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Taiwan eases citizenship rules

Taiwan has amended its citizenship policy to relax naturalisation requirements. According to the new legislation, foreigners with five years of residency can apply for Taiwanese citizenship, and if “they are high-level professionals in the technological, economic, educational, cultural, art, sports, or other domains who have been recommended by the central competent authority”, they need not renounce their nationality of origin. In addition to this, renunciation was abolished for spouses of Taiwanese nationals.

Previously, to obtain the citizenship of Taiwan, a foreigner was required to first renounce their citizenship of origin, thus remaining at the risk of statelessness.

Read more in Taipei Times and Taiwan News here, here and here.

For details of current and past citizenship legislation in Taiwan, check out our country profile pages.