Taipei, More than two years after the amended Nationality Act took effect in December 2016, over 600 foreign nationals have successfully become naturalized Republic of China (ROC) citizens, data released by the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) showed Saturday.
According to the MOI, since December 2016, 502 foreign spouses, 76 highlevel professionals and 57 individuals deemed to have made a special contribution to Taiwan, were naturalized as citizens.
Under the revised Nationality Act, foreign spouses of Taiwan nationals do not have to submit financial statements when applying for naturalization, which has made the process easier for them.
In addition, naturalization restrictions have been relaxed on foreign spouses who have divorced an ROC national because of domestic violence and not since remarried, or where their ROC spouse has died and they have not remarried.
The eased restrictions also apply to those who need to support young children who are ROC citizens, after a divorce or the death of their ROC spouse.
Of the 502 foreign spouses who have become naturalized citizens, 137 divorced an ROC national because of domestic violence and have not since remarried, or their ROC spouse died and they have not remarried, while 365 divorced or lost their spouse and need to work to support young children who are ROC citizens, the data showed.
As for foreign professionals or those who have already made a special contribution to the ROC, the Nationality Act does not require them to relinquish their original citizenship before being naturalized in Taiwan, unlike foreign spouses.
The ministry will continue to provide a userfriendly application process for those foreign nationals who want to become naturalized, the MOI said.
For example, it works with the National Immigration Agency to provide onestop services for naturalization applicants, so they can submit naturalization applications to the household registration office in the district where they live, making the process much simpler.
The review process for foreign talent who hold permanent residency and apply for naturalization in Taiwan has also been streamlined, the MOI said.
In addition, the ministry has established a website in multiple languages including English, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Thai, so foreign spouses have a better understanding how to obtain ROC nationality.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel