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We realized that you are looking forward to staying in Taiwan longer, to apply a work permit from your new company is one of the simple options. The capital should be equal to or more than NTD$500,000 and foreigner (s) owns at least 1/3 of capital (Sole proprietorship is acceptable) then you can apply for "one" foreign professional work permit.
Work Permit Application Process
Step 1 :
To set up a new company, the capital should be equal to or more than NTD$500,000 and a foreign nationals owns at least 1/3 of capital. Sole proprietorship is acceptable.
Step 2 :
The foreign nationals can be shareholders of the new company. The company can hire another one who with different nationalities (non-shareholder) as the manager.
Step 3 :
After your company and your manager both are registered, the company can apply for work permits to the Ministry of Labor (MOL).
Step 4 :
Apply for an ARC to National Immigration Agency once the work permit has been approved by the Ministry of Labor (MOL).
Taiwan Work Permit Qualifying Criteria
1. The company is established less than one year
The capital in this company should be more than NT$500,000. The foreigner(s) own at least 1/3 of capital.
2. The company is established more than one year
The Foreigner(s) owns at least 1/3 of capital, the average annual turnover must reach more than NT$3,000,000.
3. Application conditions
Three benefits: No academic qualifications, no experience requirements and no twice the minimum wage requirements.
Note: One company can only apply for 1 foreign manager.
4. Renewal terms
The average annual turnover of the company has reached more than NT$3,000,000.
Any foreign nationals can apply for a permanent residence permit if he/she has legally resided in Taiwan for 5 consecutive years.
What do you want to know?
1. Can foreigners apply for foreign professionals’ work permits?
Yes. The capital of the newly-established company is equal to or more than NTD$500,000 and a foreigner owns at least 1/3 of capital, which can apply for a work permit for its manager. The validity period of the work permit is 1-3 years; the term of the work permit depends on the Ministry of Labor.
2. Can foreign shareholders hire themselves as managers?
Yes, the foreign nationals in charge or shareholders of a foreign-invested company who can hire themselves as the manager or hire someone else (non-shareholder) as the manager.
3. Can I apply for an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) after I got the foreign professionals’ work permit?
Yes. Anyone who got the foreign professionals’ work permit can apply for an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) to the Immigration Department. The term of an ARC is the same as the work permit approval.
4. Can the foreign professionals’ work permit be renewed?
Yes. The extension of the work permit depends on the company's turnover meets the regulations: The work permit should be renewed if the company has been established for more than 1 year and the sum of business last year or over the past 3 years reached an average of NT$3 million or more.
5. Are family members of foreign professionals allowed to stay in Taiwan?
Yes. Only his/her spouse and minor children can stay in Taiwan.
6. Any chance for the foreign professionals to apply for an APRC after obtaining the ARC?
Yes. Foreign nationals can apply for an APRC as long as they have obtained an ARC for 5 consecutive years. People from Hong Kong and Macau who are not investment immigrants can only apply for long-term residence and cannot apply for permanent residence.
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