The Presidential Office says President Ma Ying-jeou’s United States Permanent Resident Card, better known as a “green card”, is no longer valid.
The Presidential Office made the comments on Wednesday in response to a media report. According to an article published in Next Magazine Wednesday, the US Internal Revenue Service said as a green card holder, President Ma will have to file taxes to the US in accordance with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
President Ma applied for and received a “green card” when he was studying in the US. Both his daughters are US citizens. Critics often use this to question the president’s loyalty to the country. Taiwan bans public officials from holding foreign nationalities, but not foreign permanent residencies.
On Wednesday the Presidential Office said Ma’s green card was automatically invalidated because he had not used it for more than 20 years. The office also said according to former top US envoy to Taiwan, Douglas Paal, if a green card holder leaves the US and does not use the card within a year, the card will be invalidated.