NIA - Keep Families Together
Petition to National Immigration Agency of Taiwan (NIA) to grant permanent residency and work permits to the children and spouses of foreign professionals who are holders of Alien Permanent Residency Certificates (APRC).
在台獲准永久居留證的外籍專業人士為其配偶及家人向台灣 入出國及移民署 請求申請台灣的永久居留證和工作證
Over the years many foreign professionals established themselves with their families in Taiwan. Fifteen to twenty years later, their children, who were born or grew up here, identify themselves with Taiwan as their home country. However, because the current law does not consider them any more dependents of their parents, they now are forced to leave Taiwan. This situation creates distress for the entire family which is torn apart while the young adults have to start anew in a country where they often have no foundation. Also, the fact that spouses don’t receive their own work permit complicates their integration into Taiwan society. In case of unpredictable events (accident or death of spouse, divorce etc.) they and their children have to leave the country within a short period of time.
As a solution we request a modification of Article 15 (Amended date: 2012.10.25) “Regulations Governing Visiting, Residency, and Permanent Residency of Aliens” by removing the condition "based upon the investment immigration" so that
- foreign spouses and minor dependents of APRC holders will also be eligible for an APRC together with the main applicant
- young adults who were born in or entered Taiwan as minor dependents of APRC holders and who are currently residing in Taiwan (for example because of university study) will also be eligible for an APRC
- young adults who were born in or entered Taiwan as minor dependents of APRC holders but were forced to leave because of the regulations will also be eligible for an APRC upon request
Granting APRCs to all family members of the main APRC applicant will allow the families to stay together and lead a normal life. It will also provide safety in case of misfortune. The nation of Taiwan will benefit from the contributions of a thriving international community, which loves Taiwan, keeps its laws and pays their taxes.