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Taiwan amends law to give residency to more Tibetans

Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan.
Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan.

(TibetanReview.net, Nov03, 2016) – Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan has on Nov 1 approved an amendment to the country’s Immigration Act to grant residence permits to stateless nationals from Tibet who had arrived from India and Nepal before Jun 29 this year, reported Taiwanese news agency CNA.

The amendment was stated to stipulate that the National Immigration Agency should grant residence permits to stateless nationals from Tibet who had entered Taiwan from India and Nepal before June 29, 2016 and had not been forced to leave the nation once their identities were confirmed by the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission.

Prior to the amendment the law allowed only stateless nationals from Tibet who had entered Taiwan from India and Nepal between May 21, 1999 and Dec 31, 2008 to stay.

Kolas Yotaka, a ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator who proposed the amendment, estimates that the amended bill would enable at least 16 such stateless nationals to obtain residence and work permits.

Meanwhile, the Taiwan Association for Human Rights secretary-general Chiu E-ling said Tibetans married to Taiwanese faced even higher hurdles than those set for Chinese and other foreign spouses, and called for further revisions to existing regulations, reported taipeitimes.com Nov 1.

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