*Due to the pandemic, Office Hours will be closed until further notice.
*From 7/27 to 11/1, R.O.C. (Taiwan) Overseas Missions will halt the processing of visa applications (including the Passport Inspection Stage of the Gold Cards).
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.
In order to apply, you must meet ALL of the following requirements:
Please refer to the National Immigration Agency’s guide to the Application for Permanent Residency.
For the 3-year calculation period of permanent residency, you must reside in Taiwan as a Gold Card holder. If your original ARC has met the requirements of Article 25 of the Immigration Act, it can be combined with your Gold Card status, but the total number of years required to apply for permanent residency is 5 (e.g., 3 years with a foreign professional ARC plus 2 years as a Gold Card holder).
The start date for calculating permanent residency is the Date of Issue indicated on your Gold Card. As long as your Gold Card is valid for 3 years, you have resided in Taiwan for an average of more than 183 days per year, and you meet the other application requirements, you can apply for permanent residency.
Yes. Foreign Special Professional status + Gold Card holder status residing in Taiwan for at least 3 years can apply for permanent residency.
For Gold Card holders, a Doctoral Degree Certificate issued by a Taiwanese institution can count towards 1 year of your residency. In other words, a Gold Card holder with a Doctorate Degree (Ph.D.) in Taiwan can apply for permanent residency earliest after residing in Taiwan for 2 years.
The spouse and children of Gold Card holders may also apply for permanent residency under the same requirements as Gold Card holders. However, having a Doctorate Degree Certificate issued by Taiwanese institution will not count towards their residency for the spouse and children.
To apply, individuals must meet ONE of the following requirements (choose the requirement that is most beneficial to you):
Application for Permanent Residence Information:
These original benefits will not be affected:
If you hold an APRC, but have been abroad and have not entered Taiwan for over 5 years, then your Permanent Resident Permit will be revoked and your Alien Permanent Resident Certificate will be cancelled. Please refer to Article 33 of the Immigration Act to learn more about the regulation.
It is recommended that you submit the application for extension at least 4 months prior to your Gold Card’s expiration date.
If you do not apply for an extension within the validity period of your Gold Card, you will not be able to apply for an extension and will have to re-apply for a Gold Card. This means that the Date of Issue for your reapplied Gold Card will not be able to continue from the expiration date of your previous card. This means that your stay in Taiwan as a Gold Card holder will be interrupted, which may affect your eligibility to apply for permanent residency after 3 years of residing in Taiwan. Instead, you need to stay in Taiwan for 5 consecutive years before you can apply for permanent residency.
If you have submitted an application for the extension of your Gold Card, while you are waiting for approval, you can apply for an Employment Seeking Resident Certificate (maximum 6+6 months) at the National Immigration Agency. When the extension application is approved, the validity period of your Gold Card will continue from the expiry date of your original Gold Card, meaning the validity period of your Gold Card will not be interrupted.
The amendment regarding permanent residency is for foreign employment gold cardholders, not including Hong Kong or Macau residents.
The application of Hong Kong and Macau residents (Hong Kong & Macau gold cardholders included) for residence and settlement in Taiwan is handled in accordance with Articles 16 and 29 of the “Regulations Governing Permits for Hong Kong and Macao Residents Entering the Taiwan Area and Setting up Residence or Registered Permanent Residence in R.O.C” issued by the National Immigration Agency of the Ministry of the Interior.
If you have any doubts about the settlement, please contact the Taiwan-Hong Kong Economic and Cultural Co-operation Council for more information.
A perfect application takes at least 14 working days if your supporting documents are accepted the first time. If you are asked to provide additional supporting documents, expect 30 days.
You can apply for a 6+6 month extension of stay at the National Immigration Agency, which will allow you to remain in Taiwan for a maximum of 12 months, but you cannot work. If you want to work in Taiwan, you will need to apply for a work permit.
On page 6 of the following document under Matters of Attention #2, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) lists a few options for you to provide proof of financial assets.
The NIA requires one of the following documents:
In the most recent year (meaning either the twelve months up to and including the month preceding the date of the application, or the year from January to December preceding the date of the application) having an average monthly income that is more than twice the minimum monthly wage announced by the Ministry of Labor (if the withholding vouchers or salary income certificates used for calculating the applicant’s income traverse two years, the minimum monthly wage announced by the Ministry of Labor for the most recent year will be taken as the basis for calculating twice the minimum monthly wage; if the calendar year preceding the date of the application is used for calculating the applicant’s income, the minimum monthly wage announced by the Ministry of Labor for that year will be taken as the basis for calculating twice the minimum monthly wage), may submit one of the following documents that upon approval by the NIA:
Having chattels and real estate in Taiwan with an estimated total value in excess of five million NT dollars (NT$5,000,000).
Having certification issued by an ROC (Taiwan) government authority of qualification equivalent to passing the Senior Qualification Examination for Professional and Technical Personnel or gaining Technician Skills Certification of Class B or above.
Having other approval from the NIA.
For Monthly Basic Wage (Minimum Wage), please refer to the Ministry of Labor’s website.
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