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Work Permit Application for Expatriates to Taiwan

When an expatriate employee is posted to Taiwan, the employer must obtain a work permit (valid for up to five years) on the employee’s behalf, and the employee must obtain a visa from a representative office in the home country or (if already in Taiwan) from the Bureau of Consular Affairs.
Upon arrival in Taiwan:•The employee must undergo a medical examination within three days; The employee must apply for an alien resident certificate (ARC) from a National Immigration Agency service center within 15 days.

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Immigration and Work Permits

In General
When an expatriate employee is posted to Taiwan, the employer must obtain a work permit (valid for up to five years) on the employee’s behalf, and the employee must obtain a visa from a representative office in the home country or (if already in Taiwan) from the Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Employers can only hire foreign workers if they have been unable to find sufficient numbers of local nationals to meet their recruiting needs.

Visas and Work Permits
U.S. employers operating in Taiwan and their employees working there are subject to the same rules and regulations Taiwanese employers and native-born employees are.
In addition, U.S. expatriates and their employers must follow Taiwanese immigration procedures for obtaining visas and work permits and meeting various other immigration requirements.
This is a multistep process requiring that employers and employees deal with various Taiwanese government agencies, including the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training, the Bureau of Consular Affairs, and the National Immigration Agency, all of which have standards that must be met and forms that must be submitted.
Employers must obtain work permits (valid for up to five years) on the employee’s behalf, and the employee must obtain a visa from a representative office in the home country or (if already in Taiwan) from the Bureau of Consular Affairs.
Employers can only hire foreign workers if they have been unable to find sufficient numbers of local nationals to meet their recruiting needs.
Work and residence permits for white-collar workers are valid for five years.
Professionals who earn more than NT$3 million receive a 50 percent tax cut for three years.
A new ‘job seeking’ visa allows foreigners to enter Taiwan for six months to find a job.
Post-Entry Requirements
Upon arrival in Taiwan:
• The employee must undergo a medical examination within three days.
• The employee must apply for an alien resident certificate (ARC) from a National Immigration Agency service center within 15 days.
• If the employee will need to leave and reenter Taiwan, a reentry permit should be applied for with the ARC.
• The employer and the employee must sign a written contract with copies in both Chinese and the employee’s native language.
• The employer must enroll the employee in the national health insurance system within three days of the employee’s becoming eligible for coverage.
• If necessary, the employee must request an extension of the work permit at least four months before its expiration or when two-thirds of the period authorized by the permit has elapsed, whichever is sooner.
• If necessary, the employee should apply for an extension of the ARC at least 15 days before its expiration.
Reference Citations
Visas and Work Permits: Employment Services Act, 2002, arts. 44, 46-47
Post-Entry Requirements: Employment Services Act, 2002, art. 48

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