Foreign students with college degrees eligible for permanent residence in Taiwan

Taiwan’s Cabinet has approved a proposal by the Ministry of Labor (MOL) to facilitate some expatriates, foreign students, industrial workers and caregivers on the path towards permanent settlement in Taiwan. The MOL announced that the …

permanent residence in Taiwan

Taiwan’s Cabinet has approved a proposal by the Ministry of Labor (MOL) to facilitate some expatriates, foreign students, industrial workers and caregivers on the path towards permanent settlement in Taiwan.

The MOL announced that the Cabinet has agreed on a proposal for overseas vietnamese and foreign students with a taiwanese university’s college degree to obtain the Certificate of Foreign Permanent Resident (APRC) within five years of receiving the degree. The new plan also allows migrant workers working in the industrial and social welfare sectors to also obtain permanent residency.

Under the new program, which came into effect in April, those who meet certain requirements can apply to be classified as “intermediate skilled human resources.” Once they obtain this classification and work for 5 years, they can apply for permanent residency.

In the case of expatriates and foreign students, after obtaining a college degree from a Taiwanese educational institution, they will be classified as “intermediate skilled human resources” provided that they earn at least NT$30,000 at the start of their first job and at least NT$33,000 per month if they renew their contract. After having worked in Taiwan for 5 years, they can apply for APRC, but they must earn at least NT$50,000 per month at that time.

If their monthly salary does not reach that level within 5 years, they can obtain a Grade B professional technician certificate, which can be obtained through government-approved training programs. The program is part of Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang’s goal of retaining 80,000 migrant workers and 80,000 foreign students by 2030, according to Cabinet spokesman Lo Ping-cheng (羅秉成).

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