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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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In order to qualify for an Employment Gold Card, your skills must be related to one of ten fields: Science and Technology, Economics, Education, Culture and Art, Sport, Finance, Law, Architecture, National Defense, or Digital. You must select which ministry is most relevant, and in most cases, also select a specific qualification in that particular area for your application.

Feel free to use our Gold Card Qualification Check to check your qualification.

Application is done online.

Once you have determined how you are qualified, gather the required documents:

  1. Digital copy of your passport
  2. Digital copy of your passport photo
  3. Digital copies of all documents needed to support your application
  4. Your previous Taiwanese visa and residence permit (if any)

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To reset your account or password, please login to the Foreign Professionals Online Application Platform and click “Forgot Account?” or “Forget Password?”

If you experience difficulties logging in, please contact the National Immigration Agency (a378liu@immigration.gov.tw) and provide a copy of your Gold Card or passport.

If any of these below are true, your application will not be accepted:

  1. An R.O.C. National who has a Taiwanese household registration, and is currently residing in Taiwan.
  2. Entered Taiwan with an R.O.C passport. Note: When applying for residency, or an extension of stay or residency, those who entered Taiwan with a foreign passport must first register their moving-out registration with the Household Registration Office.
  3. The application of males who have not completed compulsory military service of conscription age or near conscription age if they fall into one of the following situations:* Having neither an Overseas Compatriot Identity Certificate for the purpose of military service nor an Overseas Compatriot Identity Endorsement on his R.O.C. passport.
  • Being an overseas draftee who has resided in Taiwan Area for one year or more.
  • Having been subjected to conscription in accordance with the law and is being restricted from leaving the country.

To change your email address, login to the Foreign Professionals Online Application Platform , click “Account”, and then “Basic Information Maintenance”. You may directly change your email address from this page.

  1. Mainland Chinese citizens
  2. Individuals with Hong Kong/Macau and Taiwan Dual Citizenship
  3. Individuals who entered Taiwan with an R.O.C. passport
  4. R.O.C. Nationals living in Taiwan with a household registration
  5. R.O.C. Nationals who entered Taiwan with a foreign passport and have not yet applied for Household De-Registration
  6. Men who have not fulfilled their military service obligations or are close to service age who fall under any of the following categories:
  • Does not hold an Overseas Compatriot Identity Certificate for Military Service Purpose
  • Does not hold an R.O.C. passport with the endorsement of the Overseas Chinese residence status
  • Has Overseas Compatriot with Military Service Identity and has lived in Taiwan for one year
  • Is subject to conscription and restrictions to exit according to the Act of Military Service System

When filling out the Visa Application(Submit the Passport) section on the Foreign Professionals Online Application Platform, the fields found under “Have you ever been issued an ROC Visa?” are not mandatory to fill in, including such information as the visa-issuing office, the last application date, and the visa number. Similarly, the start and end dates of any previous employment under “Have you ever worked in Taiwan” are also not mandatory to fill in.

In accordance with Articles 9 and 12 of the Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals and Article 23 of the Immigration Act, holders of visas with a stay duration of 60 days or more and without restrictive annotations upon entry are eligible to convert to an Employment Gold Card. The eligible visa annotation codes include A, B, P, ES, and J. For those with the YM annotation, it should be changed to category A in Taiwan before they can apply for the Gold Card.

For detailed visa annotation regulations, please refer to this link

If you are planning on applying under this regulation, you should provide:

  • Your Certificate of Employments
  • Award records
  • Press releases (such as news or in other media)
  • Articles you have published related to Taiwan
  • Recommendation letter, including the reference’s position and contact information Other significant contributions to Taiwan

If this is the case, it likely means that you have used symbols in your account username/password or your email address has not been recognized by the National Immigration Agency (e.g., you may be using a Mainland Chinese mailbox or encrypted mail). In both instances, your account/password will not be accepted by the Online Application Portal .

To proceed, you should select ‘Create an Account’ to make a new account, with a username/password that does not include any symbols. Please see the image below for reference.

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Please confirm whether you currently hold or have previously held 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 within the last three years have important academic contributions or important specialist works or have published internationally recognized research. Please note that experience as an assistant professor or assistant researcher does not meet the eligibility criteria specified for Regulation 6; only associate professors, associate researchers, and above qualify.

