Taiwan rewards top expat talent with easy citizenship

Published:  2 Nov at 6 PM
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Tagged: Visas, Citizenship, China
Top expat talent in Taiwan now has a straightforward route to citizenship.

The 90 expatriates in Taiwan who hold the coveted ‘Plum Blossom’ Alien Permanent Residency Certificates now have a simplified route to become Taiwanese citizens. The new citizenship procedure will apply to those senior expat professionals who’ve provided exceptional services to the country via their expertise and received the ‘Plum Blossom’ residency cards for their efforts. Those wishing to apply for nationalisation will only have to submit a letter from their employer rather than having to be recommended by the government agency overseeing the industry in which they’re working.

The main thrust behind the new rules is to both attract more top professionals to Taiwan and to ensure those already in residence are happy to stay. Basically, it’s a positive response to the attempts from an even increasing number of countries to net the brightest and best professionals by offering serious perks in addition to high salaries and a luxurious lifestyle. The ‘Plum Blosson’ card was the first incentive, and is given to those who’ve received special awards, made outstanding contributions or are specialised professionals in a number of different fields.

Applicants who’ve received the card don’t need to be living in Taiwan for five years before they can apply to get permanent residency, and spouses and children can also be included. Card holders have other privileges such as open-ended work permits and the right to freely apply for positions without needing potential employers to apply on their behalf. The schemes are similar to those introduced in China earlier this year, and reflect the fierce competition across world countries for the top professionals in various fields, especially the tech sector.
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