Last Updated on 12-30-2023

The right combination of skills, education, and/or work experience could enable you to live and work in Taiwan permanently. Having said that, any foreigner looking to take advantage of job opportunities in Taiwan must apply for a Taiwan work permit ➡ ️Taiwan work visa ➡ ️ Taiwan Residence permit(ARC) in that order. In this article, we describe the categories of foreign workers who can apply for a Taiwan work permit, qualifications to be met, application process and more.

Eligibility for a Taiwan work permit

The possibilities for skill development and career advancement in Taiwan are endless. In spite of this, not everyone can just pack up and move to Taiwan in the hopes of finding a job. A Taiwan work permit can only be obtained by certain categories of workers in Taiwan.

These include:

  • Foreign Professionals to Work in Taiwan
  • Home Overseas Chinese or Foreign Student Graduated in the R.O.C. to Work in Taiwan
  • Foreign Students Enrolled in Taiwanese College of University Taking Part-time Jobs
  • Gold Card Holders

Foreign Professionals Working in Taiwan

Specialized or technical work

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The application for a specialized or technical work permit must be made in accordance with the content of each work profession and can be divided into the following 15 categories: construction, transportation, finance, real estate, immigration, lawyer, technician, medical, environmental, cultural, academic, veterinary, manufacturing, wholesale, and others. As long as you meet the application requirements for each professional field, you can apply to the competent authorities to obtain a permit for foreigners to work in Taiwan in accordance with the law.

A01. Renovation work or construction technology work

Documents required

A02.Communications and Transportation

Documents required

A03.Tax and Financial Services

Documents required

A04.Practice of Real Estate Agency

Documents required

A05.Immigration Services

Documents required

A06.Practice of Attorneys, or of Patent Attorneys

Documents required

A07.Practice of Technicians

Documents required

A08.Health Care

Documents required

A09.Environmental Protection

Documents required

A10.Culture, Sports, and Recreation Services

Documents Required

A11.Academic Research

Documents required

A12.Practice of Veterinarians

Documents Required


Documents Required


Documents required

A15.Other Work Designated As Per the Joint Consultation of the Central Governing Authority and the Central Competent Authorities

Documents Required

Full-time Foreign Teacher in Cram School

Documents Required

Sports Coaching or Athlete

E01.Sports Coaching

Documents Required

E02.Sports Assignments

Arts and Performing Arts

Documents Required

Contracting Foreigners

Documents Required

Foreign Students Enrolled in Taiwanese College of University Taking Part-time Jobs

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Documents Required

Overseas Chinese or Foreign Student Graduated in the R.O.C. to Work in Taiwan

Foreign students, Hong Kong and Macau students, and overseas Chinese who study and graduate in Taiwan and wish to work here must apply for a work permit through one of two channels:

Apply by New Scoring Criteria for Foreign and Chinese Students to Work in Taiwan

Documents Required

Gold Card

The Taiwan Employment Gold Card is part of the 〈Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professional Talent〉, implemented in October 2017. It is part of a more comprehensive government initiative to attract highly-skilled foreign talent to Taiwan. The Taiwan Employment Gold Card is a 4-in-1 card, that includes a resident visa, work permit, Alien Resident Certificate (ARC), and re-entry permit, which allows you to leave and re-enter Taiwan multiple times over the course of 1-3 years. Applicants can apply online without sponsorship.


Applicants may apply for an Employment Gold Card in the following fields: Science and Technology, Economy, Education, Culture and Arts, Sports, Finance, Law, Architectural Design, and National Defense.

Work in Taiwan: Important points for foreigners

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Business Visa

With the slowdown of the epidemic and the lifting of the border control ban, some business visas are now open for application, as are options for foreigners to work in Taiwan. Business travelers looking to apply for business visas, work permits and more information about entry into Taiwan can refer to Business travelers to Taiwan: visa application, quarantine regulations, eligibility, work permit guideline.

Work Permit

If you want to come to Taiwan to work you need a work permit before you can apply for a business visa. Different types of work permits are available based on professional fields, qualifications etc. For details, please refer to the information in this article.

Living Space

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So, you’ve obtained your work permit, arranged your travel, and now the only thing left to do is decide where you’re going to stay. Although hotels have long been a popular option, changing travel habits are driving the serviced apartment industry’s rapid growth. Our guide explains the key differences between serviced apartments and hotels to help you make an informed decision.

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  1. Hi, it is my pleasure to send you this message. My name is Tesfay Kiros and I am currently a PhD student [ PhD candidate] in Civil and Construction Engineering at NTUST. Right now I’m writing my dissertation in preparation for my final graduation this semester.I am a hardworking, honest and friendly person. I respect and enjoy the diversity and different cultures and natures of this world. I want to work, learn Chinese , adopt the culture and live in Taiwan. Can you help me with the work permit, and all other necessary procedures to work in Taiwan?

    1. Hi, thank you for your kind reply. To work in Taiwan you first need to have a job offer and from that direction, you can apply for a work visa at a TECO embassy in your country. We currently don’t offer this service, unfortunately.