Review Criteria Governing Application of Permanent Residency for Foreigner
1.Entire Regulations with 3 Articles were enacted and promulgated by Order Tai- Nei-Ching-Tzu No. 0910075898 of the Ministry of the Interior on May 31,2002 and came into effect on the same date.
2.The title and articles were amended by Decree Tai-Nei-Yi-Tzu No.0971028311 of the Ministry of the Interior on November 14, 2008, and set to be effective on the same date. The title was “Directions governing establishment of review committee for foreigners who have special contribution to Taiwan or are senior professional personnel needed in Taiwan applying for permanent residence.
3.The title and articles were amended by Decree Tai-Nei-Yi-Tzu No. 1010933270 of the Ministry of the Interior on July 27, 2012, and came into effect on the same date. The title was “Operation Directions governing foreigners applying for permanent residence according to Paragraph 3, Article 25 of the Immigration Act”.
4.The amendment of the review criteria was announced and was set to be effective by the Minister of the Interior Decree Tai-Nei-Yi-Tzu No. 10509604092 on January 8, 2016
The Review Criteria is enacted in accordance with Article 88 of the Immigration Act (hereinafter referred to as “the Act”) to review the application of permanent residency for foreigner, as stated in Paragraph 3, Article 25 of the Act.
The term "special contribution to the State," as stated in Subparagraph 1 of Paragraph 3, Article 25 of the Act, refers to one of the following conditions:
Have been awarded a medal from the President by the Orders Act.
Have been awarded by a governmental entity above the ministerial level.
Have been awarded by an international organization or ranked the top five in an known international competition, which could benefit and enhance the competitive strength of the relevant technology and talent grooming in the State.
Have contributed remarkably in the fields of democracy, human rights, religion, national defense, diplomacy, education, culture, arts, economy, finance, medicine, sports or other areas to the State.
Have promoted international image of the State beneficially.
Have made other outstanding merits to the State.
The term " senior professional personnel needed in the State," as stated in Subparagraph 2 of Paragraph 3, Article 25 of the Act, refers to one of the following:
Possess the professional skills in the emerging industries, critical techniques or critical components and products.
Possess the unique and rare talent in special technology or the research and development of a scientific and technological institution; acquiring the outstanding achievements in nanotechnology, MEMS technology, optoelectronics technology, information and telecommunications technologies, automation technology in system integration, material application technology, high-precision sensing systems, bio-technologies, resource development or energy conservation, or cutting-edge basic research, in which the related expertise is urgently needed or cannot be cultivated in the State within a short period of time.
Possess the unique and rare talent in managerial work or have made special achievements in fields of highways, high-speed railways, the system of Mass Rapid Transit, telecommunications, aviation, navigation, deep-water construction, meteorology, or seismology, in which the related expertise is urgently needed or cannot be cultivated in the State within a short period of time.
Have special achievements in science, research, industry, commerce or education and the possessed expertise could be utilized essentially to benefit the economy, industry, education or welfare of the State, and currently is employed for the expertise and reside in the State.
Being a current or former chair professor, professor, associate professor, or assistant professor in a foreign university and currently is employed by an educational, academic or research institution in the State.
Being a current or former researcher, associate researcher or assistant researcher in a foreign research institution and currently is employed by an educational, academic or research institution in the State.
Have a doctoral degree, currently engaged in an educational, academic or research institution in the State, and received an international academic award or had an important professional publication.
Have currently or formerly engaged for more than four (4) years in a research in a foreign research institution, a scientific and technological research and development in a scientific and technological institution or a managerial work, and currently is employed by an educational, academic or research institution in the State.
Have made outstanding achievement in industrial technology which has been recognized and accredited internationally, and such achievement is beneficial to optimize the industrial technology of the State.
Have ranked in the top three in the Olympic Games or World Cup, was the champion in an Inter-continental game, or have other outstanding performance in the special tournaments which could benefit and enhance the competitive strength of our State’s athletes.
Being a former coach for a national team, and through his/her training, the athletes in the team have ranked in the top five in the Olympic Games or World Cup, the top three in an Inter-Continental Games, or have other outstanding performance in the special tournaments which could benefit and enhance the competitive strength of our State’s athletes.
Being sponsored by the other central competence authorities.
Regarding to the immigration case, the Ministry of the Interior shall preferentially consult with the central competent authorities for the verification prior to convening a review committee, and all comments provided by the authorities are collected and submitted to the review committee for further review. When the foreigners apply for permanent residency in accordance with Subparagraph 1 of Item 2, the case is then submitted to the review committee for future reference after the application of permanent residency is reviewed and granted within the discretion of the National Immigration Agency, the Minister of the Interior.
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