Foreign specialist personnel with special expertise in science & technology

Must meet ONE of the following requirements:

Previously or currently holding a position in a technology industry or field in a foreign state or in the Republic of China (hereinafter referred to as “Taiwan”) with a most recent monthly salary of at least NTD160,000.

Please provide both of the following documents:

  • Proof of salary or tax payment for relevant work in a technology industry or field. Note 1
  • Personal CV and proof of relevant domestic or overseas work in a technology industry or field.

Proof of work experience is a Certificate of Employment with your full name, company name, position, actual duration of employment, company stamp/seal, or signature of the entity by which the paper was issued.

Possessing unique skills, outstanding R&D design, or solid achievement in starting a business in a cutting-edge area of technology such as software applications, software technology, nanotechnology, MEMS technology, optoelectronics, ICT, communication transmission technology, automation systems integration technology, materials application technology, high-precision sensing technology, biotechnology, resources development or energy saving, frontier basic research, national defense, and military strategy.

Please select either 2.1 or 2.2 and provide all of the documents specified for it:

  • 2.1. Please provide all of the following:

    • Domestic or foreign academic certificate(s).
    • Proof of domestic or overseas employment with three or more years of work experience in related fields. Note 2.1a
    • Information about academic research within the last three years.
  • 2.2. Please provide both of the following:

    • Proof of domestic or overseas employment with three or more years of work experience in related fields. Note 2.2a
    • Documentary evidence of technology (e.g. domestic or foreign patent certificates), proof of technology transfer (e.g. technology transfer contracts) or other proof of expertise (e.g. academic works, certificates, licenses, and documents verifying receipt of awards).

Possessing unique skills, outstanding R&D design, or solid achievement in starting a business in a forward-looking area of technology such as AI, IoT, AR, blockchain, VR, robots, and additive manufacturing.

Please select either 3.1 or 3.2 and provide all of the documents specified for it:

  • 3.1. Please attach all of the following documents:

    • Domestic or foreign certificate of academic attainment
    • Verification of domestic or foreign work experience in a relevant field for three or more years Note 3.1a
    • Related academic research during the most recent three years
  • 3.2. Please attach all of the following documents:

    • Verification of domestic or foreign work experience in a relevant field for three or more years Note 3.2a
    • Documents verifying technology (such as a domestic or foreign patent certificate, etc.), proof of technology transfer (such as a technology transfer contract, etc.) or other proof of expertise (such as academic works, licenses, and documents verifying receipt of awards, etc.).

Having been awarded a Nobel Prize, Tang Prize, Wolf Prize, Fields Medal, or other equivalent international award.

Please provide documentary proof of the receipt of an important international award in Taiwan or overseas.

Please provide documentary proof of status as an academician or equivalent in Taiwan or overseas. Note 5

Currently or previously holding a position as a chair professor, professor or associate professor in a university, or as a researcher or associate researcher in a research institution, and having important academic contributions or important specialist works, or having published internationally respected research results within the last three years.

Please select either 6.1 or 6.2, and provide all of the documents specified for it:

  • 6.1. Please provide all of the following:

    • Proof of possessing a domestic or foreign doctoral degree.
    • Proof of domestic or overseas employment with three or more years of work experience in related fields. Note 6.1a
    • Information about academic research within the last three years.
  • 6.2. Please provide both of the following:

    • Proof of domestic or overseas employment with three or more years of work experience in related fields. Note 6.2a
    • Documentary evidence of technology (e.g. domestic or foreign patent certificates), proof of technology transfer (e.g. technology transfer contracts) or other proof of expertise (e.g. academic works, certificates, licenses, and documents verifying receipt of awards).

After receiving a doctoral degree, having spent at least four years continuing to engage in a specialized occupation or to perform research work in a research institution or to conduct R&D or management in a science and technology institution.

Please select either 7.1 or 7.2 and provide all of the documents specified for it:

  • 7.1. Please provide all of the following:

    • Proof of possessing a domestic or foreign doctoral degree.
    • Proof of domestic or overseas employment with four or more years of work experience in related fields. Note 7.1a
    • Information about academic research within the last four years.
  • 7.2. Please provide all of the following:

    • Proof of possessing a domestic or foreign doctoral degree.
    • Proof of domestic or overseas employment with four or more years of work experience in related fields. Note 7.2a
    • Documentary evidence of technology (e.g. domestic or foreign patent certificates), proof of technology transfer (e.g. technology transfer contracts) or other proof of expertise (e.g. academic works, certificates, licenses, and documents verifying receipt of awards).

