CEPD mulls changes to dual citizenship limits
By Ted Chen, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- In a bid to attract more higher-skilled talent to Taiwan's workforce, a governing party yesterday indicated that it is considering lowering limitations imposed on individuals holding dual citizenship.
August 21, 2013, 12:10 am TWN
According to the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD, 經建會), current regulations stipulated by the Nationality Act (國籍法) are worth reassessment, as the option to renounce one's original citizenship may turn away qualified individuals from working in Taiwan.
The move follows the case of basketball star Quincy Davis, a former U.S. national, who renounced citizenship in June 2013 to naturalize as a Taiwanese. Davis' efforts later assisted the Taiwan team in reaching the final four in the FIBA Asia Championship this year.
In addition, the CEPD stated that certain stipulations in the Nationality Act are obsolete in light of current times, in particular the disparity of standards between foreign nationals of “Chinese origin,” and those who are not considered “overseas Chinese.”
CEPD officials stated that regulations are heavily geared toward foreign nationals who are considered overseas Chinese or of Chinese origin, as they are allowed to retain dual citizenship, with the exception that they must renounce their second citizenship prior to taking employment posts in the public sector. In contrast, foreign nationals who do not meet these conditions are required to forgo their second nationality.
The CEPD stated that the legacy clauses at the time were designed to commend the contributions of overseas Chinese rendered during Taiwan's founding years. However, CEPD officials remarked it is rather counter intuitive to impose more stringent national loyalty measures upon “non-Chinese” foreign nationals than overseas Chinese.