Taiwan is a great place to live and work, but if you are a foreign national looking to take up residence here, you will need to meet certain eligibility criteria. You will also need to obtain three basic documents to legally immigrate to Taiwan:
- work permit
- work visa
- residence permit
Here is everything you need to know about this process.
Basic Eligibility for a Taiwan Work Permit
The Taiwanese government restricts work permits to workers in certain industries. Only the following professionals can currently receive their work permit:
- Tax and financial services workers
- Civil engineers
- Academic researchers
- Athletes and coaches
- Communications workers
- Culture, sports, and recreation services workers
- Artists and performing artists
- Healthcare workers
- Immigration services workers
- Environmental protection workers
- Transportation workers
- Specialized and technical workers in the manufacturing or wholesale workers
- Contract workers
- Directors or managers of a business established by or invested in by an overseas Chinese national or foreign national
The government can also specify additional industries for which work permits can be issued.
To qualify for a work permit, you must usually have at least five years of work experience in the applicable field. You must also work for or have a job offer from a company. You must have a written employment contract with the company. Your salary must also meet the minimum salary requirements.
Application Process for Taiwan Work Permit
The employer is responsible for obtaining the Taiwan work permit. The employer must indicate whether the worker is a specialized or technical worker or if he or she is a managerial employee. There are stricter requirements to hire managerial workers.
The employer must meet specific capital requirements to be able to obtain a work permit for its employees, which depend on how long the company has been operational. Alternatively, the company may be eligible if it has import/export commission revenue of at least USD $400,000 in the previous year, has research and development centers or an operational headquarters that the government has approved, has a representative office that has been approved by the government, or has made significant economic contributions to Taiwan.
The employer must submit copies of a number of documents with the Taiwan work permit application, including:
- Corporate income tax return and employee’s individual income tax statement for the most recent year
- Company representative’s and employee’s identification card or passport
- Company’s registration certification, business registration, and other applicable permits
- Letter of foreign investment approval
- Employment contract
- Employee’s education diploma and proof that a Taiwan embassy has authenticated it
- Work experience certificate
- Medical examination report
- Applicable fee
The work permit is usually good for six months, but it can be extended up to three years.
The employer can complete the application process online or by submitting an application with the Workforce Development Agency of the Ministry of Labor in person or via registered mail.
Taiwan Work Visa
After the work permit is approved, you can apply for a work visa. You will need a valid visa to enter Taiwan in most cases. The visa may be for a single entry or for multiple entries that may last between three months to one year.
You must submit an application for a work visa to the Taiwanese Bureau of Consular Affairs in the country where the employee lives. If the employee is already in Taiwan on a visitor visa or business visa, the employee can apply to convert their existing visa into a resident work visa through the Bureau of Consular Affairs. The application must be submitted at least eight days before the visitor visa is set to expire.
The Taiwan work visa application must include the following documents:
- Passport that is valid for a minimum of six months after entry
- Two passport-sized color photographs with a white background that were taken within the last six months
- Approved work permit
- Health certificate issued within the past three months
- Additional documents regarding the employee’s profession
- Identification documents for a spouse or children who accompany the employee
The documents must be in English or Chinese or translated by a certified translator.
In some situations, the consular officer will require an in-person interview with the employee.
If the application is approved, the visa will be issued and the passport returned. The employee can then make arrangements to travel to Taiwan.
Taiwan Residence Visa
The last step in the process is to obtain your Taiwan residence visa. This document allows you to live in the country while you work and reenter the country if you leave. The technical name for this document is the Alien Resident Certificate.
Before you can obtain your resident visa, you will need to have a medical examination completed on you if it is the first time you have been to Taiwan.
To obtain this certificate, you must apply at a local service center of the National Immigration Agency within 15 days of your entrance into Taiwan. You will need to submit the following to accompany your application:
- A single color photograph
- Original passport
- Original visitor visa, if applicable
- Notarized health certificate
- Certificate of criminal record check
- Certificate of current residence
- Certificate of cause
The Alien Resident Certificate is valid for one, two or three years, and you can renew it.
Your employer will also need to provide notice to the government of your entrance and apply for the employee to be enrolled in National Health Insurance.
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The immigration process is complex for many people outside of Taiwan. As part of our Taiwan services, we assist employers with the immigration process and provide visa consulting services. We can handle this aspect of the employment relationship with you and provide you with up to date information about potential processing times, fees, and new requirements for your employees.
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