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China spouses want Taiwan ID sooner

China spouses want Taiwan ID sooner

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Spouses from China complained Friday that the period to acquire a Taiwanese ID was still too long despite efforts by the government, reports said.
The Mainland Affairs Council had an amendment approved in 2009 which shortened the application period to six years from the original eight, but many spouses said the whole process sometimes still took more than seven years.
Chinese spouse Yang Junjie said that even though it was possible to look for work with only an Alien Resident Certificate, many employers still did not want to give work to someone who did not hold a Taiwanese ID yet. She said she would be proud to say she was “a daughter-in-law of Taiwan” and that she should not be looked down upon.
Another Chinese spouse, Sun Baoyan, said that when she visited the local tax office to apply for certain documents to be able to pay taxes, she was turned away because she did not hold proof of citizenship yet. Even though in theory she should be able to obtain a Taiwanese ID in six years, she said it was still necessary to register and as it were “wait in line” for the application to be processed.
Shi Xueyan, an activist on behalf of foreign spouses’ rights, said that some spouses needed to wait eight or nine years, while if their marriage encountered problems during that time or their Taiwanese spouse died, they would be sent back to their country of origin.


Updated : 2021-09-26 08:20 GMT+08:00