CORONAVIRUS/Migrant worker import permits extended due to entry ban

Taipei-Employers' permits to hire migrant workers will be automatically extended for three months, as such workers will be barred from entering Taiwan beginning Wednesday as part of a wider entry ban, the Ministry of Labor (MOL) said in a statement Monday.

The extension applies to employers whose permits are due to expire from May 19 to June 30. These permits will be extended for three months automatically, with no need for employers to file an application, the MOL said.

Taiwan brought in 7,249 migrant workers in January, with 6,726 working in the industrial sector and 523 as caregivers, the MOL said.

The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced earlier Monday that starting Wednesday, Taiwan will ban the entry of all arrivals except for Taiwanese citizens and legal residents as the country deals with a surge in domestic COVID-19 cases.

The ban is set to be in place for a month, from May 19 to June 18, though it could be extended depending on the COVID-19 situation in Taiwan, the CECC said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel