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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 spouse and children can enter Taiwan with a Visa-Exempt Entry or the Visitor Visa or Resident Visa for the reason of family reunion, issued by the ROC (Taiwan) overseas mission. ( Resident Visa for Spouse and Resident Visa for Children ) When they enter Taiwan, they can acquire the right to reside after having been inspected by the National Immigration Agency. For more information on the ARC application process, please refer HERE

The required documents For ARC 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

Your spouse and children can apply for a residency extension before the expiration of their current residency period if the original reason for their residency still exists.

There are two options:

Option 1: With the original gold card, the extension of the spouse’s and children’s Alien Residence Certification (ARC) can be applied at the National Immigration Agency (NIA) or online via the Foreign Professionals Online Application Platform . After the gold card extension is completed, the ARC for the spouse and children can be extended for 1 - 3 years with the corresponding fees paid according to the validity period.

Option 2: If you are working in Taiwan, your company can apply for a work permit from the WDA (Workforce Development Agency) for you. After obtaining it, you can apply to the NIA for a general ARC. Then, use this ARC to apply for an extension for your spouse’s and children’s ARC under the dependent reason. After the Gold Card extension is completed, your general ARC will automatically be canceled, and the status of your spouse’s and children’s ARC remaining unchanged.

The required documents for extending an ARC are:

  • Original Alien Resident Certificate (ARC)
  • Passport
  • Proof of purpose of residency (such as relevant proof of dependency)
  • One colored photo (following the same specifications as the ID photo)
  • Application fee (price determined based on the duration)
  • Proof of current residence (any document ex. lease agreement or proof of homeowner’s agreement to stay, proving that you are currently residing at the location)
  • Letter of attorney should be attached if applicant is unable to attend in-person

For instructions on applying for an extension of an ARC, please refer to this link

Reference: Article 13 of the Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals

If you are a visitor visa holder permitted to stay in Taiwan for 60 days or more and your visa does not have the remark “no extension will be granted,” you can apply for an extension at local service centers of the National Immigration Agency (NIA) up to 15 days before the authorized period of stay expires.

  • Here are the required documents for the visitor visa extension:

  • Application Form.

  • Passport (original and one photocopy). Visa (currently in use, either issued abroad or within Taiwan; original and one photocopy).

  • Supporting Documents for Specific Purposes of Stay:

    • Relative’s R.O.C. (Taiwan) ID, household registration, R.O.C. (Taiwan) Resident Certificate, Alien Resident Certificate (ARC), Alien Permanent Resident Certificate (APRC), or Employment Gold Card.
    • Proof of relations (e.g., marriage certificate, birth certificate with parents’ information).

For detailed application instructions for Visitor Visa Extension, please refer to the official website

For related regulations, please see Article 18 of the Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals

If your same-sex spouse intends to apply for dependent residency, they can enter Taiwan initially either with a Visa-Exempt Entry or a Visitor Visa. Once in Taiwan, they should proceed to the National Immigration Agency to complete the procedures for dependent residency. According to Article 46 of the Act Governing the Choice of Law in Civil Matters Involving Foreign Elements, if one party is from a country that recognizes same-sex marriage while the other party is from a country that does not recognize it, then the same-sex spouse cannot apply for a dependent residency ARC. For a comprehensive list of countries that recognize same-sex marriage, please refer to the document titled ‘Countries Recognizing Same-sex Marriage’.

The required documents for ARC are:

  • Applicant’s original passport and a photocopy
  • Photocopy of the entry stamp page on the passport (for those who entered visa-free)
  • Original and photocopy of the Gold Card of the family member
  • Original and photocopy of the marriage certificate (foreign marriage certificates must be translated into Chinese first and verified at the overseas mission before submission in Taiwan)
  • One 2-inch white-background photo (similar to ID photo)
  • Completed application form
  • Letter of authorization if the applicant is unable to apply in person

Fees:

  • NT$1,000 for the ARC valid for one year
  • An additional NT$2,200 for applicants entering the country with a visa-exempt entry

Please note:

During the application period, the applicant must remain in Taiwan. The processing time takes approximately 10 working days.

