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There are some more important regulations related to foreigners working in Taiwan. We hope your period of employment in Taiwan is smooth and enjoyable.

  1. Legal basis:
    The primary regulations concerning foreigners working in the ROC and issues concerning employment come from the following:
    • Employment Services Act
    • Regulations Regarding the Permission and Administration of the Employment of Foreign Workers
  2. Responsible agency: (by Article 6 of the Employment Services Act)
    • Central: Council of Labor Affairs, Executive Yuan (responsible for employer applications for permits to hire foreign workers and management services).
    • Districts: Various county (city) administrations (responsible for management and inspe
  3. Definition of work:
    As stipulated by Article 43 of the Employment Services Act, foreigners without a permit with an employer must not engage in work in the ROC. The term ˇ§workˇ¨ refers to any labor or services rendered, regardless of whether it is for pay or volunteered.
  4. Obtaining the right to work:
    • Employer applications: Foreigners, other than those designated by the Employment Services Act, must apply for a work permit with an employer at the appropriate authorities before engaging in work in the ROC. (As stipulated by Article 43 of the Employment Service Act)
    • Individual applicants: The following persons can apply for a work permit without an employer at the central authority. (As stipulated by Employment Services Act, Article 51, Paragraphs 1, 3 and 4.)
      • Refugees granted residency.
      • Those having direct lineage to blood relatives with a household register in the ROC.
      • Those granted right of permanent residency.
    • Those not needing to apply: (As stipulated by Article 48 of the Employment Services Act)
      • Researchers who are recruited to hold posts with the ROC government at any level or as consultants with subordinate research organizations.
      • Foreign spouses married to ROC nationals with household registers in Taiwan who have been granted residency.
  5. Restricted types of work:
    Employers hiring foreigners to work in the ROC, other than those designated by the Employment Services Act, are limited to certain types of employment by Article 46, Paragraph 1, of the same law.
  6. Penalties for working illegally:
    According to Article 68 of the Employment Services Act, foreigners working in Taiwan illegally without a permit, will be fined from NT$30,000 to NT$50,000, deported and forbidden to work in the ROC again in the future.
  7. Definitions of work status:
    The statuses of foreigners working in Taiwan are grouped by the different rights and responsibilities of their positions into the following four categories (Article 2 of the Regulations on the Permission and Administration of the Employment of Foreign Workers):
    • Foreign specialists. (Refers to foreigners with work permits for employment described in Subparagraphs 1 through 6.)
    • Foreign workers. (Refers to foreigners with work permits for employment described in Subparagraphs 8 through 10. Included in Subparagraphs 8 through 10 is any blue-collar work recruited by notice. Subparagraph 10 primarily includes language translation for foreign worker management agencies and work related to hiring foreign workers for employment such as food services.
    • Overseas Chinese students, foreign students. (Refers to foreigners engaged in work described by the Employment Services Act, Article 50, Paragraph 1 and Subparagraph 2.
    • Foreigners with special status: Primarily includes refugees, those who have worked in Taiwan continuously for more than five years and foreign spouses married to ROC nationals with a household register, and who have the right to permanent residency. (Refers to foreigners engaged in work described by the Employment Service Law, Article 51, Paragraph 1and Subparagraphs 1 through 4.)
  8. Attention:
    • Family members of staffers in work at any foreign embassies stationed in the ROC, foreign organizations, international organizations or other specifically designated foreigners by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and governing agencies of the central government, should apply for a work permit with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Article 78 of the Employment Services Act)
    • Stateless individuals and ROC nationals possessing dual citizenship but without a household register who are recruited to work in the ROC follow the same application guidelines as foreigners stipulated by the Employment Service Act. (Stipulated by Article 79 of the Employment Services Act)
    • Mainland China citizens recruited to work in the ROC are regulated by the Employment Services Act, Chapter 5 ˇV Regulations Concerning Special Rules for the Hiring and Management of Foreigners. (Stipulated by Article 79 of the Employment Services Act)
      • Work Permits for Foreign Specialists
      • Work Permits for Blue-collar Foreign Laborers
      • Work Permits for Foreign Student and Overseas Chinese Students
      • Work Permits for Foreign Spouses and Foreigners with Special Status
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