More rule changes slated for foreign professionals

13 April, 2021

Courtesy of ICRT

The cabinet says it plans to amend the Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals. The bill is currently slated to take effect on 1 January 2023.

Officials say the new measures under discussions include the loosening restrictions on obtaining permanent residency and increasing national health insurance benefits.

Foreign nationals currently need to have lived in Taiwan for five years before they can get permanent residency and that could be decreased to three year foreign professionals.

Students pursuing graduate degrees here in Taiwan may also be able obtain permanent residency sooner while graduates from world's top 500 universities will be exempt from having to have two years of work experience.

And officials say foreign professionals who open businesses in Taiwan will be immediately covered by the national health insurance programme instead of having to wait six months.

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