For more information on the ARC application process, please refer HERE

For related regulations, please visit HERE

If your parents are from Mainland China, they may apply for an entry permit to visit relatives in Taiwan at a National Immigration Agency Service Center for two months at a time. They may apply three times a year, and the permit must be collected in Taiwan, so you may send it to Mainland China for them to collect.

For detailed information, please refer to National Immigration Agency Website

High-level professionals in the technological, economic, educational, cultural, art, sports, or other domains who have been recommended by the central competent authority, whose specialties are deemed to serve the interests of the ROC, and who have been approved through a joint review organized by the Ministry of the Interior and conducted by relevant agencies and impartial individuals may be exempted from submitting a certificate of loss of original nationality when apply for naturalization. Standards for Defining High-Level Professionals for Naturalization

The required documents for applying for naturalization are:

  • Letter of recommendation (High-level professionals holding the Plum Blossom card are not required to attach the letter of recommendation) Please check here for what to bring when requesting a letter of recommendation for naturalization from the central competent authority.
  • Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) / Alien Permanent Resident Certificate (APRC)
  • Apply for Alien Residency record
  • Criminal record issued by the government of your existing country of citizenship
  • Proof of funds or professional skills
  • Proof of basic Chinese language proficiency and basic knowledge of national rights and obligations
  • Colored photo (taken within the past 2 years)
  • Naturalization permit certificate fee: NTD 1200

Process Steps for Naturalization for High-Level Professionals:

  1. Applicant- Attach professional certificates, such as award-winning data, professional talents, academic research, or important achievements to apply to the central competent authority of enterprises for issuing the letter of recommendation.

  2. Central competent authority of enterprises- Issue the letter of recommendation to the applicant after the review is passed.

  3. Residence household registration office-

    -The applicant shall attach the letter of recommendation along with the documents required for naturalization, resident and permanent resident of national without registered household to household registration office for application.

    -After preliminary review, the household registration office will send the application case to MOI for further review.

  4. Ministry of the Interior-

    -Invite social justice figures, experts / academics and organization representatives to make up a review committee to review naturalization of high-level professionals and determine high-level professionals.

    -Re-review a variety of naturalization conditions.

  5. Applicant- For the high-level professional passing the review committee’s review and meeting the conditions required for naturalization, MOI will issue the naturalization permit certificate to them, in which the high-level professional is not required to lose their original nationality.

  6. Household registration office- Apply for household registration, a national identification card (national ID card) and a household certificate.

Notice for applying for naturalization:

High-Level Professionals’ application

For Foreign nationals’ application, please see “Ⅱ- 3. Nationality” from the FAQ page

Related regulations: please see Standards for Defining High-Level Professionals for Naturalization

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 Spouse

Is she/he eligible to apply?

According to the provisions of the Nationality Act, your spouse, if currently residing within the territory of the Republic of China (hereinafter referred to as the ROC) is eligible to apply for naturalization if the following requirements are met:

  • Have legally resided in the territory of the ROC for more than 183 days each year for at least five consecutive years.
  • Have the capacity to act according to the laws of the ROC and their own state.
  • Have no bad conduct or criminal records as certified by the Police Clearance Certificate
  • Possess basic proficiency in the national language of the ROC and basic knowledge of the rights and obligations of ROC nationals.

If your spouse has legally resided within the territory of the ROC for a continuous period of 10 years or more, or, if after you become a citizen of the ROC, your spouse has a cumulative residence of 183 days or more each year for a continuous period of 3 years or more within the territory and meets the conditions mentioned in items 2 to 5 above, he/she may also file an application.

