Wow, this thread definitely blew up more than I expected! Thanks so much for everyone who replied. Good info all around!
Yes, we are primarily seeking information on where to meet expats
I think there may be some misunderstanding. We have a registered office in Taiwan, and our existing team there is employed with compliance to local requirements. Our branch in Taiwan is paying into insurance and social programs.
Our local hires in Taiwan are amazing, but because we also need colleagues with native level language abilities (not just English. French, Spanish, Russian as well) we don’t want to limit ourselves to just people who have Taiwanese registration.
If we hire someone with American citizenship for example, we might bring them on as a 1099 (US contract basis) or as a full time “work from home” employee. This is not preferred (and to be clear, if it turns out this is not legal, we won’t consider it), but if we find people who are well suited and have the abilities for the positions we are trying to fill, we can work with them. We certainly do not intend to force anyone into circumstances which doesn’t make sense for both parties, so it will really depend on the situation for each individual.
I am not condoning visa runs or anything of that nature, just trying to be clear that we are not planning on sponsoring citizenship in Taiwan.
I am deliberately withholding the name of our company since coming here hasn’t been officially sanctioned by our management. This was intended to be more of a research post and to get firsthand feedback from anyone who may have experience living in Taiwan but working for overseas companies, so it’s already been very helpful.
Thanks again to everyone who’s responded (especially @tando & @RickRoll) !
If anyone is interested in more information or has any suggested resources, please send a PM.
EDIT: Errr, oops. It looks like we’ve exceeded the number of PMs we can reply to (3 replies per 3 hours for new accounts?). Sorry to anyone who messaged and hasn’t gotten a reply yet. We’ll be sure to reply back as soon as possible!