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Taiwan May No Longer Require Foreign Workers to Leave Every Three Years

The Ministry of Labor in Taiwan is seeking an amendment to the Employment Service Act, which currently restricts foreign laborers, marine workers, among others to a maximum stay of 12 years as long as they leave the country every three years.  The initiative is being welcomed by business and labor leaders in Taiwan who claim companies frequently lose valuable foreign labor to other countries in Asia, particularly South Korea (Taiwan’s major trade rival) where immigration rules are not as restrictive.  Foreign workers in Taiwan, totaling approximately 500,000, will welcome this change as well because they will avoid the cost of foreign travel, visa applications, physical examinations, and filing fees.  It will also avoid unnecessary work interruptions for employers and employees alike.

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Ian R. Macdonald, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, Atlanta, Immigration, Labor and Employment Attorney
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Ian R. Macdonald is Co-Chair of the Business Immigration & Compliance Practice and Co-Chairs the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s International Employment, Immigration & Workforce Strategies group. He focuses his practice on developing, assessing and managing global mobility programs for multinational companies on a range of challenges affecting the movement of people capital domestically and internationally, including secondment agreements, benefits transferability, local host country employment concerns and immigration.

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