Application Procedures

  • Your spouse should apply in person to the household registration office at the place of domestic domicile, the application will be then forwarded to the Ministry of the Interior (hereinafter referred to as the MOI) for approval by the municipal or county (city) government.
  • Your spouse must submit proof of loss of original nationality within 1 year from the date of naturalization granted by the MOI. Failure to submit within the stipulated period will result in the revocation of the naturalization process, unless due to legal or administrative restrictions in the country of origin verified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

Required Documents (Please refer to “List of Documents as Required for Application for Nationality Alteration-Voluntary Naturalization” and “List of Documents as Required for Application for Nationality Alteration- the Spouse of an ROC National”)

  • Application Form for Naturalization.
  • Valid Alien Residence Certificate (ARC) or Alien Permanent Resident Certificate (APRC).
  • Certificate of criminal record or other relevant documents issued by the police or government of the country of origin (exempted for those whose purpose of stay is “family reunification” and holders of APRC). i. The documents must be issued by the government of the country of origin, and the issuance date must be within 6 months prior to the application date. If the applicant has entered the country and then left the country for a considerable period after the above-mentioned date, and if the competent authority deems it necessary due to suspicion, the person concerned may be asked to submit a criminal record for the period of departure. ii. Not required for those who entered the country before the age of 14 and have not left the country ever since.
  • The proof documents specified in Article 3 of Standards for Identification of Basic Language Abilities and General Knowledge of the Rights and Duties of Naturalized R.O.C. Citizen.
  • One photo (following the specifications of the ID photo).
  • Certificate fee: NT$1,200 New Taiwan Dollars (NTD) (The fee may be subject to change; please pay by Taiwan post-office money order, with the payee indicated as the MOI).
  • Other relevant supporting documents.

Related Laws and Regulations

Nationality Act and Enforcement Rules of the Nationality Act

Your Unmarried Minor Children

  • Your unmarried minor children may apply for accompanying naturalization in accordance with Article 7 of the Nationality Act.

  • Application Procedures

    • The legal representative of your unmarried minor children should apply in person to the household registration office at the place of domestic domicile, and the application is then forwarded to the MOI for approval by the municipal or county (city) government.
    • Your unmarried minor children must submit proof of loss of original nationality within 1 year from the date of naturalization granted by the MOI. Failure to submit within the stipulated period will result in the revocation of the naturalization process, unless due to legal or administrative restrictions in the country of origin verified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
  • Required Documents (Please refer to “List of Documents as Required for Application for Nationality Alteration-the Applicant’s Unmarried Minor Children”)

    • Application Form for Naturalization
    • Valid Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) or Alien Permanent Resident Certificate (APRC)
    • Certificate of criminal record or other relevant supporting documents (not required for those who are under the age of 14 or those who have entered the country and have not left ever since the age of 14.). These documents must be issued by the government of the country of origin, and the issuance date must be within 6 months prior to the application date. If the applicant has entered the country and then left the country for a considerable period after the above-mentioned date, and if the competent authority deems it necessary due to suspicion, the individual may be asked to submit a criminal record for the period of departure.
    • Unmarried individuals under the age of 18 are required to submit proof of their marital status and proof of consent from their legal guardian. However, if the MOFA verifies that due to legal or administrative procedures restrictions in the country of origin, it is impossible to submit proof of marital status, the document may be exempted.
    • Certificate fee: NT$1,200 New Taiwan Dollars (NTD) (The fee may be subject to change; please pay by Taiwan post-office money order, with the payee indicated as the MOI).
    • One photo (following the specifications of the national ID photo).
    • Other relevant supporting documents i. For those who are unable to provide household registration, please submit documents proving marriage, adoption, commencement of guardianship or assistance, or evidence of the exercise of rights and obligations of minors. ii. Birth certificate or relevant identification documents proving parent-child relationship.
  • Related Laws and Regulations Nationality Act and Enforcement Rules of the Nationality Act FAQ on Household Registration

    Note:

  • If the required documents have been issued overseas, they should be authenticated by the ROC overseas missions and re-examined by the MOFA. If issued domestically by a foreign embassy, consulate, or authorized institution in the ROC, they should be verified by the MOFA. For documents in a foreign language, a certified Chinese translation must be attached, verified by the ROC overseas missions and re-examined by the MOFA, or authenticated by a domestic notary public.

