Here is a summary of frequently asked questions regarding the Taiwan Employment Gold Card program, the application process, and other general questions regarding life in Taiwan and more.

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If you are planning on applying under the salary qualification, see below. You must provide ALL of the following:

  • Personal CV
  • Proof of Employment: You will need to attach your employment certificate, with your company’s name, position, and date of employment. Documents should also include the stamp, seal, or signature of (the representative of) the entity by which the paper was issued. For a sample of an employment certificate

Aside from the document(s) stated above, you must provide ONE of the following:

  1. Any annual tax statement issued within 3 years of the application date (e.g., Australia PAYG Payment Summary, Canada T4, Israel 106 Form, Poland PIT-11, Russia 2-NDFL, 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 an 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).

    If your annual salary reaches 1,920,000 NTD, “salaries and wages” shall include salaries, stipends, wages, allowances, annuities, cash awards, bonuses, and all kinds of subsidies. Whereas the money received for performing duties for the employer, such as traveling expenditures, daily allowance and overtime pay (not in excess of the prescribed amounts) shall be excluded. If these qualifications are met, you may be eligible.

    You can choose any one year within 3 years of your application date for your tax return. The Workforce Development Agency (WDA) will take the amount on your annual tax form, divide it by 12, and see if the average monthly salary is at least NTD$160,000. With respect to the exchange rate calculation basis, the WDA’s current reviewing method is based on whether the cash purchase rate on the date of review or during the period of employment of the applicant has reached NTD$160,000, and the buying cash rate from the Bank of Taiwan’s historical exchange rate will be used for valuation. If you want to check the exchange rate, please refer to the Bank of Taiwan’s exchange rate .

    Furthermore, the NTD$160,000 monthly salary refers to salary ‘before tax’. Bank receipts from your account balance, cryptocurrency, funds (as in pension funds, welfare funds, etc.), stocks, property income, etc. cannot be used as proof.

  2. The employment contract of your intended future employment in the ROC (the starting date of the employment contract must be more than 1 month after the Gold Card application.) Your employment must be based in the ROC, Taiwanese companies and multinational companies in Taiwan are both acceptable.

If you are required to attach proof of domestic or foreign service, you will have to provide a Certificate of Employment (or Proof of Resignation) with your full name, company’s name, position, actual duration of employment, and company’s stamp, seal, or signature. You may refer to the samples below.

Please note that the company name on your Certificate of Employment (or Proof of Resignation) must be consistent with the company name on your Tax Return. If you are a freelance worker, you may provide your own proof of service stating your job type, who you worked for, and when you worked.

The salary requirement as stated relates to salary and not income in total.

Most recent monthly salary of at least NT$160,000 means a monthly salary or average monthly salary of NT$160,000 or above within the three years preceding the month of the application; documentary proof of salary or tax payment means one of the following:

  1. Salary withholding certification or tax certification. But 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 (i.e. Australia PAYG payment summary, Canada T4, Israel 106 form, Russia 2-NDFL, Poland PIT-11, UK P60, US W-2).
  2. The employment contract of intended future employment in the ROC.

When you apply for the Gold Card, please fill in the UI number printed on your ARC. If the National Immigration Agency approves your Gold Card application, the system will automatically cancel your ARC.

If your documents are issued by the following countries/regions, additional verification is needed: 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. However, there are some exceptions:

  1. If you are part of a multinational corporations and have been sent to work at a branch office or subsidiary in Taiwan, your proof of work experience (provided by the head office or branch) does not need to be be authenticated.
  2. If you are employed in academic research, and your academic qualifications are from a foreign university or independent college recognized by the government of Taiwan, you do not need to have your academic qualification and work experience documents authenticated.(Refer to “Qualifications and Criteria Standards for foreigners undertaking the jobs specified under Article 46.1.1 to 46.1.6 of the Employment Service Act”(hereinafter this Act) Article 4 Paragraph 1 Subparagraph 11)
  3. If you were a foreign exchange students, overseas students, or other ethnic Chinese students who has graduated from a public or accredited private college or university in Taiwan and are looking to undertake specialized or technical work, your employer does not need to have your documents authenticated in accordance with Article 5-1 of this Act.

The official statement can be seen HERE.

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) following the rule in Article 7 of “Act Governing Relations between Peoples of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area.” Please click HERE for more information.

If the documents were issued in Mainland China, they must be verified by an institution established or designated by the Executive Yuan, or by a private organization commissioned by the Executive Yuan (e.g. the Strait Exchange Foundation) in accordance with Article 7 of the “Regulations on Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area”. The procedure for verification of Mainland documents is further explained at: Application Process for Document Authentication

Please contact the Straits Exchange Foundation for more information.

If the provided documents are not in English or Chinese, please attach a translation to English or Chinese. If you wish, you may translate the documents by yourself and attach the original documents.

Please note that once you have submitted your application, you can no longer upload any additional documents unless you are required to do so by the relevant authorities reviewing your application. If you receive notification to upload additional documents, please do so in a timely manner.

Case Status Check → The List of Supplemental Documents → View → Modify → Upload Document

  1. Please update all required supplementary information or documents on the application portal within 30-days of receiving the National Immigration Agency’s notification to provide additional documents (the update period is 6 months for applicants who must obtain additional documents abroad). If you upload your documents on the Gold Card application portal before the deadline, there will be no extra fee. If you do not submit your supplementary documents within 6 months, your application will be directly rejected by the Workforce Development Agency and you will not be refunded.
  2. Please check your current application status on the system. If your application is still under review, you must wait until the competent authority returns your application until you can take further action.
  3. Please confirm that you have uploaded the correct documents. (Currently, the preview option only shows your old documents, so please ignore the preview option, click “Next Step” continuously, then click “Send” to submit)
  4. If you are asked to provide supplementary documents, but the validity period of your passport is less than 6 months, you will need to apply for a new passport. After you receive your new passport, you need to fill in your new passport number and validity period on the application platform. Please select your passport validity period by clicking on the calendar icon as shown in the photo(s) below.

Change Passport Info 1

Change Passport Info 2

Case Status Check → The List of Supplemental Documents → View → Modify → Profession

(Please confirm that you have uploaded the correct documents. Currently, the preview option only shows your old documents, so please ignore the preview option, click “Next Step” continuously, then click “Send” to submit)

If you switch to a new Field or regulation, or there are new regulations for the Field of the previous application, the platform will not be able to transfer your documents from your previous application.

Please review in detail the regulations in each of the Fields and pay attention in particular to the notes on the required documents. Most people are better off choosing the regulation that they can provide the most proof and documents for.

If the relevant authority that is reviewing your application finds that your documents are insufficient, they will return your application and request additional documents. At this time, you can choose to submit additional documents or to change to another Field. However, if the relevant authority believes that your chances are low, they also have the ability to reject your application instead of returning it.

Gold Card applicants from these designated countries will be asked by the overseas missions of the R.O.C. to provide Letter of Guarantee for Visa Application to the Republic of China.

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