Newspaper article China Post

Lawmaker Urges Residency Rights for Foreign Parents

Newspaper article China Post

Lawmaker Urges Residency Rights for Foreign Parents

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The China Post news staff--Government officials yesterday responded lukewarmly to a legislative proposal from an opposition legislator and a civic group that calls for an amendment to the current immigration laws that would, if it becomes law, allow foreign parents of young Taiwan citizens to reside in the country.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of the Interior officials were non-committal, saying laws can be amended if they should be.

Foreigners who have actually taken care of the children they have with their Taiwanese spouses and those given custody of them should be allowed to reside in Taiwan, Yu Mei-nu ([...]), a lawyer-turned-legislator from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), said at a press conference in Taipei yesterday.

According to current laws, foreign parents of minors can apply only for "limited-stay visas" and have no residential rights by virtue of their status as parents of Taiwanese children. …

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