New Applicant

If you enter Taiwan with Taiwanese passport, you will not be allowed to apply for the Employment Gold Card domestically. You must submit the application abroad.
  • However, if you are on one of these visas, your visa cannot be converted and your application will be rejected: for Foreign Officials and their Family (FO), Working Holiday Visa (With exception to French nationals that apply during the COVID pandemic and British nationals that hold a YM visa), and Blue-Collar Workers (FL). If you wish to apply for a Gold Card, you must leave Taiwan and apply overseas or re-enter Taiwan on a different visa. Please remember to double check your passport to confirm your visa. Should you have any concerns about your visa remark, please confirm with the Bureau of Consular Affairs .
  • When applying for the Gold Card, your passport must have at least six months of validity. If not, the application portal will ask you to upload your new passport before allowing you to upload your supplemental documents.
  • Once logged in to the portal, Select Application for Employment Gold Card from the Application menu, then click “New Applicant”.
  • If you are applying from within Taiwan, be sure to select your current visa carefully as this cannot be changed later.

Visa Status Showcase
Visa Status Showcase

  • Please remember to double check your passport to confirm your visa situation. If you choose the wrong identity, you will be asked to reapply and not given a refund.
Visa Exempt Stamp example
Visa Exempt Stamp example
  • If you hold a visa less than 60-days or are visa-free, or you cannot obtain the Taiwan Employment Gold Card within the time limit, you will still need to leave the country and re-enter.
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Latest FAQ about the application process

What fees are involved in a Gold Card application?

There is an application fee, which is paid through the Gold Card application portal. There are no separate visa or work permit fees.

The application fees vary depending on if you have applied domestically or abroad, the duration of the visa, and your nationality. Please check the Fees for Employment Gold Card section of the application portal.

There are currently 6 online payment methods, including international credit cards, domestic credit cards, E-government payment platform, virtual account payment, 4 major convenience store payments, and Web ATM (card reader payment). The government will pay for the remittance fee if the payment is made by credit card, but the applicant will be responsible for the remittance fee if the payment is made by E-government payment platform, virtual account payment, 4 convenience store payment, or Web ATM. Please note that it will take 2-3 working days to receive a payment success notification after paying through a virtual account or through the 4 major convenience stores. If you wish to use a Debit Card, you must choose the Web ATM payment option.

If you are unable to make your application payment with an international credit card, it may be due to the following reasons:

  1. 3D Secure failed (you have not applied or entered incorrectly, and you need to apply for a verification code from your bank, and enter the verification number)
  2. Credit card loss report
  3. Your credit card company is not in cooperation with the Bank of Taiwan

Please try using JCB, VISA, or MasterCard. Do NOT use AMEX or China UnionPay

Please follow the instruction to pay your application fees online.


Is there a “general” application criteria or must I select a specific field?

There is no “general” application category. You must select a single ministry to assess your skills.

How long does the application take?

A perfect application takes at least 30 days, if your supporting documents are accepted the first time. If you are asked to provide additional supporting documents, expect 50-60 days.

*Note: Due to the pandemic, expect your application process to take at minimum 60 days.


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