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FAQ

  • Q1: Who should apply for a work permit?

    Employers may apply for a work permit in person, or authorize a private employment service agency to apply with a letter of power of attorney.

  • Q2: How can I apply for an Alien Permanent Resident Certificate?

    I. Receiving units: The local NIA service center.

     

    II. Application procedure: Submit the completed APRC application form to the designated local NIA service center. After the initial review is processed, the local center will submit the application to the headquarters of the NIA for secondary review.

     

    III.Required documents:
    1. A completed application form.
    2. A color photo (same size as ID card photo).
    3. The original and one photocopy of new and old passports. The original shall be returned after verification.
    4. The original and one photocopy of Alien Residence Certificate. The original shall be returned after verification.
    5. A satisfactory health examination certificate. The health examination form used by major hospitals shall be the Mandatory Examination Items for Health Examination Certificate (Form B) promulgated by the National Health Agency of the Executive Yuan.
    6. Certificates of financial assets or special skills and talents.
    7. Certificates of criminal record of the last 5 years issued by the government of the applicant’s home country and by the R.O.C.
    8. Other related certificates, i.e., household certificate transcript, marriage certificate, working permit approval documents, or other applicable documents.

     

    IV.Processing time: 14 working days, excluding the time needed for submitting additional documents, interviews or verification by related authorities.

     

    V.Fee: NT$10,000 (payable upon notice after approval by secondary review).

     

    VI.Notes:
    1. Applying for an APRC: a foreigner who has legally and continuously resided in the State for five years and has stayed for more than one hundred and eighty-three days each year, or the alien spouse and/or children of a national with valid household registration in the Taiwan Area who have legally resided in the State for ten years, during which period the spouse and/or children have physically resided in the State for more than one hundred and eighty-three days each year for at least five years. An application for APRC pursuant to above shall be submitted within two years after the period of stay and residence meets the requirement.

    2. The Certificate of Entry & Exit Dates, the Entry & Exit Certificate Statement of Eligibility for the Required Residence and Physical Presence in Taiwan Area, and the Calculation of the Applicant's Historic Physical Presence in Taiwan each year are all available at local NIA service centers.

    3. Special skills, talents or financial assets:
    (1) Anyone applying for permanent residency as the spouse of an R.O.C. national shall present any of the following documents for verification by the National Immigration Agency:
    a.Statement on income, taxation, movable or immovable property in Taiwan.
    b.Statement issued by the employer to certify employment, or the applicant's own statement in writing detailing job descriptions and incomes.
    c.Certificate issued by the ROC government certifying that its holder is a professional or technician or has passed a technical examination.
    d.Other document that is sufficient to prove that the applicant is capable of supporting himself or herself and making a living.
    (2) Anyone applying for permanent residency under circumstances other than the ones states in the preceding subparagraph shall meet one of the following conditions.
    a. Having earned an average monthly income in Taiwan for the past one year that is twice as much as the Monthly Minimum Wage promulgated by the Ministry of Labor. The past year refers to the year preceding the application year, for example, for an application filed on 1 June 2009, the past year is from 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2008.
    b. Having movable or immovable property in Taiwan with a total estimated value of over NT$5,000,000.
    c. Having a certificate issued by the R.O.C. government certifying that its holder is a professional or technician or has passed a technical examination.
    d. Other conditions as approved by the NIA.

     

    4. The police records of the past five years issued within the last three months by Taiwan government.

     

    5. Applicants with an original police criminal record certificate for the past 5 years issued by the applicant's home country (must be issued within 3 months with a Chinese translated version) must choose to complete one of the following procedures:
    (1) Original and Chinese translated edition of the police records issued by applicant's country of origin, shall be accredited by the oversea Taiwanese embassies.  If needed, they shall be accredited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    (2) Only the police criminal record certificate issued by the applicant's home country needs to be verified by the R.O.C. representatives overseas (may be re-examined by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs if necessary), the Chinese translation must be notarized by a R.O.C. court or notary.
    (3) If the police criminal record certificate is issued by the applicant's home country's embassy, consular, or representative office in the R.O.C., the original needs to be re-examined by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese translation needs to be accredited by domestic notary public or courthouse.

