Work Permits for Artists


As I mentioned in another thread recently, I am now able to apply for work permits so artists may legally work in their chosen crafts.

I am accepting applications. For an interview, call me anytime.


I guess this guy should have contacted Mr. Save.

“Whetham worked in exchange for accommodation, so he should have applied for a work permit,” said Su Yu-kuo (蘇裕國), a senior specialist in the Ministry of Labor’s Development Agency.

I wonder, how many sound artists are there in Taiwan, and what does their economic situation look like? Do they sit in cubicles from 9 to 5 being productive under the supervision of their sound managers? If foreigners were allowed to sit at these cubicles, how would it affect the local economy? :ponder: (I’m only being half facetious.)

Whetham, now traveling in Japan, issued a statement through Yeh, saying he had seen many artists from other countries share their work and experience in Taiwan “for no payment, but to help and support the local community.”

However, “because someone was very unkind and reported me as working illegally without a permit, I have had to leave Taiwan and may not return for some time,” Whetham said, adding that he was shocked that he and his friends were sanctioned, despite fully cooperating with the agency.

“Agencies should pay more attention to more serious violations — such as those who apply for a tourist visa yet carry out financial scams — and be more flexible about artistic interactions,” Chen said.

It doesn’t mention the fine he’s supposed to pay. :idunno:

Lost and Losing Interest

He performed in March this year in Taipei

“It’s the final week of the Residency Artists Exhibition featuring the work of Macaca Sapiens, Hung Yi-Ting and Simon Whetham at Treasure Hill and the work of the indirect Object, Junya Kataoka & Rie IWATAKE and Rachel Schmidt at the Barry Room of Taipei Artist Village.”

He was doing a workshop with 2000NT$ admission fee, so his local organizers should have done the necessary paperwork.主動式聆聽-田野錄音-工作坊/108464009723899


I wish the snitch could be named. While yes, it is illegal to work without proper docs, and yes, I detest anyone without said docs taking away a job from those with, snitching to get someone deported is a far worse moral crime. Name and shame these assholes.


@Toe_Save Do you still do these work permits? I’d like to talk to you about it. I tried to go to the Facebook page but it says “The link you followed may have expired, or the page may only be visible to an audience you’re not in.”

Thank you.


Sorry, no I don’t.


Thank you for replying. I am here on a tourist visa but looking for a way to stay long-term and start racking up time towards an APRC if possible. I would like to be able to teach some art classes at a friend’s studio legally. I don’t want any compensation, as it would be a pittance, but I
don’t want to put myself in a position where one of their competitors could report me. I could probably get a work permit through the studio, but if possible I’d prefer to get it independently so if the situation changed I wouldn’t need to go looking for another sponsor. Any ideas?


Talk to someone at the MoL. They are pretty helpful. You may be able to qualify for an ARC all on your own.

You could also do extra work for the commercial and video market in Tw. Contact Ponny at Talent in Taiwan to get on her roster.


Btw the MOL’s contact page on its English site is currently blank, although it does show the address and phone & fax numbers at the bottom.

If you read & write Chinese, you can contact them through this page.


Thank you for your advice!


Taiwan is a magnet for expatriate artists.


I read this:

Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals

Under the new system, regulations governing work permits, visas, and residence requirements will be relaxed in a number of ways:

Foreign freelance artists will be able to apply directly to the Ministry of Labor for permission to work in Taiwan instead of having to apply through an employer.

I sent an email to the MoL today (I found their english contact page with Google). Has anyone tried this?


Damn, I wish I was some kind of artist.


Genuine question here.

If I started a youtube channel with some taiwanese friends and wound up making a little cash (through youtube) would this get me deported?

This seems sooo vague


Probably not, but it would of course depend on the details.

There was a case like that in Thailand a while ago fwiw.


That’s crazy. Any idea why that happened?


He got noticed. (I didn’t watch the videos, but maybe he was boasting about how easy it was to make a living doing youtube, or something.)


Oh jeeze. I do comedy videos (did a ton with a group in the states) and now starting to do some in Taiwan… Wondering if this could wind up being a problem one day… or if theres any way around this/a permit i should apply for? yikes