Please select either 8.1 or 8.2 and provide all of the documents specified for it:

  • 8.1. Please provide all of the following:

    • Domestic or foreign academic certificate(s).
    • Proof of domestic or overseas employment with three years or more of work experience in related fields. Note 8.1a
    • Information about academic research within the last three years.
  • 8.2. Please provide both of the following:

    • Proof of domestic or overseas employment with three years or more of work experience in related fields. Note 8.2a
    • Documentary evidence of technology (e.g. domestic or foreign patent certificates), proof of technology transfer (e.g. technology transfer contracts) or other proof of expertise (e.g. academic works, certificates, licenses, and documents verifying receipt of awards).

Please provide all of the following documents:

  • Proof of possessing a domestic or foreign doctoral degree.
  • Proof of domestic or overseas employment with three years or more of work experience in related fields. Note 9
  • Documentary evidence of technology (e.g. domestic or foreign patent certificates), proof of technology transfer (e.g. technology transfer contracts) or other proof of expertise (e.g. academic works, certificates, licenses, and documents verifying receipt of awards).

Please provide both of the following documents:

  • Media coverage or other supporting documentation of the startup company being successfully listed on a foreign stock exchange.
  • Documentary proof of the applicant as a senior executive serving or having left service as a unit supervisor or above of said company; or documentary proof of the applicant serving or having left service as a core member of an R&D team in the R&D unit of said company. Proof of work experience is a Certificate of Employment with your full name, company name, position, actual duration of employment, company stamp/seal, or signature of the entity by which the paper was issued.

Please provide both of the following documents:

  • Media coverage or other supporting documentation of the startup company having been merged with or acquired by another company at a transaction value of at least 5 million USD.
  • Documentary proof of the applicant as a senior executive serving or having left service as a unit supervisor or above of said company; or documentary proof of the applicant serving or having left service as a core member of an R&D team in the R&D unit of said company. Proof of work experience is a Certificate of Employment with your full name, company name, position, actual duration of employment, company stamp/seal, or signature of the entity by which the paper was issued.

Serving as a senior executive of a venture capital firm or fund with solid achievement of investing in overseas startups or startups under programs of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC).

Please select either 12.1 or 12.2, and attach required for the selected item:

  • 12.1. Please attach either one or both of the following documents:

    • Proof of employment or resignation of the senior executive of a venture capital firm or a fund that has USD 5,000,000 investment in a non-Taiwanese startup company/team.
    • Proof of employment or resignation of the senior executive of a venture capital firm or a fund that has USD 1,000,000 investment in a startup company / team, affiliated to any program of MOST.
  • 12.2. Please attach the following document:

    • Proof of employment or resignation of the senior executive serving as a unit supervisor or any higher hierarchy in the startup company.

Proof of work experience is a Certificate of Employment with your full name, company name, position, actual duration of employment, company stamp/seal, or signature of the entity by which the paper was issued.

  • Please provide documents that demonstrate the applicant’s expertise or experience (e.g. domestic or foreign academic certificates, proof of employment, information about academic research, documentary evidence of technology, proof of technology transfer, and documents verifying receipt of awards).

Notes:

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Documentary proof of salary or tax payment means one of the following:

  • Any annual tax statement issued within 3 years of the application date (e.g., Australia PAYG Payment Summary, Canada T4, Israel 106 Form, Russia 2-NDFL, Poland PIT-11, UK P60, US W-2) to prove that your monthly salary was at average above NTD$160,000. If such certification cannot be presented owing to provisions of tax law, it may, after explanation of the tax law provisions preventing its presentation, be replaced by employer’s certification. (The Certificate of Employment should specify the period of employment, job content/position, and the actual salary received. If the Certificate of Employment does not specify the salary, it should be accompanied by a salary slip to support it).

  • The employment contract of intended future employment in the ROC.

