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1. Foreign nationals carrying out volunteer (charity) work and activities in Taiwan are not required to apply for work permits from the Ministry of Labor (2015.11.3)

 With respect to inquiries from foreign nationals whether work permits must be first applied from the Ministry of Labor if foreign nationals voluntarily contribute to society for non-salary purposes or provide supporting services that are not compensated, the Ministry of Labor have issued an official document on 3 November 2015 to explain this issue. If the foreign national is engaged in activities prescribed in Articles 2 and 3 of the Volunteer Service Act, or have engaged in supporting services outside the scope of the Volunteer Service Act not for commensurate payment but for the purposes of furthering public interest and offering voluntary contributions toward society, the aforementioned activities would not be included within the scope provided by the Employment Service Act. Hence, it will not be necessary for the said foreign national to apply for a permit from the Ministry of Labor according to the Employment Service Act.
For more details, please feel free to contact the Workforce Development Agency, Ministry of Labor TEL: 8995-6000

 

2. Extension of the deadline for overseas Chinese students whose residency has expired to leave the country (2015.6.18)

  In support of the government’s policy of cultivating, retaining, and attracting talent, and to encourage overseas Chinese students to remain in and provide services to Taiwan after graduating, on June 18, 2015, the National Immigration Agency of the Ministry of the Interior promulgated the amended Article 18 of the Regulations Governing Application for Residence Permit by Nationals Without Registered Permanent Residence in the Taiwan Area. The amendment grants overseas Chinese students six months in which to seek employment in Taiwan after graduation from a Taiwanese university.
 In accordance with the amendment, after graduation and before the expiration of their residency, overseas Chinese students may apply, if necessary, to the National Immigration Agency for an extension, giving a formal reason for doing so. Those granted permission will have their Taiwan Area Residency Permit extended for six months from the day following the original expiration date.
For more details, please feel free to contact the National Immigration Agency, Ministry of the Interior TEL: 2388-9393#3122, 3123
 

3. Passport not required for a foreigner to open a bank account in Taiwan (2015.5.8)

  Banks have required foreigners with residency permits who wish to open a bank account to produce their original passport (not a copy) as the primary means of identification. This has been a source of inconvenience for many foreigners. Responding to the request of the National Development Council, on May 8, 2015, the Financial Supervisory Commission announced that foreigners holding a residency permit approved and issued by the National Immigration Agency of the Ministry of the Interior may present other forms of identification to banks. These forms of identification include health insurance card, passport, driver’s license, or student identification card. It is no longer necessary for foreigners to present their passports to banks when opening a bank account.           
For more details, please feel free to contact the Banking Bureau, Financial Supervisory Commission TEL: 8968-9636


4. Extension of residency for children over the age of 20 of foreigners permitted to reside in Taiwan (2014.4.22)

    In view of Taiwan’s declining birth rate and considering that the children of foreigners born and raised in Taiwan are no different from the children of ROC citizens, and in order to guarantee families’ rights to reunification, on April 22, 2014, the Ministry of the Interior promulgated the amended Article 8 of the Regulations Governing Visiting, Residency, and Permanent Residency of Foreigners. According to the amendment, children over the age of 20 of resident foreigners may apply to extend their residency, but must conform to regulations stipulating the period of residency. Residency may be extended for three years. If necessary, the foreigner may apply for another extension once.
 A foreigner who is permitted to reside in the Taiwan area, is at least 20 years of age, and whose father or mother holds an Alien Resident Certificate or a Permanent Alien Resident Certificate may apply to extend residency if any of the following circumstances apply:
1. [The foreigner] has lawfully accumulated ten years of residence and has lived in Taiwan for more than 270 days in each of those years;
2. [The foreigner] entered Taiwan before the age of 16 and has lived in Taiwan for more than 270 days each year; or
3. [The foreigner] was born in Taiwan, has lawfully accumulated ten years of residence, and has lived in Taiwan for more than 183 days in each of those years.
 The foreigner in the preceding paragraph shall submit the following documents and one photograph to the National Immigration Agency within 30 days before the expiration of residency.
For more details, please feel free to contact the National Immigration Agency, Ministry of the Interior TEL: 2388-9393#3122, 3123
 

5. Extension of the deadline for foreign professionals and students whose residency has expired to leave the country (2014.4.22)

  In order to attract foreign talent to work in Taiwan and make it easier for foreign professionals and graduates to remain in and provide services to Taiwan, on 22 April 2014, the National Immigration Agency of the Ministry of the Interior promulgated the amended Article 22 of the Regulations Governing Visiting, Residency, and Permanent Residency of Foreigners. According to the amendment, after graduating from a Taiwanese university, foreign students may apply to extend their residency for six months to seek employment in Taiwan. After a job ends, foreign white-collar professionals may apply to extend their residency for six months (formerly ninety days) to seek new employment in Taiwan. If the foreigner is unable to find employment within six months, he or she must leave the country in accordance with regulations.  
For more details, please feel free to contact the National Immigration Agency, Ministry of the Interior TEL: 2388-9393#3122, 3123