What Foreign Professionals Need to Know for Working in Taiwan

August 6, 2016 Asia 3559 Views
What Foreign Professionals Need to Know for Working in Taiwan


While in their home country, individuals need not worry about work and residency visas, but when living in a foreign land, it becomes an issue of great concern. The formalities and procedures observed for obtaining a Taiwan visa will depend on a number of factors and guidelines under the Republic of China (ROC) as well as one’s country of origin. For instance, a person without any family ties that intends to stay for a year or two will have it simpler than the one with a family.


Requirements for working in Taiwan

To work in Taiwan, one is required to get a work permit, resident visa and an ARC (Alien Resident Card). The visa is issued first after one has secured a job and work permit from their prospective Taiwanese employer, and then the permission to live in the country for an extended period which also comes from the employer.

With the work permit and resident visa, one then applies for the ARC allows a person enter and exit Taiwan without need for other visas.


Rights while working in Taiwan

Once an individual acquires the Alien Resident Certificate, they are required to join in the National Health Insurance program. For labour insurance, their employer should insure individuals between 15 and 60 years employed by a company with more than five employees.

In case of disputes regarding the employment, local authorities in one’s area can offer arbitration, mediation or counseling.


Laws, regulations and penalties

It is important that foreigners only work with employers whom they have acquired relevant permit for. Working on any job not indicated on the work permit without the approval of one’s employer may attract a penalty.

Absence from work for 3 consecutive days and breach of the agreements in the job contract could result to termination of contract. To be on the safe side, employees are advised to strictly adhere to the terms of contract as well as observe the rules and legislation of the ROC.

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