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Yuan admits making application for permanent residency in U.S.

Incoming representative to U.S. says his privacy has been violated

Yuan admits making application for permanent residency in U.S.

Taiwan's incoming representative to the United States, Jason Yuan (袁健生), admitted late on Friday night in Washington that he had indeed applied for U.S. permanent residence in 2004. Earlier in the day, an opposition Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker accused him of doing so, and challenged his loyalty to the nation.
Yuan, however, said he had officially filed for a termination of the application process early this month.
"I currently only hold a U.S. employment authorization card that requires renewal every year, but I do not hold a green card or U.S. citizenship, or citizenships of any other country," Yuan claimed in a written statement.
Yuan added that he will take legal action against various people, including legislators, whom he said have seriously violated his privacy by making public his personal data.
Yuan was referring to DPP Legislator Kuan Bi-ling who disclosed, in the Legislative Yuan on Friday morning, that Yuan applied for permanent residence in America in 2004 and claimed he was currently on a green card waiting list.
To support her accusation, Kuan even revealed what she claimed was Yuan's immigration visa number yesterday in the Legislative Yuan.
Yuan, who has served as a Kuomintang and People First Party representative to the U.S. since February 2004, said in the statement that he applied for the residence through a lawyer that year to facilitate his job.
However, in late May, after the KMT's Ma won presidency, he told the U.S. government that he would terminate his residence application if he were to return to public service in Taiwan government, he said.
He officially filed for a termination of the application in early June, he noted.
Yuan was one of the many Taiwanese senior officials who were caught in the middle of a green card storm over the past weeks.
One of these officials was Yuan's future boss, Foreign Minister Francisco Ou (歐鴻鍊).
Ou admitted and apologized earlier this week for holding a green card during his previous position as the ambassador to Taiwan's central America ally, Guatemala.
Ou did not renounce the status until April when he was told that he would be heading MOFA.
Even though The Civil Servants Work Act only stipulates that dual nationality is not permissible, and does not forbid any other form of permanent residency, the DPP camp believes that holding, or applying for, a green card calls an individual's loyalty into question.
In response to the snowballing green card issue, a KMT lawmaker yesterday unveiled his plan to push for an amendment to the Nationality Act to set out clear guidelines on whether a public servant is allowed to hold permanent resident status of another country.


Updated : 2021-05-11 02:37 GMT+08:00