TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said in an English news release on Feb. 11, reinforcing the government's dedication to revising "the numerical format of the ROC uniform ID number for foreigners in accordance with that of the national ID card, so as to retain foreign talents in Taiwan and enable them to live with dignity.”
Minister of the Interior Hsu Kuo-Yung (徐國勇) said during an interview with the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei’s Taiwan Business TOPICS magazine that the MOI intends to remove structural control by changing the format of the uniform ID number for foreigners from “two English letters followed by eight Arabic numerals” to “one English letter followed by nine Arabic numerals,” same as the national ID card, according to the MOI.
The ministry said it is mulling the change in an effort to increase convenience for foreigners living in Taiwan and their sense of belonging to the country by allowing them "to perform online shopping, ticketing, hospital registration, or join memberships like Taiwanese people."
The ministry also said that they are "coordinating with various departments and key private organizations to help integrate information systems and equipment in the public/private sector."
The system reform will "enable foreigners living in Taiwan to enjoy the convenience as associate citizens" in terms of food, clothing, accommodation, and transportation, the ministry said.
According to the minister, the MOI will expedite the implementation process, and continue to extend warm hospitality to all foreigners living in Taiwan.