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The Best Option for Long Term Stay in Taiwan: Employment Gold Card

The Taiwan Employment Gold Card is part of the “Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professional Talent” , implemented in October 2017. It is part of a more comprehensive government initiative to attract highly-skilled foreign talent to Taiwan.

Launched in 2018, the Taiwan Employment Gold Card is a 4-in-1 card, that includes a resident visa, work permit, Alien Resident Certificate (ARC), and re-entry permit, which allows you to leave and re-enter Taiwan multiple times over the course of 1-3 years. Applicants can apply online without sponsorship.

The card itself is basically a work and residence permit valid for up to three years (duration is chosen by the applicant and fees charged accordingly). It is promoted as a “4 in 1” card which includes a resident visa (your right to reside in Taiwan), Alien Resident Certificate (ARC; the card which proves your right to legally reside in Taiwan), multiple entry permit (allowing you to leave and enter the country as you wish), and open work permit (for most, the most important feature, as it allows the holder to work for any employer(s) in Taiwan without needing to be sponsored for an employment visa).

Industries that are eligible to apply for the Taiwan Employment Gold Card. Each category has its own set of specific requirements or qualifications under which applicants are assessed, with the assessments carried out by the corresponding government agencies or departments during the application process.

Particular IndustryMinistry relevant
Science & Technology Ministry of Science and Technology
Economy Ministry of Economic Affairs
Education Ministry of Education
Culture & Arts Ministry of Culture
Sport Ministry of Education
Finance Financial Supervisory Commission
Law Ministry of Justice
Architecture The Construction and Planning Agency, Ministry of the Interior
National Defense Ministry of National Defense

Basic information about the program is available on the official website for the Foreign Talent Act. This very long but also very informative thread on Forumosa (a forum for foreigners in Taiwan) is also recommended, which with several successful applicants sharing their experiences. And for those who wish to apply, the application portal is here.

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