You must have a recent monthly salary of at least NT$160,000 and have previously held or currently hold a position in a technology industry or field, either in a company, research and development institute, or academic institution. However, it is advised to consider applying under a different field in the following situations:

  1. If your expertise is in software application and software technology (e.g. Software engineer for various companies). This follows the Ministry of Digital Affairs’ announcement in May 2023 of additional provisions for the eligibility of “Foreign Special Professionals with Specialized Knowledge/Skills in the Digital Field”, and the passage of the Organization Act of the Administration for Digital Industries, which established the administration as the competent authority for the development of the digital economy and placed it in charge of the following matters: planning and drafting policies, laws, and regulations for digital economy related industries; providing guidance and incentives for interdisciplinary digital innovation of artificial intelligence, big data, platform economy, or other digital economy related industries; providing guidance and incentives for system integration and vertical application; providing guidance and incentives for software products and digital services; providing guidance and incentives for digital content and data economy; promoting and implementing international exchanges and cooperation of digital economy related industries; cultivating talents for digital economy related industries; and other matters pertaining to the development of digital economy related industries. Therefore, if your work experience aligns with the above-mentioned digital economy related matters, it is recommended to apply under Regulation 2 within the digital field, for review by the Ministry of Digital Affairs.
  2. If you have held the position of operations, technical or marketing executive in a high-tech R&D hub, operations headquarters or transnational corporation established in Taiwan, please apply under Regulation 1 or Regulation 2 within the Field of Economy, for review by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).
  1. You must prove that you have unique skills, outstanding R&D design performance, or substantial innovative achievement in a cutting-edge or forward-looking area of technology.
  2. Your proof of expertise documents should include a well-organized portfolio of information showcasing your personal achievements and contributions of your service, emphasizing your individual accomplishments rather than focusing on the company in which you have worked for. Demonstration of any competition awards, notable achievements, renowned systems, significant projects, publications, or patents are all be encouraged.

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

The Foreign Professionals Online Application Platform allows applicants to store their application data for one month. If the application data has been saved but the payment has not been made or the application has not been submitted, due to security settings, the National Immigration Agency will clear the stored data after one month.

You do not need to have a high salary. Some fields have a criteria where applicants with a salary greater than NT$160,000 qualify, however, this is only one criteria. To date, other than the dedicated salary criteria, no other criteria has financial requirements.

According to Regulation 13, the documents you provide regarding your expertise or experience must demonstrate your potential contribution to Taiwan’s technology industry. Such documentation includes, but is not limited to, proof of domestic or foreign academic credentials, service certificates, academic research, technical skills, technology transfer, and award certificates. As stated in Regulations 2 and 3 of the eligibility requirements, your proof of expertise documents should include a well-organized portfolio of information showcasing your personal achievements and contributions of your service, emphasizing your individual accomplishments rather than focusing on the company in which you have worked for. Competition awards, notable achievements, renowned systems, significant projects, publications, or patents are all be encouraged as demonstration of an applicant’s potential to contribute to Taiwan’s technology industry. Please refrain from submitting certificates of completed hours of courses, as they are insufficient to prove one’s potential contributions to Taiwan’s science and technology industry.

To qualify, you must hold a PhD graduation certificate issued by one of the top 500 universities listed in the most recent QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, or U.S. News & World Report Rankings. Please note that rankings based on specific subjects do not qualify for this regulation. Check the top 500 World University Rankings provided by the Ministry of Education.

Please review the “Authority-In-Charge for Various Industries” to check whether your industry is considered as under the Ministry of Culture’s jurisdiction.

  • Employment Gold Card holders. (Article 9 of the Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals)
  • A foreign professional, foreign specialist professional or foreign senior professional who engages in professional work in the R.O.C. and has obtained permanent residency. (Article 7 of Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals)
  • A foreign worker who is employed as a consultant or researcher by the R.O.C. government or their subordinate academic research institutes. (Subparagraph 1, Paragraph 1, Article 48 of the Employment Service Act)
  • Those holding only the Nationality of the Republic of China who do not have a permanent residence in Taiwan. (Article 79 of the Employment service Act)
  • A foreign worker who is married to a Taiwanese citizen, has a registered permanent residence in Taiwan, and is permitted to stay in Taiwan. (Subparagraph 2, Paragraph 1, Article 48 of the Employment Service Act)
  • A foreign worker who is employed at a public or registered private college/university to hold lectures or conduct academic research, and is approved by the Ministry of Education. (Subparagraph 3, Paragraph 1, Article 48 of the Employment Service Act)
  • Individuals from the Mainland Area approved to have spouse residency or long-term residency on a case-by-case basis. (Article 17-1 of the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area)
  • Those whose entry visa is viewed as work permit – holiday work: The entry visa held by a foreign worker shall be deemed as a work permit. Should such visa be granted on the basis of an international written agreement specifying the foreign work permit, the number of people, and the period of residence (stay), it must be noted that the primary purpose of such agreement is not to enter Taiwan to work. (Article 4 of the Regulations on the Permission and Administration of the Employment of Foreign Workers)
  • Cases in which the entry visa held by a foreign worker for a period of stay that is within 30 days shall be deemed as a work permit (Paragraph 1, Article 5 of the Regulations on the Permission and Administration of the Employment of Foreign Workers):
  1. Undertaking contracts for at most 30 days.
  2. To help assist in the solution of emergency cases and related problems for the purpose of public welfare and to engage in special and technical work.
  3. Well-known experts recognized by the central governing authorities or invited by schools of the college level or higher, governments of all levels and their subordinate academic research institutes to be engaged in speeches or commercial technical advisory work.
  4. Those who are invited by the central governing authorities to be engaged in non-profit art performances or sports events.
  • Cases in which the entry visa for a period of stay that is within 90 days held by a foreign worker shall be deemed as a work permit (Paragraph 2, Article 5 of the Regulations on the Permission and Administration of the Employment of Foreign Workers): A foreigner who obtains an Academic and Business Travel Card issued by the immigration authority (National Immigration Agency) for the purpose of engaging in speeches or technical advisory work. For related information, please refer to the Here

Please check the Financial Examination Bureau’s List of Foreign Financial Supervisory Agencies.

If you can find your company in any of the above lists, then it would likely be recognized by the Financial Supervisory Commission.

Applicants under the Field of Law are required to provide the license of a ROC attorney or the permit of a ROC foreign legal affairs attorney. The application for the Foreign Legal Affairs Attorney’s Practice Permit can be found HERE

Please note that this application requires the applicant to provide the name and address of a local law firm, so you must find a firm who is willing to sponsor your application for this permit.

With respect to the exchange rate calculation basis, the Workforce Development Agency (WDA) current reviewing method is based on whether the Buying Cash 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. Please check the currency rate for your salary.

If the currency you want to convert is not listed on the Bank of Taiwan’s exchange rate table, please first refer to the American Dollar (USD) exchange rate at your country’s public bank. Then, convert the amount you wish to calculate into USD. Lastly, use the USD exchange rate from the Bank of Taiwan to convert the amount into New Taiwan Dollar (NTD).

Please review the List of Industries to check whether your industry is considered as under the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ jurisdiction.

If you want to find out if you are eligible for the Taiwan Employment Gold Card, please refer to the Foreign Talent Act website’s information page. If you have related questions, please send us an e-mail to help@taiwangoldcard.tw

The timeline for issuing the Employment Gold Card is as follows:

  1. Information Check: The National Immigration Agency confirms your basic details (1-2 weeks).

  2. Qualification Check: Various relevant ministries review your application (1-2 months). If you are asked to provide Supplementary Documents, it will take longer.

  3. Passport Inspection: For overseas applicants, your local Taiwan embassy will inspect your passport (1 week). For domestic applicants, this step shall be skipped.

  4. Secondary Review: The National Immigration Agency (NIA) performs a final review of your application and prints your Gold Card (1-2 weeks). However, if you have worked for any Mainland Chinese companies or the government, please expect at least 1-2 months for the National Immigration Agency’s final review.

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

If you continue to have issues, please contact the National Immigration Agency at a378liu@immigration.gov.tw

Please follow these instructions to pay your application fees online.

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For those who apply for a Gold Card for the first time, the card issuance date is the start date. For those who extend their Gold Card, the period of validity will be extended from the original period of stay.

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Please apply online via the “ Foreign Professionals Online Application Platform (Employment Gold Card) ”. The application is reviewed by the National Immigration Agency of the Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and other specialized authorities.

All Employment Gold Cards must be picked up in-person in Taiwan. Before you arrive in Taiwan, please find your “Republic of China Employment Gold Card Resident Authorization Certificate” online and print it out. You can enter Taiwan with this certificate along with your passport inspection certificate. You must bring this certificate and your original passport to your previously selected National Immigration Agency’s Service Center to pick up your Employment Gold Card. You must pick up your Gold Card within 30 days, starting from the day after your arrival.

If your birthplace is in Mainland China, the National Immigration Agency will require you to upload the following documents:

  1. Your passport to prove you have been residing abroad over four years. You should upload every page of your passport to prove the duration of your stay. According to Supplementary to Article 7 of the Enforcement Rules for the Act Governing Relations between Peoples of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, “Residing Abroad” does not include those who stay in Taiwan. Please refer to page 30 (Chinese version)
  2. Choose any four-year period, and ensure that, for each year, you did not stay longer than 30 days each entry. Please make a list of the dates of entry/exit, include the page number that it may be found in your passport, and finally sign your name.

In addition to submitting documents to meet the requirements prescribed in Article 7 Paragraphs 1 and 2 of the Enforcement Rules for the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, shall also submit one of the following:

If you are Hong Kong or Macao resident, please refer HERE .

Should you have any questions regarding the required documents, please contact NIA’s service center .

To check your application status, login to the Foreign Professionals Online Application Platform , click “Application Progress Inquiry”, and fill in your 12-digit application number.

If you wish to check the status of your application, please only fill in the first 3 columns and leave the rest blank.

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Unfortunately, there will be no refunds once your application is submitted, regardless of the result of the application or if you revoke your application.

Please refer to the relevant regulations .

Please see the instructions below to withdraw your application.

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Revoke

If you have any objections to the adjudication given by the National Immigration Agency, you may file an administrative appeal to your designated NIA Service Center (where you have chosen to pick up your Gold Card) within 30-days of receiving this adjudication. Your appeal will then be forwarded to the Ministry of the Interior.

If you have any questions about filing an appeal, please contact the NIA’s Service Center or write to NIA’s Director .

Please be aware that, once your application has been rejected, you will not be able to resubmit or continue the application process. However, you may reapply for the Gold Card on the Online Application Portal. To reapply for the Gold Card, please see the instructions below.

If the Gold Card holder acquires or restores their R.O.C nationality during the period of residence in Taiwan, the NIA shall revoke or repeal the Gold Card in accordance with the Act 7, The Regulations Governing Employment Gold Card Permit for Foreign Special Professionals, “During the period of residence in the State, the Employment Gold Card holder falls into one of the situations described in various paragraphs of Article 32 of the Immigration Act”.

If you need to choose a year before 2012, please click 2012 and scroll up. If you have forgotten the date that your ROC Visa was issued, please contact the Bureau of Consular Affair.

Please follow the steps below or the attached photo to fill in your ARC number. Case Status Check → The List of Supplemental Documents → View → Modify → Resident → ID No. (optional)

ID No. (optional) DEMO

  1. At present, Taiwan’s Uniform Identification (UI) Number format is divided into two formats. The old format consists of 2 English letters plus 8 numerical digits, and the new format consists of 1 English letter plus 9 numerical digits. If you once had an ID number in the old format but have converted to a new UI number, please use your new UI number to apply.
  2. If you are not a Hong Kong or Macao resident, UI No. means ARC number.

Please select the city and district from the drop-down menu, and type in the rest of your address in Chinese (do not type in the city and district).

Please refer to the photo attached below.

Address DEMO

  1. Please use either Google Chrome or Firefox as your browser (do not use Safari).
  2. Please do not use any symbols when making your account username.
  3. Make sure that each page of your application has been successfully saved.
  4. Ensure that you have answered every question with a red asterisk next to it.
  5. Check that your passport photo and supporting documents have been uploaded successfully. Your passport photo should be 413 pixels wide and 531 pixels high and supporting documents should be in PDF format.
  6. You can only upload one PDF file (max 1024K) that contains all of your documents. If you are not familiar with combining and compressing PDF files, there are several open-source PDF Editors on the Internet that can help (e.g. SnapFiles or ILovePDF).
  7. Please do not set the PDF filename too long. Shorten it and then you can upload it.
  8. Check to see if your application portal has popped up in a new window (please pay attention to your Logout Countdown; the NIA platform will redirect users who have spent more than 30 minutes on one page).
  9. If your session has timed out, please log in again and re-submit your application.
  10. Please do NOT encrypt your documents.
  11. Clear the Cache and Cookies in Your Web Browser.

If you continue to have issues, please contact the National Immigration Agency at a378liu@immigration.gov.tw

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:

  • 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.

    If your annual salary has been adjusted and now meets the requirement of an average monthly salary of NT$160,000, but you are unable to provide a tax return as proof as it is not yet time to file your tax return, you shall submit all of the following documents to support your application:

    1. The most recent year’s tax statement before your salary was adjusted to NT$160,000 or higher
    2. A salary adjustment statement issued by your company
    3. Annual salary statements or pay slips issued by the company
  • 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 or self-employed business owners, 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.

