Hello all, new to the forum and this is my first post. I’ve lived in Taiwan for about one year studying Chinese, and have absolutely fallen in love with the country, the people, the food, language, etc. and am determined to stay here. This post is a bit long, because I want to give anybody answering it all the information they might need, so TLDR is at the bottom.
I’ve been recently doing a lot of job applying, and believed everything would go smoothly as I have been called for some interviews in the coming days that look promising. However, I was surprised to discover this morning during some online research that Taiwan has a 2-year work requirement for foreign white-collar workers. I say “surprised” not because the rule is unreasonable, but because I’m surprised I’ve gotten this far into the process of the job search and only now discovered it (by contrast, China has a similar requirement that they make no exceptions to, and this information is plastered everywhere for any foreigner looking to work there).
I’m a bit confused about the requirement, as there’s conflicting information on the internet, and it looks like there hasn’t been any forum posts about it in this calendar year, so I thought I’d ask:
- Is the rule no longer in effect? This article from 2015 says so, but I can’t find a Chinese source, and I find records of people asking about the requirement since then.
- This website (which post-dates the above article) says you can apply for exceptions to this rule, and suggests the approval rates are very high. Has anybody here successfully applied for that exception?
Some relevant info for my case: I went to a good university (world-wide top 30), since my sophomore year worked for a finance firm part-time (20+ hours/week) during school and full time during summers, and worked there full time for one year after university. The jobs I’m applying to here are mostly related to finance (probably does not count as high-skilled labor Taiwan is lacking in). I am a native speaker of English, speak decent Chinese (TOCFL5), and another Asian language (albeit not well, and I doubt I will ever use it in a job anywhere, but it seems this could be relevant in an application for an exemption).
TLDR: I’m applying for jobs, discovered there’s a two year work requirement; I only have one year post-graduation work experience, but roughly two-years part-time work experience in my industry from when I was a student. I’m curious if the rule is still in effect, and how I might go about getting an exemption if it is. (I realize this will be handled professionally by the HR of a company that would later hire me, but I’m asking now so I’m not too blindsided later on.)
Thank you, and I appreciate any help or guidance forum members can provide.