Thirty-two are engaged in the field of education, with 29 teaching at universities, Cheng said, noting that the lion's share of them are from the United States, followed by those from Malaysia, among others from South Africa, New Zealand and Finland.
All have lived in Taiwan for an average of 16 years, with one having lived here for 47 years, he said.
They must be referring to just "high-level professionals." If they had included the missionaries, the average time in Taiwan would surely be longer.
The most recent batch includes a baroque violin player from Greece, an automation specialist from Russia, a philosophy teacher from Germany, a surgeon from Malaysia, and an AI specialist from Italy.
I think quite a few posters here would have a very, very good chance of being approved, including (but not limited to) maoman, sandman, icon, john ross, omni, and cfimages -- though each may have their own reasons for pursuing this or not.
Physician Ngu Ung Su from Malaysia and Canadian Curtis Regan Smith are two of 11 foreign professionals approved to become naturalized citizens in Taiwan's latest review of naturalization applications, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said Tuesday.
Ngu is a physician who volunteered to treat patients infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), a severe form of pneumonia, when the deadly disease reached Taiwan and caused multiple fatalities in 2003, the MOI said in a statement released Tuesday.
Smith was praised for his long-term work to promote the conservation of culture in Taiwan, including efforts to preserve historical communities, buildings and facilities on the island, such as the former residence of the U.S. ambassador and Forty-four South Village in Taipei, over the past two decades....
Since the new regulations under the Nationality Act were promulgated in March 2017 -- as part of government efforts to recruit and retain top talent from around the world -- 76 foreign professionals have become naturalized citizens, including Ngu and Smith.
The 11 new ROC citizens are mostly in their 40s-50s, including four professionals in the field of medicine, two in art and culture, two in economics, two in education, and one in another area, the MOI said.
The latest batch. Mainly Malaysians and Canadians.
The Japanese is a surprise, because I thought Japan was still strict about dual citizenship.
A lot of people in medicine, but there's also a Tunisian golf equipment tester(?). I continue to believe the government is -- within its admittedly narrow confines -- being liberal in who it approves. Apply!
Note that that site gives a new form -- Information Table of Recommendation for Naturalization for High-level Professionals by Central Competent Authority of Enterprise -- in English that offers guidelines, websites with more info, and contact telephone numbers for the relevant ministries. And if some of those guidelines sound like the government is continuing to overshoot (e.g., the Ministry of Science and Technology asking for "Prize-awarding certificates, such as Nobel Prize, Tang Prize, Wolf Prize, Fields Medals or other equivalent international competition prizes" -- Darn it, honey, have you seen my Fields Medal? I thought it was with the extra batteries.), in practice some more or less regular folk are getting through. Download the PDF and start making some calls to the numbers listed there!
Of the latest additions, four work in education, four have medical expertise and one is in the legal sector, it said, adding that five are Malaysian, one is American, one is Canadian, one is Indian and one is from Turkmenistan.
The American, identified only by his Chinese surname, Tan (譚), secured lawyer’s licenses in California and Washington, and has practiced law in Taiwan for almost 15 years, the ministry said.
Tam specializes in intellectual property rights, so his naturalization is expected to help Taiwan in the competitive global IP market, the ministry said.
A Malaysian woman surnamed Fan (范), also among the nine, has devoted herself to paleography, it said.
Fan has won honors for her work, including a Fu Ssu-nien (傅斯年) scholarship granted by Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s top research institute, it said.
Another Malaysian, surnamed Tsai (蔡), is a neurosurgeon and is well known for his sophisticated operating skills, the ministry said, adding that such professionals are in high demand in Taiwan.