NIA - Keep Families Together
  • Petitioning Taiwan National Immigration Agency

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NIA - Keep Families Together

    1. Ralph and Grazyna Jensen
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      Ralph and Grazyna Jensen

      Kaohsiung, Taiwan

NIA - Keep Families Together

入出國及移民署 ﹣家人團聚

 

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.


歷年來許多外籍專業人士在台灣落地生根,他們在台灣建立和經營他們的家庭,15年20年之後,這些外籍小孩,他們生在這裡,長在這裡,他們認同台灣就是他們的國家。然而,因為現行法律的規定,導致他們在成年後必須要被迫離開台灣。由於新成年的子女將被迫到一個完全沒有基礎的國家重新開始生活,這樣的情形,也讓整個家庭陷入被迫分離居住的痛苦中。另外,外籍專業人士的配偶若能獲得台灣的永久居留證和工作證, 將有助於他們融入台灣當地的生活,假若有不可預測的意外之事(例如配偶的意外或死亡,或離婚等等),他們的配偶和小孩就可以不用在限期內離境。


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

為解決此一問題,我們請求修改 “外國人停留居留及永久居留辦法”第15條的規定並放寬擴大適用於在台所有外國專業人士的配偶及其未成年子女永久居留證的申請

如此

﹣ 外籍專業人士的配偶及其未成年子女可隨主申請人同時獲得台灣的永久居留證。
﹣ 在台灣出生現已成年或在原入境台灣時為未成年的子女但現仍合法居留在台者(如在大學就讀的學生)能隨主申請人同時獲得台灣的永久居留證。
﹣  現已成年但在原入境台灣時為未成年的子女,在成年後已被迫離台者亦可隨主申請人同時獲得台灣的永久居留證。


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.

若能讓台獲准永久居留證的外籍專業人士的每位家庭成員隨同主申請人同時獲得永久居留證,是對家人團聚居住的考量,同時也是在若有不幸事件發生時提供一個安心的保障。他們愛在台灣居住也會遵守法律和繳交稅捐,他們的居留也是有助於台灣社會國際多元化的發展。

 

 

To:
Taiwan National Immigration Agency
NIA - Please Keep Families Together
入出國及移民署 ﹣家人團聚

Sincerely,
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    News

    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. TVBS News

      Ralph and Grazyna Jensen
      Petition Organizer

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    3. An interview for Radio Taiwan International (RTI)

      Ralph and Grazyna Jensen
      Petition Organizer

      http://english.rti.org.tw/programalertinfo.aspx?tid=D25E2E3CD5AB6447
      To listen, click on one of the little icons under the title "Women Making Waves."

    4. Foreigners For Taiwan

      Ralph and Grazyna Jensen
      Petition Organizer

      There are a number of wider issues affecting foreigners which are not mentioned in the petition. This open group (Foreigners For Taiwan) has been created to provide a platform for discussing these issues.
      We will also provide updates of recent developments.
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    5. Reached 1,000 signatures
    6. An earlier article in Taiwan Li Bau (in Chinese)

      Ralph and Grazyna Jensen
      Petition Organizer

      台灣是我家 外國女孩望落地生根 - 台灣立報

      【記者李宜霖台北報導】「我在台灣生活了15年,我真的很愛台灣,台灣就是我家!」22歲雷堤娜目前就讀於國立臺灣藝術大學舞蹈系四年級,爸爸是德國人,媽媽是波蘭人,但即將畢業的她,卻面臨無法永久居留,失根無著。6歲來台 同學:她是

    7. China Post (Sep. 18, 2013)

      Ralph and Grazyna Jensen
      Petition Organizer

      A long way to stay 'home'

      In just a few days, Ralph and Grazyna Jensen's "NIA - Keep Families Together" petition gathered 750 signatures. Thanks to such strong support, their elder daughter, Krystyna, handed on Monday a copy of their petition to the National Immigration Agency (NIA, 內政部入出國及移民署), hoping for an attentive ear to her legal quandary.

    8. Article in China Post (Sep. 18, 2013) about our experience in Taiwan

      Ralph and Grazyna Jensen
      Petition Organizer

      Make 'Taiwan Dream' come true

      Since childhood I have been interested in Asia. I was fascinated by the culture, the people, the vegetation, the animals, tropical fruits - just about everything. Even today, after more than 15 years of living here, palm trees and rice fields up and down the road still elicit a sense of wonder.

    9. Reached 750 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Robert Platford XINDIAN DISTRICT, TAIWAN
      • about 10 hours ago

      I am invested in Taiwan in multiple ways. I have a business here with my wife. I have two children here that are Taiwan citizens. If something happened to my wife or us, I would be forced out and where who would take care of my children or my business.

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    • Michael Schram TAICHUNG, TAIWAN
      • 9 days ago

      I'm a long time resident of Taiwan from Canada, and considerate it my home. It's time for social development and to embrace pluralism.

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    • Hanro van Wyk TAOYUAN CITY, TAIWAN
      • about 1 month ago

      It's important because some people live here and pay tax... they deserve this basic right.

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    • Jamieson Alton TAIPEI, TAIWAN
      • about 1 month ago

      I have friends who have directly suffered from Taiwanese government regulations which forced them apart and to live in separate countries for the rest of their lives. This is cruel and inhumane!

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    • George Ponzoni TAOYUAN CITY, TAIWAN
      • 3 months ago

      Should be evident why a child born in Taiwan should normally be Taiwanese .....!!!

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