Gov’t passes revisions to visa regulations


By Chi-hao James Lo, The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) amended several articles within the Regulations on the Permission and Administration of the Employment of Foreign Workers yesterday, granting more flexible leeway toward foreigners visiting Taiwan for the purpose of artistic exhibitions and academic exchanges.

In light of the increasing demand for academic, artistic and cultural exchanges from foreign scholars, artists and performers, the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training (BEVT) pushed to amend certain articles within the Regulations on the Permission and Administration of the Employment of Foreign Workers, in hopes of reducing violations which are usually committed by innocent mistakes. During the 232nd committee meeting of the CLA, the council passed the proposition allowing customs and immigration offices to issue 90-day academic and business visas that will allow visiting foreigners to participate in nonprofit activities.

As the purpose of the amendment is to attract foreign professionals, the visas will only be issued to guests who are invited by academic and government establishments, as the leeway is meant to be for the benefit of people to indulge themselves in further types of education and entertainment, and not applicable toward commercial celebrities and organizations.

The amendment also benefits current college students studying abroad in Taiwan, which the abolishment of the regulation which holds the students’ rights to work permits until their grades are at a satisfactory level after their first semester. White-collar workers in the free economic pilot zones will also be benefited in the future, with entering Taiwan for advisory, contractual and appointed reasons simplified.