     

    6. The police records must be issued by the central institution of the applicant's country. For example, the local police records for a U.S. national must be issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States.

     

    7. Other relevant documents needed may differ depending on the purpose of stay:
    (1) Joining family: Household certificate transcript issued within one month.
    (2) Employment:
    a. Working permission from authorized government agency.
    b. Employment certificate issued within one month
    (3)Doing missionary work:
    a. A proof of relevant certificates from religious organization.
    ●Certifying the missionary work is non-paid and full-time.
    ●Ensuring the applicant''s ability to sustain a living in Taiwan upon his/her approval of permanent residency status and to be held responsible otherwise.
    b. Religious organization registration issued by the Ministry of the Interior or juridical institution registration.
    c. Employment certificate issued by religious organization.
    (4) Investment:
    a. Enterprise Registration Certificate.
    b. List of shareholders.
    c. The corporate amendment registration form.
    d. The investment permission by the investment Commission of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
    In special cases, other supporting documents will be required.

     

    8. Foreign nationals who possess the nationality of the State concurrently shall not be allowed to apply for permanent residency.

     

    9. An APRC holder will lose his/her eligibility if they fail to physically reside in the R.O.C. for at least 183 days annually starting from the following year after his/her APRC is issued. However, this regulation does not apply to those who have obtained permission from the authorities. The calculation of the "year" starts from January 1st of the following year after the APRC is issued. An applicant whose Alien Resident Certificate has been canceled and who still qualifies to stay in the country, shall apply for residency within 30 days following the nullification of the ARC.

    10. A foreign national, who has legally resided in the State for five years in a row and has not left the State for over 3 months during any particular trip out of the country, is exempted from submitting a health certificate and no criminal records of the original country.

    Processing of Alien Resident Certificate applications is administered by each county/city's service center of the National Immigration Agency.

  • Q3: What is the maximum length of time for a work permit that may be applied for a foreigner hired to work in Taiwan? Is there a maximum number of applications?

    The maximum length of time for each work permit is 3 years for a foreign professional, which may be extended by application at the end of the employment period; there is no limit to the number of extensions.

  • Q4: Are foreigners who hold an Alien Permanent Resident Certificate eligible to work in the R.O.C.?
    1. The right of permitting foreigners to work in the R.O.C. is under the Ministry of Labor.
    2. According to Article 51 of the "Employment Service Law", people who have acquired an APRC can apply directly to the Ministry of Labor. If applicants acquire their permit before employment, the employer will not be required to apply for an employment permit from the central governing agency. As to the category and nature of the listed job, if they require training, examinations, certificates, or licenses, according to regulations, they should abide by the related regulations.
  • Q5: What does "Taxpayer ID No." mean? What is the issuing authority and how are the numbers compiled?
    (1) Taiwan Area Resident Certificates are issued by the National Immigration Agency and bear the "Taxpayer ID No." for Hong Kong and Macau citizens, PRC nationals, and overseas Chinese.
    (2) ARCs are issued by the National Immigration Agency. They bear the "Taxpayer ID No." for foreign taxpayers who reside in Taiwan.
    (3) For foreigners or nationals without registered residence in Taiwan, they can apply for a "Taxpayer ID No." in person or by proxy to the National Immigration Agency by submitting their passports; Hong Kong and Macau citizens, PRC nationals, and Overseas Chinese can apply for the "Record of ID No. in the Republic of China" to the National Immigration Agency. 
     
    The "Taxpayer ID No." consists of two letters and eight numerals. The first letter is the area code; the second letter is compiled according to sex and issuing authorities, i.e., AB, CD; the third to ninth numerals are serial numbers; and the tenth number is the check number. The "ID No." is the code number printed on the ARC. For instance: 
    (1) Mr. Robert W. Davison holds an ARC. The ID No. on his certificate is "AC12345678". This means his "Taxpayer ID No." is "AC12345678". 
    (2) Ms. Carol Lee holds an ARC. The ID No. on her certificate is "HD12345678". This means her "Taxpayer ID No." is "HD12345678".
  • Q6: What is the difference between visa validity and duration of stay?
    1. Visa validity means the period of time during which the visa holder can enter the R.O.C. with the valid visa as indicated in the columns of "valid until" or "enter before" in the visa. For example, "valid until April 8, 2004" or "enter before April 8, 2004" means the visa holder should enter the Republic of China (R.O.C.) before April 8, 2004. Visas will expire after the indicated date and cannot be used to enter the R.O.C.
    2. Duration of stay means the period of time for which the visa holder can stay in Taiwan . There are various durations of stay – up to 14 days, 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, or 180 days starting from the next day of a visitor's arrival.

