9 more foreign professionals to become naturalized citizens in Taiwan
Sep 12, 2018CultureComments Off on 9 more foreign professionals to become naturalized citizens in Taiwan
Taipei, Another nine foreign professionals, including a scholar and a robotics expert, have been approved for naturalization in Taiwan without surrendering their original citizenship, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said Wednesday.
In a press release, the ministry said its approval of the nine applicants brings the total number so far to 59 since the relevant new regulations under the Nationality Act were promulgated in March 2017.
The regulations allow for high-level foreign professionals to obtain Republic of China (Taiwan) citizenship without relinquishing their original nationality, as part of the government's efforts to recruit and retain top talent from around the world.
The nine professionals who were approved in the most recent review of applications hold special qualifications in the fields of education, economics, culture and arts, the MOI said.
Among them is an American scholar who has a background in physics and has published a paper on valleytronics, which has been cited in top academic journals, the MOI said.
One of the other professionals is a German expert in the field of robotics, the ministry said.
In the area of arts and culture, a Malaysian woman who was editor of the Performing Arts Yearbook from 2005 to 2007 was also approved for naturalization, the MOI said.
Naturalized citizens in Taiwan have the right to vote in elections and to access social benefits, according to ministry.
Comments Off on Taipei-Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau is promoting mountain tourism at the 4-day Taipei International Travel Fair that began Friday.
The bureau is focusing on five north-south mountain ranges — the Central Mountain, Xueshan, Yushan, Alishan and the Coastal Mountain ranges — in its pavilion at the fair, said bureau Deputy Director-General Chang Shi-chung (???).
Chang said there will be various exhibitions and forums on the mountains of Taiwan, as well as its unique cultural features such as historic trails and aboriginal lifestyles.
Taiwan is preparing to market 2020 as the Year of Mountain Tourism, after its efforts to position the country as an important international mountaineering destination in July, when the government allowed public access to the island’s national parks.
Previously, people who wanted to visit restricted “ecological protected areas” in Taiwan’s national parks had to apply for permits from both the National Police Agency and the Construction and Planning Agency.
Now, however, the Construction and Planning Agency has launched a new mountain permit application portal that requires mountain visitors to apply for only one permit and provides fast-track processing to expedite applications, the bureau said.
Much of Taiwan is covered by mountains, and it has 268 mountains of over 3,000 meters, according to the Tourism Bureau website.
That environment has made hiking and mountain climbing one of the favorite pastimes of Taiwan residents.
The number of permits issued to Taiwanese citizens and foreign nationals for access to trails in Yushan, Taroko and Shei Pa national parks has risen from 153,736 in 2016 to 187,053 in 2017 and 201,526 in 2018, according to Construction and Planning Agency figures.
In 2018, foreign nationals accounted for 7.24 percent of the permits issued.
There will be around 1,700 booths from 60 countries at the fair, to be held Nov. 8-11 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center.
The fair, the largest of its kind in Taiwan, will feature South Korean and Japanese tourism operators amid growing local interest in travel to those countries.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel