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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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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)

For more info Application Process

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.

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

According to the National Immigration Agency’s Article 4 of Employment Gold Card Application Instructions, after an applicant uploads all required documents to the Application Platform, one can choose the effective period of the Employment Gold Card between one year, two years, or three years. To complete the application process, one shall choose between “domestic” or “overseas” application and pay the applicable fees according to the fees shown when choosing the effective period for the Employment Gold Card with an international credit card. Regardless of the acceptance of the application, fees are nonrefundable.

Please refer to the relevant regulations .

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.

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.

If you do not have a Taiwanese address yet, you can leave this question blank and update it online once you confirm your address in Taiwan.

In order to qualify for an Employment Gold Card, your skills must be related to one of eight fields: Science and Technology, Economics, Education, Culture and Art, Sport, Finance, Law, or Architecture. 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.

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.

Changing the passport inspection location or Gold Card pick-up location: Login to the Foreign Professionals Online Application Platform → Application → Application for the change of passport inspection location (or certificate collection location).

Please note that the passport inspection location can be changed on the online platform before the approval of the Workforce Development Agency. After you have received an email notification of Passport Inspection Notification, you can no longer make changes online. Please contact the Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) at boca2107@boca.gov.tw to make any changes.

The pick-up location can be changed on the online platform before the Workforce Development Agency (WDA) finishes reviewing your application. After you pass the WDA review, you can no longer change the pick-up location.

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.

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.

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

If you need to choose a year before 2011, please click 2011 and scroll up. If you have forgotten the date that your ROC Visa was issued, please contact the Bureau of Consular Affair.

Since the Gold Card application is submitted through an online application platform, the application process is the same whether you apply from abroad or domestically. The pickup process, however, varies depending on where you’ve applied and where you’ve chosen to pick up your card.

Please check the currency rate for your salary.

As long as one of the rates meets the requirement, you are eligible to apply for the Gold Card:

  1. The Buying Cash Rate during the time your application is being reviewed by the Workforce Development Agency (WDA).
  2. The Buying Cash Rate during the time your salary was earned.

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.

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

(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)

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 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.

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.

If you have applied for the Gold Card domestically, you must get your passport inspected at Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) in Taiwan and collect your Gold Card at National Immigration Agency. You cannot change the passport inspection location and pick up location to overseas.

If you need to leave Taiwan before you get your passport inspected, you must apply for another visa to enter Taiwan and have your passport inspected at BOCA in Taiwan.

If you apply in Taiwan, you need to get your passport inspected at the Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA). Please download a copy of the Passport Submission Notice from the Downloads area in the Application Portal and present that with your passport.

BOCA is open Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 17:00, please refer to the link to find the BOCA office: https://www.boca.gov.tw/lp-191-2.html

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
  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 .

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

  1. Check that each page of your Employment Gold Card Application has been successfully saved.
  2. Ensure that you have answered every question with a red asterisk next to it.
  3. Check that your passport photo and supporting documents have been uploaded successfully. Your passport photo should be 413 pixels wide and 531 pixels high. Please upload your supporting documents in PDF format.
  4. 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).
  5. If your session has timed out, please log in again and re-submit your application.

One person cannot simultaneously hold two resident certificates, so you must provide a statement of revocation for your ARC during the second review of the National Immigration Agency. The statement revoking your ARC must state that you want to revoke your current ARC due to a Gold Card application, and you must sign and date the statement.

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.

Please follow the instruction to pay your application fees online.

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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/

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.

  • Mainland Chinese citizens

  • R.O.C. Nationals living in Taiwan with household registration

  • Men who have not fulfilled their military service obligations or are close to service age or men of service age who have one of the following circumstances will not be accepted for Employment Gold Card Applications:

    1. Not holding an R.O.C. passport with an overseas Chinese identity certificate or an overseas Chinese identity for military service.
    2. The overseas Chinese national service male has lived in Taiwan for one year.
    3. Should be subject to conscription in accordance with the law and restrict their exit.

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.

When applying for the gold card from within Taiwan, some visa types are not transferable to the gold card, such as:

  • International Conference Visa (IM)
  • Trade Exhibition or other Events Visa (IM)
  • Emergency Relief (ER)
  • Medical Visa (M)
  • Working Holiday Visa (WH/YM) except for France Working Holiday
  • Studying Mandarin Chinese Visa (FR)

If you entered Taiwan with these visas, you must apply from abroad or re-enter Taiwan with another visa. You cannot convert these visas, and some others, to a Gold Card from within Taiwan.

Please remember to double check your passport to confirm your visa type. If you select the wrong visa on your application, you will be asked to reapply and will not be refunded.

Should you have any concerns about your visa type, please confirm with the Bureau of Consular Affairs .

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

To inquire about your account number, please write to the National Immigration Agency at a378liu@immigration.gov.tw and provide a copy of your Gold Card or passport.

Obtaining the Employment Gold Card overseas will take a minimum, 21 working days. After receiving the Gold Card, the overseas mission will notify the applicant by email to pick it up. If the applicant does not pick up the card within three months, it will be mailed back to the National Immigration Agency in a diplomatic bag.

If you have waited for over a month and have not received a notification letter to pick up the Gold Card from the overseas mission, ​​please contact the National Immigration Agency at 886-2-2388-9393.

The validity of your Gold Card begins on the date your card is issued, which will be printed on your actual card.

Gold Card_Expire Date

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

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 visit Contact Taiwan’s website as well or send us an e-mail to help@taiwangoldcard.tw

In accordance with the relevant regulations issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, foreigners applying for visas should submit their passports for examination by the consular authority for authenticity and for review of other requisites.

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.

Documents produced in the Mainland Area shall be presumed to be genuinely provided that they are authenticated by the institution set up or designated, or by the private organization entrusted by the Executive Yuan.

Please contact the Straits Exchange Foundation for more information.

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