  • The above conditions and documents apply to regular cases; however, in the event of special circumstances, processing should still be carried out in accordance with laws, regulations and relevant provisions of the MOI.

Any foreign national entering Taiwan for studying may, after graduation, apply to the National Immigration Agency for an extension of his/her ARC before expiration. The documents required for ARC extension are:

  1. Application form

  2. Passport (original and photocopy)

  3. Alien Residence Certificate ARC (original and photocopy)

  4. Graduation diploma or certificate (original and photocopy)

  5. One colored photo (same specifications as ID photo)

  6. Proof of current residence (if there is change of address)

  7. Fee: NT$500 to NT$1000 (different for Overseas Chinese students, Hong Kong and Macau students, and foreign students)

  8. Letter of Attorney : if applicant is unable to attend in-person

    For instructions on applying for an ARC extension

    For related information, please see Regulations Governing Visiting, Residency, and Permanent Residency of Aliens Article 11

There are 2 options in extending residency:

I. Foreign students holding a valid dependent Alien Resident Certificate and pursuing studies in five-year colleges, elementary schools, junior and senior high schools, and Ministry of Education accredited Education School for International Residents (SIR), should apply for a change to Resident Visa for studying purposes through the Bureau of Consular Affairs or the Representative Office. The application requires the submission of all relevant documents. Please refer to this link .

II. A foreign national under the age of eighteen (18) and any of his/her lineal ascendant is a national of the State with household registration in the Taiwan Area or permitted to reside in the area, or an alien permitted to reside or permanently reside in the area, or a resident of Hong Kong or Macau permitted to reside in the area, and meets one of the following conditions, may apply for a residency extension:

  • Having stayed in Taiwan for an accumulated 10 years in total and residing for over 270 days each year.

  • Having entered Taiwan under the age of 14 and stayed over 270 days each year.

  • Born in Taiwan, having resided in Taiwan for a minimum accumulated period of at least 10 years in total and having stayed over 183 days each year.

    Foreign nationals should submit the following documents along with one photograph to the National Immigration Agency within three months prior to the expiration date of his/her residency:

  • Application form

  • Passport and Alien Resident Certificate

  • Documents to prove kinshi

  • Other supporting documents

Foreign nationals should pay attention to the following points when applying for a monthly mobile plan in Taiwan:

  1. Dual Identification Documents: Please ensure you have your passport and alien residence certificate ARC (validity of over 6 months) with your residential address displayed.
  2. Choose a Service Provider: You can select from service providers such as Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, or Far EasTone. While these companies offer monthly plans for foreigners, note that online applications are not available; you must apply in person at the counter. Please Note: For Chunghwa Telecom, Foreigners can only apply at Chunghwa Telecom’s direct branches, this service is not provided by Shennao’s authorized stores; Taiwan Mobile and Far EasTone do not have such restrictions.
  3. Fill Out the Application Form: Fill out the application form and submit it along with your passport and alien residence certification ARC
  4. Payment Fee: Depending on the telecommunications service provider’s policy, you may need to provide a Taiwanese guarantor or pay a security deposit. The specific amount may vary on the service provider. (1) Chunghwa Telecom offers two options: A Taiwanese guarantor (along with the guarantor’s dual ID) or a deposit of NT $2900. (2) Taiwan Mobile: No Taiwanese guarantor or deposit required. (3) Far EasTone: The deposit is NT $2400.
  5. Waiting for Review: The telecommunications service provider will review your application. Once approved, you can immediately start using the mobile plan. Please refer to the attached table: Identification Documents for Foreign Nationals Applying for Mobile Phone Plan (monthly) in Taiwan.

