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Cabinet to check officials' foreign residency status

Cabinet to check officials' foreign residency status

The Cabinet will begin a two-stage investigation into whether government officials hold permanent residency in foreign countries and will announce the results of the first stage Tuesday morning at the latest, the Cabinet's spokeswoman said Monday.
The first-stage investigation will focus on all ministry heads, while the second-stage probe will target all politically appointed officials, including those posted overseas, Government Information Office Minister Vanessa Y.P. Shih said.
Ministry heads will be asked to fill out a form to detail whether they have or have had permanent residency status in a foreign country, and when it expired or when they had given it up, Shih explained.
Shih said that since Premier Liu Chao-shiuan has said he does not wish any Cabinet member to have permanent residence status in a foreign country, any official who has residency status but lies about it will be dismissed from the Cabinet.
The announcement was another in a wave of the Cabinet's efforts to deal with a campaign initiated by opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers that is questioning the allegiance of several officials in the KMT administration over dual citizenship or U.S. green card issues.


Updated : 2021-04-22 02:37 GMT+08:00