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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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When filling in the Basic Data section on the Foreign Professionals Online Application Platform, applicants can choose to fill in their “English surname” OR “English given name”, it is not mandatory to fill in both. However, please note that you must fill in at least one in order to submit your application.

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Basic data

The Foreign Professionals Online Application Platform allows applicants to store their application data for one month. If the application data has been saved but the payment has not been made or the application has not been submitted, due to security settings, the National Immigration Agency will clear the stored data after one month.

  • Employment Gold Card holders. (Article 9 of the Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals)
  • A foreign special professional who engages in professional work in the R.O.C. and has obtained permanent residency. (Article 7 of Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals)
  • A foreign worker who is employed as a consultant or researcher by the R.O.C. government or their subordinate academic research institutes. (Subparagraph 1, Paragraph 1, Article 48 of the Employment Service Act)
  • A foreign worker who is married to a Taiwanese citizen, has a registered permanent residence in Taiwan, and is permitted to stay in Taiwan. (Subparagraph 2, Paragraph 1, Article 48 of the Employment Service Act)
  • A foreign worker who is employed at a public or registered private college/university to hold lectures or conduct academic research, and is approved by the Ministry of Education. (Subparagraph 3, Paragraph 1, Article 48 of the Employment Service Act)
  • Those who only hold Republic of China nationality and do not have a permanent residence in Taiwan. (Article 79 of the Employment service Act)
  • Individuals from the Mainland Area approved to have spouse residency or long-term residency on a case-by-case basis. (Article 17-1 of the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area)
  • Those whose entry visa is viewed as work permit – holiday work: The entry visa held by a foreign worker shall be deemed as a work permit. Should such visa be granted on the basis of an international written agreement specifying the foreign work permit, the number of people, and the period of residence (stay), it must be noted that the primary purpose of such agreement is not to enter Taiwan to work. (Article 4 of the Regulations on the Permission and Administration of the Employment of Foreign Workers)
  • Cases in which the entry visa held by a foreign worker for a period of stay that is within 30 days shall be deemed as a work permit (Paragraph 1, Article 5 of the Regulations on the Permission and Administration of the Employment of Foreign Workers):
  1. Undertaking contracts for at most 30 days.
  2. To help assist in the solution of emergency cases and related problems for the purpose of public welfare and to engage in special and technical work.
  3. Well-known experts recognized by the central governing authorities or invited by schools of the college level or higher, governments of all levels and their subordinate academic research institutes to be engaged in speeches or commercial technical advisory work.
  4. Those who are invited by the central governing authorities to be engaged in non-profit art performances or sports events.
  • Cases in which the entry visa for a period of stay that is within 90 days held by a foreign worker shall be deemed as a work permit (Paragraph 2, Article 5 of the Regulations on the Permission and Administration of the Employment of Foreign Workers): A foreigner who obtains an Academic and Business Travel Card issued by the immigration authority (National Immigration Agency) for the purpose of engaging in speeches or technical advisory work. For related information, please refer to the Here

The timeline for issuing the Employment Gold Card is as follows:

  1. Information Check: The National Immigration Agency confirms your basic details (1-2 weeks).

  2. Qualification Check: Various relevant ministries review your application (1-2 months). If you are asked to provide Supplementary Documents, it will take longer.

  3. Passport Inspection: For overseas applicants, your local Taiwan embassy will inspect your passport (1 week). For domestic applicants, this step shall be skipped.

  4. Secondary Review: The National Immigration Agency (NIA) performs a final review of your application and prints your Gold Card (1-2 weeks). However, if you have worked for any Mainland Chinese companies or the government, please expect at least 1-2 months for the National Immigration Agency’s final review.

There is an application fee, which is paid through the Gold Card application portal. There are no separate visa or work permit fees.

The application fees vary depending on if you have applied domestically or abroad, the duration of the visa, and your nationality. Please check the Fees for Employment Gold Card section of the application portal.