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 )

If you or your spouse hold an Alien Resident Certificate(ARC) or Alien Permanent Resident Certificate(APRC), and neither of you are citizens of the ROC(Taiwan), you can apply for an ARC for your child within 30 days of the birth by bring the following documents to the National Immigration Agency (NIA):

  1. Birth certificate of the newborn
  2. 2-inch color photo of the newborn
  3. ARC (APRC) of the father or mother
  4. Application fee

Once obtained the passport of your child, please go to the NIA to register the passport number for the ARC. The newborn can apply for health insurance once obtains an ARC. For more information, please refer to the guideline “NHI Enrollment for Infants with Foreign Nationalities Born in Taiwan” . Or dial the National Health Insurance Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare’s toll-free consultation hotline: 0800-030-598.

Required Documents:

  • Identity Card or Alien Resident Certificate (ARC): Bring the original copies.
  • Photos: Two 2-inch color photos with a glossy single-color background, clear facial features, no hats, bust shot, taken within the last 2 years (no image synthesis).
  • Driver’s License: Bring the original.
  • Passport Copy: To verify your name in English.
  • Fee: NT$250.

Precautions:

  • Ensure your driving license is valid. If it’s about to expire, renew it first.
  • If your address on the driving license differs from your National ID card or ARC, update the address.
  • Pay any outstanding fines before applying.
  • If someone else is applying for you, they need to bring your original national identity card for inspection.
  • Where to apply: Motor Vehicles Office (監理站) Applying for a Foreign International Driving License Visa (Reciprocal Country): Eligibility: Foreigners must stay in Taiwan for more than 6 months, and their original country’s driving license must be from a country recognized by Taiwan for reciprocal agreement. They may then present their original driver’s license at the Motor Vehicles Office (監理站) and receive a Taiwan driver’s license.

Required Documents:

  • Identity Card or Passport: Nationals need their national identity card. Foreigners need a passport and residence permit (if applicable). The passport must show the date of entry.
  • Driving License: From the reciprocal country, along with a foreign international driving license (both must be valid).
  • Health examination and physical fitness test results from a public hospital, public health center, or a clinic/group entrusted by motor vehicles offices
  • Photo: A 1-inch photo taken within the last 2 years.
  • Fee: NT$150. For a list of reciprocal countries.

If you’re an expatriate and need to update your residence or service address during your residency, please apply through the National Immigration Agency (NIA) within 30 days of the change–No fee is required.

Application process:

  • Foreign students , foreign professionals and their spouses ; walk-in option available
  • Employment Gold Card holders can only apply online.
  • Spouses of Taiwanese nationals can only apply in person at the counter.
  • When applying in person, please visit the NIA service center in the area of your new address (For instance, if relocating from New Taipei City to Taipei City, go directly to the NIA Taipei City service center); Additionally, for family reunion applicants, having a household registration address different from the rental address will not result in the rejection of the application.

Required Documents

  • One 2-inch photo of the applicant.

  • Proof of current residence: For example, a lease agreement, homeowner’s agreement and consent along with a photocopy of the owner’s title deed, or photocopy of homeowner’s ID card (front and back) along with a consent letter

  • Taiwanese citizens’ foreign spouses will need to provide the household registration certificate.

  • Original and photocopy of passport and ARC (returned after verification).

  • In-person applicants must fill out the Application For ARC and Extension of Stay" form.

If your ARC is damaged abroad:

You can contact the National Immigration Agency Border Affairs Corps to inform them of the entry time and flight, and arrive at the airport early to avoid airlines contacting the National Immigration Agency and other related matters delayed the boarding time, and then boarded and entered the country What to do if my ARC is damaged or lost overseas? with the damaged card.

If your ARC is lost abroad:

Also contact the National Immigration Agency Border Affairs Corps to inform them of the entry time and flight, and arrive at the airport early.

