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.
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):
NOTE: 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.
Application for Permanent Residence Information:
Please refer to the CDC’s list of designated hospitals in Taiwan
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
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 to https://www.immigration.gov.tw/5475/5478/141465/141808/141970/
Dependents who enter on other visas, please refer to the FAQ on applying for a Resident Visa first. https://goldcard.nat.gov.tw/en/tags/family/
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: https://www.boca.gov.tw/cp-166-281-b948e-2.html
Resident Visa for Children (under 20): https://www.boca.gov.tw/cp-166-282-16c41-2.html
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.
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
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 National Immigration Agency. The required documents are:
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 .
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 .
The department of land administration, MOI has provided the following resources:
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