    * Visa holders should pay attention to the distinctive differences between the above two items to prevent possible overstay that might be caused by a misunderstanding.

  • Q7: If a company that manufactures and wholesales electronic products and is registered as a business entity invested by overseas Chinese or foreigners applies for work permits for its foreign general manager, sales managers, and technical personnel, which job category does the company belong to? And are there any restrictions on the number of foreign workers?

    According to the Qualifications and Criteria Standards for foreigners undertaking the jobs specified under Article 46.1.1 to 46.1.6 of the Employment Service Act. An expatriate to be hired to serve as a director or manager of a business invested or established by overseas Chinese or foreigner(s) and approved by the Government of the Republic of China, as set forth in Article 46.1.2, shall qualify for one of the following conditions:

    1. The expatriate has ever acted as a manager of a company invested in by overseas Chinese or foreigner(s), pursuant to the Statute for Investment by Overseas Chinese, or Statute for Investment by Foreign Nationals, whereas the amount of shares held by or the capital contributed by the overseas Chinese or foreigner(s) exceeds one third (1/3) of the total amount of shares, or the total capital of the business, respectively.
    2. The foreigner has ever acted as a manager of a foreign branch company.
    3. The foreigner has ever acted as a representative of a representative office, approved by the central industry competent authorities.
    4. The foreigner has ever acted as the deputy director or manager or the equivalent position in the start-up business recognized as capable of innovation in accordance with the Article 6.2. authority concerned at the central government level.
     

    If the number of expatriates to be hired by the employer pursuant to the preceding Paragraph 1 to 3 exceeds one (1), the qualifications of the expatriates and the employer, or other qualifications thereof shall conform to provisions set forth in Chapter 2. If the number of foreign workers of this category is limited to 1 person per company, it should be applied to the work regulation of the Special Professions or Technical Assignments.

  • Q8: Is a foreigner married to a citizen of the Republic of China who is registered in a household in the Republic of China required to apply for a work permit?

    A foreigner married to a citizen of the Republic of China who is registered in a household in the Republic of China is not required to apply for a work permit if his or her residence in the country has been approved.

  • Q9: How does a resident of Hong Kong or Macau apply for a work permit?
    1. A Hong Kong or Macau resident refers to one who is qualified for permanent residence in Hong Kong or Macau and is not a holder of a British National (Overseas) passport or a travel document besides a Hong Kong or Macau passport or is a holder of a Portuguese passport issued prior to the end of Portuguese rule in Macau. A Hong Kong or Macau resident working in the Republic of China shall be subject to the rules applicable for foreign workers.
    2. Hong Kong or Macau residents who qualified as overseas Chinese and their spouses and children who are eligible for Republic of China citizenships prior to the end of British or Portuguese rule in Hong Kong or Macau may apply for work permits from the Ministry of Labor by following the Management and Approval Regulations for Hong Kong and Macau Residents with Overseas Chinese I.D.
    3. Those who do not meet the aforementioned eligibility requirements are treated as citizens of Mainland China. At present, citizens of Mainland China are not allowed to work in Taiwan.
  • Q10: Are foreigners with dual nationalities (Republic of China and one other citizenship) required to apply for a work permit?

    According to Article 79 of the Employment Services Act, a citizen of the Republic of China who has obtained citizenship of another country and does not have a household registration in the Republic of China shall be subject to the same rules for foreigners and required to apply for a work permit.

  • Q11: If a citizen of Republic of China does not have a household registration in the Republic of China, is he/she still required to apply for a work permit?

    According to Article 79 of the Employment Services Act, citizens of the Republic of China who do not have a household registration in the Republic of China are not required to apply for work permits.

  • Q12: Can one who was born in Mainland China but has obtained citizenship of another country apply for a work permit when hired to work in Taiwan?

