Foreign students may work directly after graduation: CLA

The China Post news staff

The China Post news staff– Overseas Chinese students and foreign students receiving education in Taiwan will be able to work in the nation directly after their graduation if their monthly pay can reach NT$37,619, according the Cabinet-level Council of Labor Affairs (CLA).

This is part of the resolutions made yesterday afternoon at the cross-border labor policy consultation panel meeting held yesterday afternoon.

The relaxation measure, which won’t be retroactive, is expected to be put into practice after being promulgated by the CLA in July. Under the existing rules, overseas Chinese students and foreign students as well as other white-collar workers should have two years of working experience to become qualified to work in Taiwan, and their minimum monthly pay is set at NT$47,971.

There are an average of 3,500 to 4,500 foreign and overseas Chinese students coming to study in Taiwan per semester, mostly in the engineering, financial and business management departments.

In order to facilitate their working in Taiwan after graduation, the CLA yesterday resolved to relax restrictions mentioned above.

At yesterday’s panel meeting, the CLA decided to table another liberalization measure—allowing foreign graduates of the world’s top 100 universities and colleges to work in Taiwan without having to be subject to requirement of two years of working experience.

The measure will be up for discussion at the talent recruitment program meeting by the Cabinet-level Council for Economic Planning and Development. Qualifications for Applying for Nursing Workers Eased On another front, in order to cope with the aging society, the CLA also resolved to relax restrictions to make seniors aged over 80 and with Barthel’s Score of under 60 points become eligible for the employment of foreign nursing workers, compared to under 35 points as set in the existing regulations.

Barthel’s Score consists of 10 items that measure a person’s daily functioning, and a person receives a score based on whether they have received help while doing the task related to any of the 10 items. The higher the score, the more independent the person.

Usually, a person with a total score of under 35 points is deemed totally out of daily functioning, and a person with a score of under 60 points is regarded as seriously unable to conduct daily living activities and mobility.