Visa Gold Card

Capital city : Taipei
Number of inhabitants : 23 572 052 (2021)
Official language : Taiwanese, Hakka, Formosan languages, Fuzhou dialect, min
Local currency : New Taiwan Dollar (TWD)

Taiwan decided, in 2018, to launch a program combining resident visa, work permit, foreign resident certificate and return authorization called the “Taiwan Employment Gold Card”. The government aims to attract talents from around the world to stay in its country. This visa provides the opportunity to stay for 1 to 3 years and to combine work and discovery of the country.

Made up of an archipelago comprising a main island and 165 other small islands, Taiwan is located between Japan and the Philippines. Taipei, the third largest city in the country, is located on the largest island in the archipelago, the island of Taiwan. The local currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (TWD​) and is equal to 0.035 US Dollars.

The climate is tropical in the south and subtropical in the north.

What to do in Taiwan?

The Ministry of Tourism website is full of activity ideas. In 1 year, you will not have time to get bored. Go up to the 91st floor of Tower 101 in Taipei, the second tallest tower in the world, and admire the panoramic view of the island. Take a hike: go to Yangmingshan National Park, the largest volcanic area in Taiwan. Discover the country's widest waterfalls at Shifen Waterfall.

In Taiwan, you will find traditional dishes from many regions of mainland China. Head to Shilin Night Market and Raohe Night Market to sample local dishes.

Cost of living in Taiwan

The cost of living is low within the archipelago. The average monthly net salary (after taxes) is currently 1,409.38$. For information, renting an apartment with 3 bedrooms, located in the city center, costs approximately 1,076$ per month.

Health and safety on the islands

Taiwan is a very safe place. However, cases of attacks or attempts at extortion are occasionally recorded, particularly in certain bars, clubs or discotheques or when leaving them. Visitors are therefore recommended to adopt basic rules of caution in these places and to avoid any ambiguous behavior.

The typhoon period extends from July to October. Typhoons can cause floods, landslides and accidents (falling commercial signs).

This visa will allow you to discover the tranquility of Taiwanese life, a mix of Japanese and Chinese culture. You will be able to easily work and feel good in this country currently considered one of the freest in the world. This developed archipelago will offer you all the necessary infrastructure to succeed in your daily tasks.

How to work in Taiwan?

Working remotely has never been easier. There are multiple coworking spaces allowing you to separate personal life from professional life. Most of them located in New Taipei. We advise you to rent your accommodation not far from one of these spaces so as not to waste time on local transport and take full advantage of your free time. You can locate the coworking spaces in New Taipei on the map provided below.

Depending on your usage, you will find an internet subscription that suits you. Prices vary between €15 and €34/month. The main provider on the island of Taiwan and one of the largest in Asia in terms of revenue is Chunghwa Telecom. There are also wireless wifi boxes for digital nomads, allowing you to benefit from a good wifi connection in around a hundred countries.

What is the time difference?

The time zone is UTC+4. Do not neglect the time difference depending on the work done and your country of origin. Lhe time zone is an important element: there is a psychological risk if the employee connects at night outside of his colleagues' hours. In certain cases, depending on the area of expertise or the personality of the employee, the time difference will not be a key decision-making factor. To avoid suffering from loneliness and integrate as easily as possible, do not hesitate to exchange with other workers from around the world in the coworking spaces that you will frequent. 

To qualify for this visa, you must meet numerous conditions. You must be a recognized expert in your field of expertise (economy, finance, culture & arts, architectural design, national defense, sciences & tech, law, sport, education). The most accessible criterion is that concerning monthly income equal to at least 160,000 TWD. All nationalities are eligible for this program. This visa allows you to enter and exit the territory several times during your stay.

What are the holdups ?

Thanks to Nomamundi, you can obtain this visa in just 60 days. Unfortunately this delay varies depending on the degree of occupation of the island. This is why we advise you to make your request a few months in advance.

What is the price of our services?

The price of the visa will depend on the duration chosen and your nationality. Visa fees are between 100 and 310$.

Can I come with my family?

If you want to develop your children's cultural awareness, what could be better than going abroad as a family. The way of learning for school is different but you will be able to teach them a new way of life and develop their knowledge of the world. When the main applicant's Gold Card application has been approved and he is in the territory, his family will be able to claim family reunification. Your family can enter Taiwan with a visa-exempt entry visa or the visitor or resident visa for the purpose of family reunification, issued by the ROC (Taiwan) Overseas Mission.

Can you renew your teleworking visa?

You can stay on the island of Taiwan for up to 3 years if you wish by applying for a new visa. Indeed, 1 year is often not enough to discover the island. Furthermore, if you decide to go as a family, so as not to disturb your children, it is preferable not to change your destination every year but to sometimes stay longer there. This allows you to fully acclimatize to this new way of life. We advise you to apply for a 3-year visa from the start, if you intend to stay, to avoid higher costs.

Gold Card: consular rates depending on status

Applicant Status Visa durationConsular rate
Principal applicant with a nationality other than United States1 year3,700 NT$
2 years4,700 NT$
3 years5,700 NT$
Principal applicant with United States nationality1 year6,460 NT$
2 years7,460 NT$
3 years8,460 NT$

Gold Card: documents to provide

  • Passport size photo of the candidate(s)
  • Supporting documents (proof of professional qualifications see for each field, CV, employment contract)
  • Passports
  • Previous foreign resident certificate

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Why go through Nomamundi for my Gold Card?

Single price: €90

The price of our assistance in obtaining your visa (excluding consular fees)

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