Gov't to ease rules to attract white-collar foreign workers
The China Post news staff
September 7, 2012, 12:19 am TWN
The government will move to relax a spate of regulations to attract more white-collar talents to work and stay in Taiwan, including allowing white-collar workers to overstay their residence visas for up to 90 days, sharply up from the existing 15 days, a top immigration official said yesterday.
Hsieh Li-kung, director of the National Immigration Agency (NIA) under the Ministry of the Interior (MOI), said at a seminar on "caring for new immigrants in Taiwan" hosted by the Cathay Charity Foundation that the agency will urge the MOI to revise rules governing stay, residence and permanent residence for foreign nationals in Taiwan to allow white-collar professionals and engineers to stay in Taiwan for a maximum of 90 days right after the expiration of their permits, compared to the current 15 days only.
Hsieh continued that the NIA will also move to amend the Immigration Act to allow the spouses and children of those foreign nationals with permanent residence permits to obtain such permits simultaneously, so as to effectively attract talented professionals to work in Taiwan.
Also attending the seminar, Jennifer Ju-hsuan Wang of the Council of Labor Affairs said that her council has revised the Labor Pension Act to demand employers to contribute monthly pension payments to the individual pension accounts of foreign spouses who are allowed to work in Taiwan, with the payment set at 6 percent of their insured monthly salary. As many as 150,000 new immigrants are expected to benefit from such a policy relaxation.
On another front, the Cabinet-level Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) has recently received a series of proposals from white-collar professionals working in Taiwan on how to build a friendly working environment for foreigners.
One of the proposals calls for the government to include white-collar foreign professionals in the new labor retirement pension system. CEPD's Vice Minister Wu Ming-ji said that if the proposal can be written into the Labor Pension Act, it can effectively encourage white-collar professionals to engage in long-term work in Taiwan.
Wu said the Council of Labor Affairs has agreed to study the feasibility of including white-collar foreign professionals in the new labor pension system.
Another proposal calls for the government to drop the prohibition against white-collar expatriates from moonlighting.
The CEPD stressed that it will work out a set of effective measures based on the proposals raised by foreigners in Taiwan to attract more white-collar foreign professionals to work and stay in Taiwan.
At the moment, there are around 28,000 white-collar foreign workers in Taiwan.