Taiwan – Mandatory Online Filing System Launching January 2016

What has changed

Beginning January 2016, Taiwan authorities will impose mandatory filing of Work Permit applications through their new online filling system. All applications for new work permits, as well as renewal and de-registration applications must be filed by using the online process.

Who is affected?

What to expect

  • All work permit applicants

In order to file online, it will be necessary for companies  to set-up a user account in the system of the Workforce Development Authority.  This process is anticipated to be  relatively fast and straightforward. Once the account is set up, companies can then appoint an immigration service providers as a secondary users in order to file applications on their behalf.

We are recommending clients register to use the system soon to avoid the possibility of delays. Although use of the online system is mandatory, paper applications will still be accepted for an unspecified interim period.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

Taiwan – Government Foreshadows Easing of Requirements for Employment of Foreigners

What has changed

Taiwan’s Cabinet has announced it will press ahead with plans to remove restrictions on hiring foreigners. This easing is expected to change current thresholds concerning years of experience required and wages paid.  This could remove the requirement that foreigners must earn over NT$47,971 (US$1500 approximately) to qualify for a Work Permit.

Who is affected?

What to expect

  • Companies hiring foreign workers

A key possible change could be the removal of restrictions on hiring foreign employees based on total capital and profits of Taiwan companies.

Additionally, the authorities may also allow for dependents of foreign employees to work without the need for them to acquire their own Work Permit. It is also the intention to also make it easier for overseas students to obtain permission to work.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.