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.
”Foreign special professional” refers to a foreign professional as referred to the work specified in Article 46.1.1 to 46.1.6 of the Employment Service Act who possesses special expertise needed by the State in science and technology, economy, education, arts and culture, sports, finance, law, architectural design, and national defense, as announced by the central competent authority.
There are two application channels. The first is to apply for a Gold Card by yourself. The other channel is where the employer applies for an employment permit from the Ministry of Labor.
The Employment Gold Card and the employment permit are governed by different regulations and qualifications. If the foreign special professional’s application for the Employment Gold Card is approved by the Ministry of the Interior, the Employment Gold Card is regarded as the work permit for the foreign special professional when he or she engages in professional work, without the new employer needing to submit a new application. If the application was made by the employer at the Ministry of Labor, it is necessary for the foreigner to request the new employer to apply for the work permit according to the regulations of the “Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals” and the “Employment Service Act”. After permission is granted, the foreign special professional may start to work.
The Employment Gold Card includes an open work permit that allows the holder to engage in all white-collar jobs in Taiwan. However, if the profession they engage in is not under the original Field of application, the individual’s tax concessions will be affected.
According to Article 7 of Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals, a foreign special professional who meets one of the following conditions need not apply for a permit to engage in professional work in the R.O.C.:
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
Workers aged 60 years and older, with a seniority of less than 15 years, may claim a lump-sum payment; those with a seniority greater than or equal to 15 years may choose to claim a lump-sum payment or monthly payments. Seniority referred to shall be calculated based upon the period in which the contributions to the pension have been made. If the seniority of an employee is interrupted, both the foreign professional’s seniority before and after the interruption shall be combined in calculation.
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)
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