Taiwanese citizens can rest assured that even if they live overseas for more than two years, it won’t affect their annuities or health insurance. That’s the word from Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) Deputy Minister Hsu Chia-ching.
This year, the number of overseas Taiwanese coming back for the Lunar New Year holidays has dropped dramatically due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, many are concerned that it will affect their annuities, taxes, health insurance and other benefits.
Under the Household Registration Act, anyone who is out of the country for two years or more will be required to put in the paperwork for what’s called “moving-out registration.” But she said that will not affect their rights as long as they continue to pay their premiums and obtain proof of overseas residency from a Taiwan embassy or representative office.