There are currently 6 online payment methods, including international credit cards, domestic credit cards, E-government payment platform, virtual account payment, 4 major convenience store payments, and Web ATM (card reader payment). The government will pay for the remittance fee if the payment is made by credit card, but the applicant will be responsible for the remittance fee if the payment is made by E-government payment platform, virtual account payment, 4 convenience store payment, or Web ATM. Please note that it will take 2-3 working days to receive a payment success notification after paying through a virtual account or through the 4 major convenience stores. If you wish to use a Debit Card, you must choose the Web ATM payment option.

If you are unable to make your application payment with an international credit card, it may be due to the following reasons:

  1. 3D Secure failed (you have not applied or entered incorrectly, and you need to apply for a verification code from your bank, and enter the verification number)
  2. Credit card loss report
  3. Your credit card company is not in cooperation with the Bank of Taiwan

Please try using JCB, VISA, or MasterCard. Do NOT use AMEX or China UnionPay

If you continue to have issues, please contact the National Immigration Agency at a378liu@immigration.gov.tw

Please follow these instructions to pay your application fees online.

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For those who apply for a Gold Card for the first time, the card issuance date is the start date. For those who extend their Gold Card, the period of validity will be extended from the original period of stay.

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Please apply online via the “ Foreign Professionals Online Application Platform (Employment Gold Card) ”. The application is reviewed by the National Immigration Agency of the Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and other specialized authorities.

All Employment Gold Cards must be picked up in-person in Taiwan. Before you arrive in Taiwan, please find your “Republic of China Employment Gold Card Resident Authorization Certificate” online and print it out. You can enter Taiwan with this certificate along with your passport inspection certificate. You must bring this certificate and your original passport to your previously selected National Immigration Agency’s Service Center to pick up your Employment Gold Card. You must pick up your Gold Card within 30 days, starting from the day after your arrival.

To check your application status, login to the Foreign Professionals Online Application Platform , click “Application Progress Inquiry”, and fill in your 12-digit application number.

If you wish to check the status of your application, please only fill in the first 3 columns and leave the rest blank.

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Unfortunately, there will be no refunds once your application is submitted, regardless of the result of the application or if you revoke your application.

Please refer to the relevant regulations .

Please see the instructions below to withdraw your application.

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Revoke

If you have any objections to the adjudication given by the National Immigration Agency, you may file an administrative appeal to your designated NIA Service Center (where you have chosen to pick up your Gold Card) within 30-days of receiving this adjudication. Your appeal will then be forwarded to the Ministry of the Interior.

If you have any questions about filing an appeal, please contact the NIA’s Service Center or write to NIA’s Director .

Please be aware that, once your application has been rejected, you will not be able to resubmit or continue the application process. However, you may reapply for the Gold Card on the Online Application Portal. To reapply for the Gold Card, please see the instructions below.

If the Gold Card holder acquires or restores their R.O.C nationality during the period of residence in Taiwan, the NIA shall revoke or repeal the Gold Card in accordance with the Act 7, The Regulations Governing Employment Gold Card Permit for Foreign Special Professionals, “During the period of residence in the State, the Employment Gold Card holder falls into one of the situations described in various paragraphs of Article 32 of the Immigration Act”.

Please contact the Ministry that is currently reviewing your application and ask them to return your application so you can edit your passport number.

For example, if your application status is Review by the Workforce Development Agency (WDA), please ask the WDA to return your application so you can edit your passport number on the application portal.

If your application status shows “Passport Inspection at the Bureau of Consular Affairs or Overseas Missions of R.O.C. (Taiwan),” kindly request the Overseas Mission to return your application. This will allow you to update your passport number on the application portal. It’s important to note that during the the stage of Passport Inspection, if there is a change in your passport number, the passport submission notice cannot be updated with the new passport number.

To update your passport information, you need to fill in your new passport number and validity period on the application platform. Please select your passport validity period by clicking on the calendar icon as shown in the photo(s) below.

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