    • Documents not made in Mandarin or English shall be attached with translations. Documents issued in the Mainland area have to be attested and examined by the institutions instituted or appointed by the Executive Yuan, or non-governmental organizations entrusted by the Executive Yuan (Strait Exchange Foundation) in accordance with the rule in Article 7 of“Act Governing Relations between Peoples of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area”;Documents from the following countries/regions must be verified by an overseas ROC representative office: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bengal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cuba, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Laos, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
2.1a
  • Proof of employment must be certification of service or departure from service issued by the entity in which the applicant is/was serving. An offering letter is not accepted as a formal proof of employment. Proof of work experience is a Certificate of Employment with your full name, company name, position, actual duration of employment, company stamp/seal, or signature of the entity by which the paper was issued.
  • When the applicant has proof of both domestic and overseas employment, either or both may be provided, but the domestic and overseas work experience in related fields must total three years or more.
2.2a
  • Proof of employment must be certification of service or departure from service issued by the entity in which the applicant is/was serving. An offering letter is not accepted as a formal proof of employment. Proof of work experience is a Certificate of Employment with your full name, company name, position, actual duration of employment, company stamp/seal, or signature of the entity by which the paper was issued.
  • When the applicant has proof of both domestic and overseas employment, either or both may be provided, but the domestic and overseas work experience in related fields must total three years or more.
3.1a
  • Proof of employment must be certification of service or departure from service issued by the entity in which the applicant is/was serving. An offering letter is not accepted as a formal proof of employment. Proof of work experience is a Certificate of Employment with your full name, company name, position, actual duration of employment, company stamp/seal, or signature of the entity by which the paper was issued.
  • When the applicant has proof of both domestic and overseas employment, either or both may be provided, but the domestic and overseas work experience in related fields must total three years or more.
3.2a
  • Proof of employment must be certification of service or departure from service issued by the entity in which the applicant is/was serving. An offering letter is not accepted as a formal proof of employment. Proof of work experience is a Certificate of Employment with your full name, company name, position, actual duration of employment, company stamp/seal, or signature of the entity by which the paper was issued.
  • When the applicant has proof of both domestic and overseas employment, either or both may be provided, but the domestic and overseas work experience in related fields must total three years or more.
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  • Domestic and foreign national science academies in all fields are included.
  • “Academician” refers to a nation’s highest academic title in various fields of science and technology, and is a lifelong honor.
6.1a
  • Proof of employment must be certification of service or departure from service issued by the entity in which the applicant is/was serving. An offering letter is not accepted as a formal proof of employment. Proof of work experience is a Certificate of Employment with your full name, company name, position, actual duration of employment, company stamp/seal, or signature of the entity by which the paper was issued.
  • When the applicant has proof of both domestic and overseas employment, either or both may be provided, but the domestic and overseas work experience in related fields must total three years or more.
6.2a
  • Proof of employment must be certification of service or departure from service issued by the entity in which the applicant is/was serving. An offering letter is not accepted as a formal proof of employment. Proof of work experience is a Certificate of Employment with your full name, company name, position, actual duration of employment, company stamp/seal, or signature of the entity by which the paper was issued.
  • When the applicant has proof of both domestic and overseas employment, either or both may be provided, but the domestic and overseas work experience in related fields must total three years or more.
7.1a
  • Proof of employment must be certification of service or departure from service issued by the entity in which the applicant is/was serving. An offering letter is not accepted as a formal proof of employment. Proof of work experience is a Certificate of Employment with your full name, company name, position, actual duration of employment, company stamp/seal, or signature of the entity by which the paper was issued.
  • When the applicant has proof of both domestic and overseas employment, either or both may be provided, but the domestic and overseas work experience in related fields must total four years or more.
7.2a
  • Proof of employment must be certification of service or departure from service issued by the entity in which the applicant is/was serving. An offering letter is not accepted as a formal proof of employment. Proof of work experience is a Certificate of Employment with your full name, company name, position, actual duration of employment, company stamp/seal, or signature of the entity by which the paper was issued.
  • When the applicant has proof of both domestic and overseas employment, either or both may be provided, but the domestic and overseas work experience in related fields must total four years or more.
8.1a
  • Proof of employment must be certification of service or departure from service issued by the entity in which the applicant is/was serving. An offering letter is not accepted as a formal proof of employment. Proof of work experience is a Certificate of Employment with your full name, company name, position, actual duration of employment, company stamp/seal, or signature of the entity by which the paper was issued.
  • When the applicant has proof of both domestic and overseas employment, either or both may be provided, but the domestic and overseas work experience in related fields must total three years or more.
8.2a
  • Proof of employment must be certification of service or departure from service issued by the entity in which the applicant is/was serving. An offering letter is not accepted as a formal proof of employment. Proof of work experience is a Certificate of Employment with your full name, company name, position, actual duration of employment, company stamp/seal, or signature of the entity by which the paper was issued.
  • When the applicant has proof of both domestic and overseas employment, either or both may be provided, but the domestic and overseas work experience in related fields must total three years or more.
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  • Proof of employment must be certification of service or departure from service issued by the entity in which the applicant is/was serving. An offering letter is not accepted as a formal proof of employment. Proof of work experience is a Certificate of Employment with your full name, company name, position, actual duration of employment, company stamp/seal, or signature of the entity by which the paper was issued.
  • When the applicant has proof of both domestic and overseas employment, either or both may be provided, but the domestic and overseas work experience in related fields must total three years or more.

Summary

Last changed November 5th 2020

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You may be eligible to apply if you: 1) Have unique talents or skills in R&D, design or innovation; 2) Hold international awards or national academy membership; or 3) Have special expertise or knowledge in such cutting-edge technological fields as software applications, nanotechnology, optoelectronics, ICT, biotechnology, AI, and IoT.

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