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Taiwan: Changes to Nationality Law Proposed

(June 2, 2008) Legislators of the Kuomintang (Nationalist, or KMT) Party may seek an amendment to the Nationality Law to establish conditions and limitations on Taiwan government officials' holding permanent resident status in foreign countries, such as the rank of civil servants allowed to obtain it and the time limit for renouncing it before their assumption of official duties. The proposed amendment would also create a declaration system requiring civil servants to report that status. The move came in the wake of questions about the loyalty of certain Cabinet members who hold or are alleged to hold U.S. green cards. The Civil Servants Work Act (Gongwu renyuan fuwu fa (as amended on July 19, 2000), Ministry of Civil Service Web site, (last visited June 9, 2008)) does not permit dual nationality, but because green card or other types of foreign permanent resident status does not constitute dual nationality, the Act does not cover it. (Mo Yan-Chih & Shih Hsiu-Chuan, KMT Proposes Amendment to Nationality Law, TAIPEI TIMES, June 8, 2008, at 1, available at