Foreign experts no longer need permit to deliver speeches
By Janice Lin, Special to The China Post
July 11, 2014, 12:05 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Executive Yuan yesterday passed amendments to the Employment Services Act to allow certain international teachers and professors to accept offers to give speeches from private and public universities in the future without the burden of acquiring a work permit.
Based on the amendments, agencies that take in illegal foreign laborers will face punishments, as is also the case for foreign laborers who attempt to run away from their contractual obligations.
In recent years, many agencies detained foreign laborers' residence permits or passports as methods to control their actions and whereabouts, according to the Executive Yuan. Even with the consent of the foreign laborers, it is inappropriate for the agencies to manipulate foreign laborers' rights, the Executive Yuan said.
One of the biggest changes made through the amendments is for international professors or experts, according to the Executive Yuan.
According to the amendment, if one is recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education, one need not apply for a work permit to remain in Taiwan.
Local media have reported that when National Taiwan University (NTU) invited a Nobel Prize winner to teach as a visiting professor, the Ministry of Labor insisted that he acquire a work permit despite the limited length of his proposed stay; a move described by the academic as "disrespectful."
The change to the Employment Services Act increases the severity of punishments that illegal foreign laborers may face. Based on the amendment, the punishment will not only fall on the illegal foreign laborers but also the agency and people who are responsible for them.
The fine for illegal intermediaries has been increased to between NT$300,000 and NT$1,500,000, which is three times the past amount of NT$100,000 to NT$500,000. The amendment also increased possible jail time from less than a year to less than five years.