Davis' success may spur citizenship changes
CNATAIPEI -- Taiwan's National Immigration Agency (NIA, 移民署) will use the case of Quincy Davis III to urge other government departments to make it easier for the country to attract international talent, the chief of the agency said yesterday.
August 13, 2013, 12:28 am TWN
Davis' performance at the just-concluded FIBA Asia Championship validated the government's speedy processing in July of the basketball player's application to become a naturalized citizen based on his ability to “make a special contribution to the country and society,” said NIA Director-General Hsieh Li-kung (謝立功).
For Davis to be on Taiwan's national team in time for the tournament, which began Aug. 1 in Manila, his application to become a Republic of China (Taiwan) citizen was approved in a matter of days.
Taiwan finished fourth in the event, its best finish at the biennial Asian basketball championship since 1999, and Davis was a major contributor.
He started all nine of his adopted country's games during the tournament and averaged 14.7 points and 9 rebounds a game while shooting 73.3 percent from the floor.
In Taiwan's dramatic upset win over China on Aug. 9 that caught the imagination of the country's people, he made all but one of his 13 shots and led the team with 26 points and 10 rebounds.
Without elaborating, Hsieh said that there was plenty of room for improvement in the government's policy on the recruitment of foreign nationals who could make a contribution to Taiwan's development.
The NIA will work with other government departments to ease restrictions and to provide incentives in order to attract foreign talent, he said.
As of December 2012, there were 27,624 foreign professionals working in Taiwan, according to Council of Labor Affairs statistics.
The total includes 14,465 people employed in specialized or technical fields, 5,615 English-language institute teachers, 2,445 school teachers, 1,948 working in the fields of religion, entertainment or the arts, 1,853 business executives, 1,269 contract workers and 29 sportsmen or coaches.