Complete Guide to Opening a Rep Office 2011 Update

For your reference, to set up a company/Rep you will need at least an address to register in Taiwan. If you want to run business in a cost effective way while having professional services, you may consider The Executive Centre Taipei-Virtual Office Service. You can register your company address at TEC’s TAIPEI 101 Tower 37F & FAR EASTERN PLAZA 16F, TEC also offers local phone line & fax line for your company, bilingual secretaries greeting in your company name(customized phone service), and flexible office usage. TEC is global serviced office provider, provides you office from 1 to over 10 person office space, flexible lease term too (1 month to 2~3 years).

If you have further questions with company setup, we are working with local accounting firms for years that would love to assist with. If you need more info for TEC, please feel free to contact me at I’m at TEC for over 4 years and hopefully my experiences can be helpful for all of you!

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Hello All

So I have been working here in Taiwan for about 3 + years as international sales for tw companies. Now some of my customers have approached me to open a branch or Rep office here in Taiwan. My role would be to act as the procurement for Taiwanese vendors. My current objective is to get an APRC. If i do quit my job and am successfully able to open a Rep or branch office - (based on my understanding) I will be eligible to apply for fresh work permit and get ARC. Anyone knows if this will lead to a new ARC number (which will screw my APRC year count) or I can continue with the existing ARC.


I currently work online making websites for a company in the UK, and live in Taiwan. I did the working holiday visa for a year, and now i want to try and do the rep office to give myself another resident visa.
First of all thanks for these articles, they are very helpful. However, what i want to know is, has anyone successfully renewed their visa and rep office? If so, what evidence to you have have to supply to show you have been conducting market research, giving quotes etc. also anybody know how many quotes they are looking for?



Hi buddy I cannot find out how to PM you because of the new interface.

Could you please let me know the virtual office you used to register with?

Did you actually pay for them for the entire 12 months or cancel after the first month?


You cannot cancel. They have to report any cancellation to the respective authorities, which would not go well for you. At least that’s my understanding.

I honestly forget the name. I closed my office four years ago! But has lots of places like that. Just search the area you want, like Taipei, and put the price at like below 3000. You’ll find a bunch.

Good luck!


I believe the MOEA links above are dead. The applications that I have found were here (but appear to be last updated in 2009). Help with the links please :disappointed_relieved:
I see several forms and don’t know if I need all four of them or not.
-Foreign Company Assignment of Representative 外國公司指派代表人在中華民國境內為法律行為報備(變更)申請書
-Reporting Designated Representative of Foreign Company指派代表人報備表 外國公司
-Application for Recognition of Foreign Company外國公司(變更)認許及分公司(變更)登記申請書
-Recognition Form for Foreign Company 認許表 外國公司

Haha I’m sure they are dead! I closed my office four years ago so sadly I don’t have the latest info. Hopefully someone will come out with a Rep Office 2017 Update :smiley:

Hey everyone,

First of all, thanks @SNcbz3 and @quanbuidoan for the great resource. I’ve decided to establish a representative office, and completed the necessary steps at the MOEA. However, I encountered some difficulty applying for the work permit at the CLA.

It’s wasn’t entirely clear which application form I should fill out, so I filled out the “B00 Overseas Chinese or Foreign Investment Officer” application.

Today I received a message saying that my application was incomplete. Besides wanting to see a translation of the employment contract and a copy of the company registration, they also wanted me to have something related to investment(請檢附投審會核發之僑外投資事業核准函影本).

I will likely call their office tomorrow to figure out the situation, but if anyone has any insight on what application form should actually be filled out, please let me know. If I do succeed in getting a visa through my rep office, I’ll post a 2018 update :wink:

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I ended up applying for the “Employment Gold Card” instead of applying for the work permit via the CLA, so I never followed up with them.

The gold card seems like a better choice (if you’re eligible) since it allows you to get a three-year ARC and work permit all at once. The application can also be done entirely online and in English. So it’s probably less hassle than completing steps 2 and 3 above (if 2 is even possible anymore).


If you have a company registered in Hong Kong do you need your incorporation paper to be notarized in Taiwan cultural and economic office in Hong Kong ? Or you can send The incorporation papers and Power of Attorney directly to the MOEA in Taipei?

Hi @zackg

Did u get “Employment Gold Card”? can you please post link to application or update?

I just landed in Taipei, have HK eCommerce startup and want to stay in TW for a while, so looking at options.

Thanks a lot.

Yeah I did end up getting the Employment Gold Card.

You can apply from their page here:

Also more info about it in related thread here: "Employment gold card" for some foreigners

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Thanks for info, zackg. Looks great.

@zackg does that mean that you got an Employment Gold Card and using your Representative office as the employer?


Actually, I’m not using my rep office as an employer. My company employs me directly, as if I was in the U.S.

Hi Everyone!
I’ve successfully opened my rep. office as of last Oct. 2018, have my work permit, and have setup the bank accounts, health insurance, etc.

Now that it is Jan. 2019, I realized that I need to renew my work permit four months prior to the expiration, which is Oct. 2019. That leaves me with exactly six months to do rep. office activity.

My purpose to as a representative (and this is stated on my employment contract) is to hire workers and/or provide internships to Taiwanese workers. My company is very small and I only have the budget to hire one worker currently. Do you think that this will be enough to prove representative activity for the renewal of the work permit? I usually see talk about providing proof through procurement of products, or negotiating contracts, etc. but hardly anyone saying anything about employing people. Also, if employing people is sufficient, should one employee be enough AND can I employ them part-time or does it have to be full-time?

Lastly, what other types of “activity” is considered proof? My company will be hiring employees and interns to do software development work and other tasks that are related to my company’s service.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciative.

Thank you! :smiley:

P.S. I hope you don’t mind but I tagged you because you seem to be quite active on this thread and I want to make sure you see this post. I’m new on this website so my apologies if I didn’t post correctly. @SNcbz3 @quanbuidoan

What was the result of this? Were you successful getting the second work permit for an English teaching job? I’m considering the same thing. Thank you.

They’re very flexible on this. All I needed were a few emails from potential customers and a couple invoices from clients. If all else fails just ask a friend with a Taiwanese company to write you an invoice for something.

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Thank you for your response. May I PM with you? I don’t know if there is a function here to do it. Thank you.

Can you explain exactly how you justify your “activity” please ?
Do you speak about taiwanese clients invoices ?
Thank you for your help