.