To attract foreign talents to work in Taiwan, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) of the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) launched the "Employment Gold Card" program which involves other government ministries. The National Development Council (NDC) stated that the bill is still being adjusted and is expected to be finalized in October.
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The "Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals" are focused on 13 aspects. This includes the scope of professional work, fields of expertise, easing qualifications for outstanding graduates to work in Taiwan, exemption from applying for work permits, and general employment.
Once the employment gold card has expired, the cardholder can apply for an extension. They are also exempted from applying for a residence visa. The extension applies to a stay of 6+6 months. Having the employment gold card also means that requirements for applying for permanent residence are eased. This also applies to the extended rent tax. Furthermore, health insurance coverage and the addition of retirement protection are included.
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The "Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals" focuses on 13 aspects. (Photo / Provided by the NDC)
According to statistics, as of August 31, a total of 3,278 employment gold cards have been issued. Among them, most of the talents are employed in the economic field, followed by science and technology, and culture and art. The majority of the applicants are from the United States. Singapore and Malaysian nationals are the top 2 among Southeast Asian countries.
For more information, please visit the application website.