[quote]UNIFIED REGISTRATION NUMBERS ADOPTED FOR FOREIGNERS
The government has formulated a unified registration system for foreign residents to minimize inconvenience and facilitate administrative management, Minister of the Interior Yu Cheng-hsien Yu said Tuesday.
Yu said the new system is also applicable to Hong Kong and Macau citizens, mainland Chinese people who have come to Taiwan to live with their blood relatives or to work in the high-tech sector, as well as Republic of China citizens who do not have household registration here. "The new mechanism is patterned after the identity registration system for ROC nationals, " Yu explained, adding that under the new system, each eligible applicant will be given a residency certificate that bears a 10-digit number rather than the original seven-digit number. The new residency certificates can be used to apply for telephone numbers, credit cards, driving licenses and opening bank accounts. "It is just as convenient as the identification cards for Taiwan citizens, " Yu told a news conference called to announce the new registration mechanism. According to Yu, the National Police Administration (NPA) under the Ministry of the Interior has spent two years developing this foreigner-friendly residency registration system. The NPA began to accept applications for the new residency certificates Dec. 1, Yu said, adding that about 610,000 people will benefit from the new measure. [/quote]
Has anyone else heard about this? What does it really mean? Richard?