For the purpose of protecting Taiwanese nationals’ right to work, non-Taiwanese workers’ employment must never jeopardize nationals’ opportunities in employment, employment terms, economic development, or social stability. Accordingly, unless otherwise specified in the Employment Service Act, no foreign worker may work in Taiwan without the employer having first applied for and obtained a permit. No one may illegally let foreign workers stay to engage in work, nor is it legally for anyone to refer a foreign worker to work for any third party.
Types of work permit
There are many types of work permits, but we focus on two types which are most common to most companies:
- Specialized or technical work.
- Director/manager/executive of a business supported / set up by overseas investment.
There are requirements for both employers and employees. And the threshold of CEO work permit is lower but limited to one person for a company.