South African English Teacher and his family receive permanent residence in Taiwan
【NIA Global News】／translated by Amy Hsieh
Irland (艾藍) is a South African English Teacher who came to Taiwan in 2003. He applied for an NIA permanent residence in 2012. Because the Taiwanese government encouraged foreign professionals to bring their families with their families in order to attract outstanding talents in Taiwan.
Irland and his wife Suzanne (蘇珊) received permanent residence in 2020.
Irland says he feels honored to work in the education field in Taiwan. During his work in Taiwan, he fell in love with Taiwan’s scenery and people. And afterward, their family welcomed a boy and a girl into their family. Hence, Irland started to hope to settle down in Taiwan. In March 2021, Irland finally received a permanent residence and fulfilled his dream of becoming a Taiwanese.
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After learning that Irland’s family hopes to settle down and become a Taiwanese, Mao Zhaoli, director of the Keelung City Service Station of NIA, visited their family and explained the naturalization and settlement process in detail.
According to Taiwan News, the continuous residence requirement for foreign professionals to become eligible for permanent residence status will be lowered from five years to three. The required period of residency for foreign professionals and "foreign special professionals" who have obtained master's or doctorate degrees in Taiwan can be reduced by one to two years. Foreign talents who are interested in settling in Taiwan can grab this chance.
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