    A citizen of Mainland China who has been living overseas over 4 years and has  obtained citizenship of this other country can apply for work permit as a foreigner, according to related regulations .

  • Q13: Can one who was born in Mainland China but has been living in another country but has not obtained citizenship of this country apply for a work permit when hired to work in Taiwan?

    A citizen of Mainland China who has been living overseas but has not obtained citizenship of this other country is still a citizen of Mainland China and shall be subject to the Act Governing Relations Between The People Of The Taiwan Area And The Mainland Area. At present, citizens of Mainland China are not allowed to work in Taiwan.

  • Q14: Are overseas Chinese who return to the Republic of China to undertake employment required to apply for work permits?

    An overseas Chinese who has not obtained citizenship of the Republic of China is still a citizen of a foreign country and shall apply for a work permit by following the same rules for foreigners.

  • Q15: Does an individual who entered Taiwan through non-visa entry, with a landing visa, or with a temporary-stay visa need to apply for an Alien Resident Certificate?

    No. Only those individuals who enter Taiwan with a resident visa are required to apply for an Alien Resident Certificate. An individual who entered Taiwan with a temporary-stay visa can apply to the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for a resident visa. If they are granted a resident visa, they should go their local police station within 15 days to apply for an Alien Resident Certificate.

  • Q16: If a foreign worker or student leaves the R.O.C. without applying for a reentry permit, can they send their passport and ARC back to the R.O.C. by mail to apply for a reentry permit?

    No. Foreign workers and students, who have a need to exit the country, must apply for a reentry permit before they leave the R.O.C. The permit will not be issued once they depart the R.O.C. If they need to reenter the R.O.C., they need to reapply for a visit visa or a resident visa while abroad or enter the R.O.C. with a visa exempt status. Upon reentry, they need to report to the local service center of the National Immigration Agency in order to restore their previous residence status.

  • Q17: If a foreigner wants to apply for registration of change of residence address or work place, what should they do?

    I. Required Documents:

    1. One application form.
    2. Alien Resident Certificate.
    3. Passport and Resident Visa, along with their copies. The originals will be returned after verification.
    4. One original and photocopy of documents such as Approval Letter for foreign laborers to change their workplace, rent lease, or Household Certificate, etc. The originals will be returned after verification.

    II. Applicants shall apply in person or authorize othersat the local NIA's service center within 15 days after the change is made.Otherwise, they will get a fine of NT$1,000 to NT$5,000.

  • Q18: How do I apply for the certificate of a lost foreign passport?

    1. Authorized Authority: The National Immigration Agency

    2. Basis of Laws/Regulations: Not applicable

    3. Application Procedures: Application can be made to the local service center, or the Airport or Port Brigade of the Border Affairs Corps of the National Immigration Agency.

    4. Rerquired Documents:

    (1) One copy of the application form
    (2) Two 2" front, bust photos
    (3) Identity evidencing documents other than passport

    5. Notes:

    (1) Applicants should personally submit the application for a lost passport, and an application for a minor shall be made by the father, mother, or guardians on the minor's behalf.
    (2) Foreigners who lose passports may report  to the local service center of the National Immigration Agency, or the Airport or Port Brigade of the Border Affairs Corps of the National Immigration Agency.
    (3) After reporting the loss of passport, take the record to make application to their foreign embassies (consulates) or representative offices in R.O.C. for new passport or traveling document, then apply at the local service center of the National Immigration Agency for an exit permit.
    (4) Foreigners holding an Alien Resident Certificate should also apply for a change of the passport information, then apply for reissuing the re-entry permit at the local service center of the National Immigration Agency .

     

  • Q19: Do employers need to apply for work permits for foreigners holding working holiday visa?

    According to Article 4, Regulations on the Permission and Administration of the Employment of Foreign Workers, the entry visa held by a foreigner through the working holiday scheme are deemed as a work permit.

    Thus, employers do not need to apply for a work permit from the Ministry of Labor.

  • Q20: What if employer wants to pick up the application in person?

    Employers can also pick up at WDA (WDA address: Fl. 10, No. 39, Chung-Hwa Rd. Sec. 1, Taipei City, Taiwan, R.O.C.) in person with pick-up in person declaration sheet.