  1. First report to the police, and then go to the overseas mission to apply for an ARC and enter the country with the report certificate.
  2. If you enter the country without a visa, and the system can check your residence status when you enter, you can enter with the ‘resident’ status. If the system cannot retrieve the information, you need to enter with the ‘stay’ status. After entering the country, please visit the National Immigration Agency to inquire whether you can change your residency status. Please note that flights and terminals have different staff in charge, so please make sure you know the date of arrival and the flight beforehand.

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:

(English)

(Chinese)

When registering for an account on a car rental platform, you will usually be asked to provide:

  1. Alien Resident Certificate (required validity period varies by platform, please see the attachment below)
  2. Credit card (credit card regulations vary by platform, please see the attachment below)
  3. Taiwan Driver’s License (Eligibility: Foreigners must stay in Taiwan for more than 6 months, and their original country’s driving license must be from a country recognized by Taiwan for reciprocal agreement. They may then present their original driver’s license at the Motor Vehicles Office (監理站) and receive a Taiwan driver’s license

For information regarding reciprocal countries, please click here

Under most cases, your spouse must first find employment and have the employer apply for a work permit on their behalf. For information on the requirements for a work permit, please see HERE

However, your spouse can work part-time as a specialized or technical worker, or as the director or manager of an approved business that has been invested in/established by Overseas Chinese or foreigner(s), their salary or remuneration must be NT$200 or more per hour.

For Spouses of Foreign Professionals Engaged in Part-Time Specialized or Technical Work, please click HERE

For Spouses of Foreign Professionals Engaged in Part-Time Work as the Director or Manager of an Approved Business that has been Invested in or Established by Overseas Chinese or Foreigner(s), please click HERE

For an employed Gold Card holder who has obtained permanent residency from the National Immigration Agency of the Ministry of Interior, their adult children who qualify with the prescribed days of residence and eligibility criteria, may apply directly to the Ministry of Labor for permission to work in Taiwan, and need not apply through an employer. (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

  • Required Documents:

    1. An application form, with a white-background 2’’ photo taken within the last 2 years (Same specification as ROC national ID photo).
    2. Original and copy of Hong Kong/Macau permanent residence ID card and Hong Kong/Macau passport (the original will be returned after verification).
    3. Application Fee: NT$600 for a single entry permit; NT$1,000 for a 1-year multiple entry permit; NT$2,000 for a 3-year multiple entry permit.
    4. A registered self-addressed stamped envelope with the recipient’s name and phone number.
    5. Power of Attorney (Not required if Hong Kong/Macau residents apply in person).
    6. Certificate of family relations.
    7. A copy of valid ARC or ROC Employment Gold Card overseas application approval notice issued to the Hong Kong/Macau special professional.
  • How to apply:

    1. In Hong Kong or Macau: Apply to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Offices in Hong Kong or Macau. Second application and beyond may be filed directly to the NIA.
    2. In foreign countries: Apply to ROC (Taiwan) embassies, representative offices, or other agencies authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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 .

As the stay period for Mainland Chinese residents in Taiwan is near expiration, they have the option to apply for an extension. Within one month before the expiration of the stay period, they can go to any service center of the National Immigration Agency (NIA) to apply for the extension. If there are no other pending verifications and all required documents are complete, the application period takes one working day.

The required documents for the extension are:

  1. Application for Extension
  2. Exit & Entry Permit (Republic of China)
  3. One of the documents below: Taiwan travel permit for Mainland residents (PRC Travel Pass to Taiwan), travel documents issued by the Mainland with a validity period of more than six months (excluding Exit & Entry Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macau), Mainland Resident Identity Card, or documents proving their identity. (The extension will only be valid up until one month before the expiration of your document)
  4. Proof documents explaining the reason of extension
  5. NTD 300 extension fee
  6. ID card of the person applying on behalf of the applicant (will be returned after verification)

For more details on how your Mainland Chinese spouse and children can extend their stay, please check this link

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)2-7736-7796 or email k12ea@mail.moe.gov.tw

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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