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Gov't to ease residency for Macau, HK grads

TAIPEI -- Macau and Hong Kong students who have completed their studies and are working in Taiwan will be able to obtain permanent residency more easily in the future as part of the country's bid to retain international talent, the Ministry of the Interior said Friday.

The new amendments, introduced to regulations governing Macau and Hong Kong nationals in Taiwan, will allow these two groups of students better access to live in Taiwan on a permanent basis, the ministry said.

Currently, Macau and Hong Kong graduates working in Taiwan must return home and work there for two years before they can apply for permanent residence in Taiwan.

This is an issue for those who want to stay in the country, and the new amendments are aimed at easing the restriction, the ministry said.

Under the amendments, graduates with jobs in Taiwan can apply for permanent residency after working for five consecutive years, during which they must stay in the country for at least 183 days per year.

Applicants must also have an average monthly salary of at least twice the amount of the country's minimum wage for at least the most recent year prior to the date of their application, the ministry said.

They will no longer need to return to Macau or Hong Kong for two years, it said.

The amendment will take effect upon approval by the Executive Yuan, according to the ministry.

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