To apply for marriage-based residency, foreign same-sex spouses would only need to notarize their marriage certificate at an embassy or representative office abroad and register their “partnership” at a household registration office in Taiwan, Lai said. However, Hsu said that despite the ruling and Lai’s promise, authorities have rejected applications for marriage-based residency by several foreign same-sex spouses. Lan Hsin-wei (藍信偉), a Taiwanese married to a Spanish man, said that his spouse’s work-based residency would expire next month, but the Taiwanese government has refused to grant him marriage-based residency, citing current regulations. “If the government will not even grant foreign same-sex spouses residency, would they allow them to register as a married couple?” Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights secretary-general Chien Chih-chieh (簡至潔) said. Many people have moved back to Taiwan because it promised to legalize same-sex marriage, but now they might have to move back again.
Source: Taipei Times April 16, 2018 15:56 UTC