Taiwan Launches Employment Gold Card

Taiwan has introduced a new Employment Gold Card visa category. This visa category provides many benefits for those eligible. The new visa category was created in response to Taiwan’s legislature passing the Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals to attract and keep international professionals in the country. Taiwan has been experiencing a skilled worker shortage and recognizes the global economy’s intensely competitive environment. To remediate Taiwan’s technical talent shortage, the Act was drafted and put into effect in February 2018. Several other laws were created or amended to reduce restrictions and develop a friendly environment for foreign professionals.

What are the key features of the Act?

The Act relaxes work, visa, and residency requirements for foreign professionals. It also relaxes residency rules for parents, spouses, and children. The Act creates additional benefits for retirement and pension coverage, national health insurance coverage, and three years of tax exemption for half salary income in excess of US$102,187.

How long is the Employment Gold Card valid?

The Employment Gold Card is effective for 1 – 3 years in accordance with the validity of a work permit issued by the Taiwan Ministry of Labor.

Who is eligible to apply for the Employment Gold Card?

Foreign nationals in the following fields are eligible to apply:

  • Architectural Design
  • Arts
  • Culture
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Law
  • Science and Technology
  • Sports

What should employers expect with this new Taiwan Employment Gold Card?

Employers who have plans to hire highly-skilled foreign professionals for positions in Taiwan should expect an easier entry process. The Employment Gold Card visa category includes an online application portal for quick and easy processing. Additionally, the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ online job matching platform, Contact Taiwan, combines resources from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education, and other agencies to form a single online portal for international talent recruitment.

What should employers do?

Employers should review their hiring plans for foreign professionals in Taiwan to determine eligibility for the Employment Gold Card. They should also use the many benefits of the Employment Gold Card within their relocation program and talent recruitment materials to attract and retain highly-skilled professionals.


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