Can anybody help answer my questions below?
I couldn’t really find answers on taiwangoldcard.com
1) If you qualify for two categories, which one is best?
Its seems like I could qualify for both the Education and Economic categories.
I’m 90% sure I’d get approved for an education gold card: I’ve taught 4 years at a University on one of the approved lists and have more than 5 yrs. teaching exp. overall. Even so, there’s some doubt: I don’t have a PhD or do research.
People on this forum say that the economic category is based solely on income. If this is true, then I’d have a 100% chance of success. However, even though I’ve managed departments and led commercial media projects, I don’t consider myself a business person or entrepreneur.
I’m not sure which route is the better way to go.
2) Can you apply in a different category if the first one gets rejected? Or is it a one-time chance?
So, in my scenario above, if I get rejected for education, could I apply for the economic category?
3) What is needed for a Gold Card renewal?
As I understand it: the broad rationale behind the Gold Card is to have foreign expertise help develop Taiwan. So when it’s time to renew, are they looking for contributions in your Gold Card category?
Are these two scenarios a problem?:
A) If I stop or reduce my teaching, will this endanger my renewal chances if I have an Education Gold Card?
The move to Taiwan could mean a career shift for me. I may return to the media industry instead of teaching it.
B) If I don’t work for Taiwanese companies will that affect GC renewal? I’m concerned that the pay rates may be so low in TW, I would end up mostly freelancing for HK/US or international clients via my professional networks. I’m hearing that academic salaries are 1/2 to 1/3 of what I currently make.
From reading this forum, it seems the Gov’t is pretty chill about the requirements. But I’m a foreigner in a new country. I’ve lived in Asia for 10 years so I know how their institutions can have pretty rigid thinking. Maybe TW immigration thinks my English fluency is more valuable than University Arts Teaching. I’d like to know the implications before I apply for a Gold Card.
I’m coming to Taiwan because my wife got a job here. I’ll need to adjust my career as I follow my wife to TW. Higher Ed Jobs are not easy to get. The Gold Card appeals to me because I would be able to freelance and explore my options a bit wisely in Taiwan. Teaching English at a cram school is not my first choice, even though have a PGCE which should easily qualify me for jobs like that.
I’d also like to renew the Gold Card so I’d have the option for a PARC.
Apologies if this is answered elsewhere.