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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.

Since you are now in Taiwan, you will be exempted from verifying your passport overseas and your application will be reviewed by the National Immigration Agency, Ministry of the Interior. Please refer to this FAQ to see how to update your passport inspection location information.

If your Gold Card application is approved, you can print out your Resident Authorization for Overseas Applicants (found under the download section of the application portal) and present it upon entering Taiwan. After entering Taiwan, please bring your Resident Authorization for Overseas Applicants, electronic payment receipt (also found under the download section of the application portal), and your passport to your selected National Immigration Agency (NIA) service center to pick up your Gold Card.

NIA is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 17:00 through the lunch hour, please refer to the link to find your chosen NIA service center: https://www.immigration.gov.tw/5475/5478/141386/127061/127076/

You can still enter Taiwan, but you must present your new and old passport, and Resident Authorization Certificate.

Please also remember to update your new passport number through the online application platform after you pick up your Gold Card.

Login to the Foreign Professionals Online Application Platform → Application → Apply to Change Passport Inspection or Card Collection Location.

Please note that:

  1. The passport inspection location can be changed on the online platform before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) finishes reviewing your application. If you want to change to enter Taiwan with a visa for domestic inspection, you need to change the passport inspection location after entering Taiwan. If you have not entered Taiwan, but chose to undergo domestic inspection, your application will be returned due to the lack of entry documents.

  2. After you pass the MOFA’s review, you can no longer change the passport inspection or pick-up location.

  3. It is not possible to change the location of the overseas passport inspection to Taiwan during or before the review stage of the Workforce Development Agency.

    Pic1-Change Passport Inspection Location
    Pic1-Change Passport Inspection Location

    Pic2-Type your Application No. and Date of Birth
    Pic2-Type your Application No. and Date of Birth

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    Pic3-Have Not Reached the Passport Inspection Stage

    Pic4-During the Passport Inspection Stage
    Pic4-During the Passport Inspection Stage

You must physically be in Taiwan if you want someone to pick up your Gold Card for you. If you cannot pick up your Gold Card personally, you can have a friend or family member pick it up for you. That person will have to bring the following to pick up your card:

  1. Their ID/ARC
  2. Your Application Receipt
  3. Your Resident Authorization Certificate (You must present your Resident Authorization Certificate when entering Taiwan. If you apply domestically and ask someone else to pick up your Gold Card, it is not required.)
  4. Photocopy of your Passport
  5. An Affidavit written by you stating that you have authorized this person to pick up your Gold Card for you.

Please refer to attached instructions to download your application receipt and resident authorization certificate.

Receipt Download

Download resident authorization for overseas applicants

Should you have any concerns about pickup process, please contact your local National Immigration Agency’s service center .

Please log into the Online Application Portal , go to the Download Menu –> select Download the R.O.C (Taiwan) Resident Authorization for Overseas Applicants and Receipt Download. Next, print out your R.O.C. Resident Authorization Certificate in color to use it for entering Taiwan, then bring the Resident Authorization Certificate, receipt, and your passport to pick up your physical card at your designated National Immigration Agency Service Center 30 days of entering Taiwan.

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Regulation 4 requires a review of the applicant’s work experience and achievement awarded in sports industry, such as having been a sports coach, the performance of students who have participated in competitions, or having been an athlete who has participated in various international competitions.

Additionally, the reference letter(s) issued by a university or tertiary college in the ROC may be written by the head of the department.

If you are applying for a Gold Card overseas for the first time and do not have a Taiwanese address, you can leave this question blank. However, you must update your address on the application platform within 30 days of moving into your new house.

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.

Login to the Foreign Professionals Online Application Platform → Case Status Check → Preview → Location of Collection

Please refer to THIS link for the list of National Immigration Agency’s Service Centers

NIA GoldCard ENG

Please contact the Ministry that is currently reviewing your application and ask them to return your application so you can edit your passport number.

For example, if your application status is Review by the Workforce Development Agency (WDA), please ask the WDA to return your application so you can edit your passport number on the application portal.

If your application status shows “Passport Inspection at the Bureau of Consular Affairs or Overseas Missions of R.O.C. (Taiwan),” kindly request the Overseas Mission to return your application. This will allow you to update your passport number on the application portal. It’s important to note that during the the stage of Passport Inspection, if there is a change in your passport number, the passport submission notice cannot be updated with the new passport number.

To update your passport information, 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.

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