The Employment Gold Card Super-Thread

What does the Chinese version say?

Digress it a little!

Oh no
Singapore has no reliable public transport
Train breaks down most of the time esp in peak periods.
Our train operators did came to Taiwan to seek some expert opinions from Taipei Metro

Just wanted to ask if the minimum salary still in the rule when applying for Gold Card?

Gold card rumours emerging from the Ministry of Science and Technology today. Those applying under Article 1 of the Foreign specialist personnel with special expertise in science & technology regulations (aka the “salary article”) can expect increased vetting. Basically, they appear to also want to prove that you personally have technical skills.

So, when submitting your application under the Science and Technology category, consider including a document or two to back your credibility beyond merely your salary. Could save you a couple of weeks :slight_smile:

A few posts up from here is the discussion where it says that they’ll review your financial data to make sure you’re earning at least 160k/month. So, more stringent than the standard minimum wage expectations.

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Got a response from NIA on this. They’re aware that not supporting PDFs is an issue and are working to try and fix it but it’s hard because $reasons. I provided additional details about file size.

My prospective contract is not going to pass the standard and the gold card application.

Can someone clarify this? Does this mean that on the 2nd year of the employment gold card, we need to prove that we currently earn $160K or more per month in Taiwan? And the gold card will be terminated if we couldn’t?

Review of financial data: After an applicant is designated as a qualified foreign special professional, the Ministry of Labor will review his/her financial data in the next year, checking if the applicant meets the condition of holding a monthly salary of over NT$ 160,000, and it will be registered with administrative disposition when the financial data review is endorsed; if the review is not approved, the employment permit will be abolished or the extension of employment permit will be rejected.

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Not sure, but that does sound different than fifieldt’s post above quoted below. Maybe the different agencies are still hashing all this stuff out.

Yes, I agree. We should ask for clarification.

Curious where you heard/saw this (if you are able to share your source). Good to know the unwritten requirements on top of what’s documented. :wink:

Hi all,

I received a couple of pings asking for contact information regarding the program. I’ve dumped what I know in this little article.

We don’t like bare links here though so …

In general, if you want “background” information - try to get to one of the workshops that have NIA, WDA or other department staff present (Contact Taiwan has these fairly regularly). Meet in person, build a relationship with your favourite official and you may be able to start getting personal opinions.

Not necessary though, since the official contacts are exceptionally helpful. Seriously - try them! They list a bunch of people who are motivated in seeing your application succeed - you get the feeling they are personally invested in this program turning out well.

I am personally applying for this program. However, since my continued residence is not dependent on a successful application, I’m able to approach this from a slightly different perspective. Essentially, that of being an early adopter with an aim to improve the program overall, rather than just getting an application pushed through. Fix the program, assist Taiwan … though, not having to go to the WDA in person is fairly excellent.


I just read this again – it looks like this only applies to people who qualify under Article 1 (the salary article) ? So anyone who applied under a different article doesn’t need to worry about losing their permit due to a lower salary.

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Speedy immigration for gold card holders

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Hi all! I’m a reporter for the Taipei Times and I’ve seen a number of complaints about the implementation of the “employment gold card” on social media and around the web. A lot of the confusion on this thread and elsewhere has to do with confusing language on the platform ( and the NDC’s website for the Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professional Talent. I would love to hear from anyone who is interested in going through the application process or has gone through it for a piece on Taiwan’s difficulties in attracting foreign talent. It seems like a logistical nightmare if you aren’t fluent in Chinese. Please reach out here:!

ALSO, I’ve been in touch with a few ministry officials and they have told me that having a monthly salary of NT$160,000 and above is only ONE of several possible criteria a prospective applicant can meet in order to qualify for the gold card–except for lawyers and architects applying through the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Interior. Again, so much confusion due to poor communication. More to come in my article! Looking forward to hearing from some of you.


Great article about the application process. Please see my post below! I would love to talk.

Interesting article…


yes, @julianna_ttreporter was asking a while ago to discuss this with members here.
A nice report. Kudos to her.
Funniest part was reading how her and a foreigner tried calling government offices, but nearly all people on the other end (bless their bureaucratic heart) could not speak english - an audience for which this “gold card” is probably mostly for (notwithstanding all those who can speak chinese who deserve a gold card, too)

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The gold card is actually a fantastic innovation and it seems to be quite easy to qualify for professionals with relevant experience.

I am sure they would be mobbed with applications if such a visa existed in many countries but Taiwan is just not very attractive to work in due to lack of international companies and low salaries and the need for Chinese here in many local jobs is obviously limiting.

Lots of people are getting a negative impression about Taiwan and China relations and being able to do business from here recently , it’s also not helping .

Good write up !

Yes I agree, it’s a great start but if the overall work environment and salaries don’t improve in tandem, you’d just end up attracting people here only for them to leave in three years time when their gold card expires.

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