- Country Name: Republic of China
- Capital: Taipei
- Population: 23,476,640 (2015 estimate)
- Language: Mandarin
- Time Zone: National Standard Time (UTC+8)
- Dialing Code: +886
- Currency: New Taiwan Dollar (TWD)
This FAQ has been created as an introductory guide to immigration procedures for Taiwan. Since rules and requirements in every country are constantly changing and each case must be assessed on its own merits, for in-depth and up-to-date advice, please contact us.
Please note, we can only advise on matters relating to immigration and are unable support you with employment in a new region. We do however have a network of trusted partners that can support your move, so please visit Our Partners page for further information.
Taiwan is one of the world’s largest producers of computer-related products and as a result, many multinational firms, including over twenty of the top Information and communications technology companies in the world have opened up branches in Taiwan.
Most expats in Taiwan are on work assignment by a multinational organisation, while a small number are also there to work in the EFL industry.
Work Permit (Foreign Professional)
The main work permit route for working in Taiwan is for intra-company transferees. EFL teachers from an English-speaking country with a university degree can obtain a local hire work permit with a Taiwanese school in-country if sponsored by the school.
For other local-hire jobs, expats will need to prove they hold exceptional skills and a high level of education and experience to be hired over a Taiwanese national.
As processes and requirements change frequently and vary according to the nationality of the applicant, the country of application and personal circumstances of the assignee and any family dependants, we recommend that you contact us for up-to-date information.
Applicants will be required to submit a variety of personal and corporate documents to support the application.
Requirements will vary slightly according to the nationality of the applicant, the country of application and personal circumstances of the assignee and any family dependants and some documents will need to be legalised and/or translated, particularly in relation to family dependant applications. Newland Chase can advise and assist on a case by case basis
Processing times will vary according to visa type, nationality and country of application.
Work permit applications generally take up to 1 month to be processed. If the duration of the assignment is over six months, a resident visa should also be applied for at the Taiwanese embassy in the country of residences which takes approximately 2 weeks.
All applicants must apply for an Alien Resident Certificate upon arrival which takes 2-5 weeks to process.
Work permits are initially issued for a period of up to 3 years and can be renewed.
It is not possible to enter Taiwan on a business/tourist visa and switch to a work permit
There are two paths to securing permanent residency (APRC):
One is aimed at high demand uniquely qualified and highly skilled foreigners in set fields of expertise who will bring substantial benefits to Taiwan’s economy, industry, education and welfare organizations.
The other is for anyone who has held an Alien Residence Card for five consecutive years, with a physical presence in the R.O.C. for at least 183 days each year and makes at least double Taiwan’s Basic Wage.
It is important to ensure that the immigration part of the relocation process is started as early as possible and well in advance of your actual assignment date to Taiwan.
Personal documents will need to be legalised and translated if not in English so sufficient lead time should be allowed for this.
Requirements and procedures may change on a frequent basis, so please consult with your Newland Chase Immigration Advisor for current and detailed information.