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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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Your family can enter Taiwan with a Visa-Exempt Entry or the Visitor or Resident Visa for the reason of family reunion, issued by the ROC (Taiwan) overseas mission. (Please contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs )Your family can acquire the right to reside after having been inspected by the National Immigration Agency. The required documents are:

  1. Original and photocopy of your passport
  2. Proof of dependent relative relationship authenticated by the ROC(Taiwan) overseas mission. (Not required for applicants with a Resident Visa)
  3. One 2’’ x 2’’ colored photo, front head and shoulder, taken within six months
  4. Identity documents, the Gold Card of the person to whom they bear dependent status.
  5. NT$1,000 for alien residence certificate per case valid for one year, however, additional NT$2,200 is required for applicants entering the State with a visitor visa or visa-exempt entry.
  6. A completed application form.
  7. Letter of authorization for not being able to apply in-person
  8. Applicants born in the Mainland Area and eligible for or have been granted citizenship of Mainland Area thereof, 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 certifications:(1)Original certification of non-establishment of Mainland household registration verified by the Straits Exchange Foundation.(2)Original notarial certification of cancellation of Mainland household registration verified by the Straits Exchange Foundation.(3)Documentary proof sufficient to prove renunciation of ID as a People of the Mainland Area, verified by an ROC (Taiwan)embassy or overseas mission.(4)Other documentary proof sufficient to prove renunciation of ID as a People of the Mainland Area.
  9. Certificate of current domicile

If the dependents are still abroad after the applicant has obtained the Employment Gold Card, the dependents must prepare the visa application form and required documents and apply for Resident Visas at a Taiwan overseas missions.

Please refer to the Bureau of Consular Affairs website for the application form and required documents:

Resident Visa for Spouse

Resident Visa for Children (under 20)

Applicants and their dependents are eligible for visa-exempt entry into Taiwan on the same day. Once applicants have obtained an Employment Gold Card after entry, their dependents may apply for a Resident Visa at the Bureau of Consular Affairs or any of its Central, Southwestern, Southern, or Eastern Taiwan Offices 8-business days prior to the expiration of their stay.

Dependents who have entered Taiwan on a Visitor Visa with the annotations「SF」or 「CF」and without “No Extension” restrictions, may apply for a Resident Visa at the Bureau of Consular Affairs or any of its Central, Southwestern, Southern, or Eastern Taiwan Offices 8-business days prior to the expiration of their stay.

Dependents who enter with a Resident Visa should apply for an ARC within 15 days after entry into Taiwan. For more information on the ARC application process, please refer HERE

Dependents who enter with a Visitor Visa or Visa Exemption, please refer HERE .

The Mainland Chinese spouse and children of Gold Card holders can apply for a Family Reunion Certificate to enter Taiwan. They cannot apply for a Resident Visa nor can they convert to an ARC.

Please refer to this link for the Family Reunion Certificate application for Mainland Chinese individuals or contact the National Immigration Agency at +886(2)-23889393 ext. 2692

To apply for a visa for visiting relatives, a foreign special professional’s lineal ascendant shall fill in the visa application form online at the official website of Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Along with the filled-in, printed and signed application form, an applicant shall submit their passport (valid for at least 6 months), 2 passport-size photos in color taken within 6 months with white color background, the foreign special professional’s proof of residence in Taiwan (including Republic of China Employment Gold Card Resident Authorization Certificate) and the proof documents for their relative relationship. (Please visit HERE )

The spouse and children of Gold Card holders may apply for permanent residency as long as they meet ONE of the following requirements (choose the requirement that is most beneficial to you):

  1. After a Gold Card holder has been a permanent resident for at least 3 years, if their spouse, underage children (or adult children with mental/physical disabilities who are unable to care for themselves) then stay for at least an additional least 3 consecutive years (for an average of 183 days or more per year) they may apply for permanent residence. They will be exempt from the financial proof requirements.
  2. The spouse and children of Gold Card holders may apply for permanent residency if they have legally resided in Taiwan for at least 5 consecutive years and for more than 183 days per year, and have also met the requirements of Article 25 of the Immigration Act.

NOTE:

  1. For Gold Card holders who have obtained a Doctorate Degree from a Taiwanese institution, the residency requirement is shortened from 3 years to 2 years. However, this does not impact the residency requirements for the Gold Card holder’s spouse or children, who may only apply for permanent residency after living in Taiwan for 3 years.
  2. Gold Card holders cannot apply for the APRC with their dependents simultaneously. For permanent residence related regulations, please follow the regulations of the National Immigration Agency (NIA). If you have any APRC questions, please contact the NIA .

Application for Permanent Residence Information:

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According to Article 37.1 and Article 39.1 of the Qualifications and Criteria Standards for foreigners undertaking the jobs specified under Article 46.1.1 to 46.1.6 of the Employment Service Act, the spouse of a foreign national can work part-time as the director or manager of an approved business invested or established by overseas Chinese or foreigner(s), and their salary or remuneration is regulated by an hourly salary of NT$200 or more.

For more information about the spouse of foreign professionals working part-time as the director or manager of an approved business invested or established by overseas Chinese or foreigner(s), please visit: https://ezworktaiwan.wda.gov.tw/en/cp.aspx?n=7EB700A6BCB030A5&s=81ED75DA3BAB31B4

Yes, provided they have lived in Taiwan from the time before they were 16 years old, for more than 270 days per year. (Please find more information in: Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals - Article 15)

Please refer to the CDC’s list of designated hospitals in Taiwan

https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En/Category/ListContent/C4w0xUaCBCKzdd6BxDGWcA?uaid=LgG4_1kPzR7S1lAA634XJg

Please see the attached PDF for a list of contacts at the Center of Family Childcare Service in Taipei (organized by district).

If you would like to know more information, please refer to the Social and Family Affairs Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare .

In order to create a friendly educational environment for children of foreign professionals, the Ministry of Education has built a website that collects schools and programs for expat kids in Taiwan. Click the LINK for more information.

To consult with the Ministry of Education about children’s enrollment in school, please call (886)2-7736-7867 or email k12ea@mail.moe.gov.tw

  • High School enrollment, please call (886)2-7736-7867
  • Junior High School / Elementary School enrollment (886)2-7736-7770
  • Childcare/ Infant care (886)2-7736-7789

The department of land administration, MOI has provided the following resources:

  1. Rental Housing Market Development and Regulation Act
  2. Rental Housing Contract

The import of medicine, supplements, and medical supplies into Taiwan is highly regulated. You will need to obtain permission to import these by providing documentation for the quantity and a medical prescription for the users. You can apply for this process online, however, since the platform is in Chinese only, you may need to find someone to help you to make sure you have the proper information. FDA Website .

It is worth noting that Taiwan has a very developed medical and health system; you may search the equivalent medication in Taiwan through Medicine Scan (藥掃描) APP, please refer to Overview of Drug Information Progress in Taiwan .

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