Submission Directions for Senior Professionals and Investment Immigrants Applying for the Alien Permanent Resident Card (Plum Blossom Card)(Serial No. 0917)
1. Legal basis
The application directions are based on the following regulations: Paragraph 3 and paragraph 4 of Article 25 of the Immigration Act, Paragraph 2 of Article 39 of the Enforcement Rules of the Immigration Act, Article 12 of the Regulations Governing Stay, Residency and Permanent Residency of Aliens and Review Standards for Foreigners Applying for Permanent Resident.
2. Prospective applicants:
(1) Special contribution to Taiwan with one of the following qualifications:
a. Having received an award from a ministerial (or above) level of the governmental agency.
b. Having received an award from an international organization or ranking within top five in critical international competition contests that are recognized by the relevant authorities; such competitions or contests must benefit Taiwan by promoting technologies and the cultivation of talent in Taiwan.
c. Having made outstanding contributions in democracy, human rights, religion, education, culture, the arts, the economy, finance, medicine, sports and/or other domains in Taiwan.
d. Having made contributions to promoting the image of Taiwan at an International platform(s).
e. Having made other special contributions to Taiwan.
(2) Senior professionals needed in Taiwan with one of the following qualifications:
a. Having professional skills in emerging industries, key technologies, key components or products.
b. Having special and rare talents for the technical research and development of a technical institution, with remarkable achievement in nano and micro electro-mechanical systems, optoelectronics, information and communications technology, automation system integration, applied materials technology, high precision sensing technology, biotechnology, resource development or energy conservation technology and advance fundamental research that are badly needed in Taiwan and cannot be easily developed in a short time.
c. Having exclusive and rare talents for management or remarkable achievement in highway, high-speed rail, subway system, telecommunications, aviation, shipping, deep-water construction, meteorology, seismology, etc, that are badly needed in Taiwan and cannot be easily developed in a short time.
d. Having special capability in science, research, industry and/or commerce that offers effective and substantial benefits to Taiwan’s economy, industry and education or welfare and currently being employed in Taiwan due to his/her professional skills.
e. Being currently or formerly hired as a chair professor, professor, associate professor, assistant professor in domestic or foreign universities, or being a researcher, associate researcher or assistant researcher of a research institution, or having a doctoral degree or having received an international academic award, or having written a specialized book or having engaged in research at a research institution or having conducted technical research and development at a technical institution or having been involved in management for over four years and currently employed by an educational, academic or research institution in Taiwan.
f. Having achieved exceptional accomplishments and won international recognition for research and development that can upgrade Taiwan’s industry.
g. Having won a top place award (first, second or third place) in an event of the Olympic Games or the World Cup, or having won the first place in the Inter-continental Games, or having ever coached a national sports team whose members have ever won a place among the top five in an event of the Olympic Game or among the top three in the Inter-continental Games, or other special competitive achievement boosting the capability of Taiwan’s athletes.
h. Possessing other special skills and experiences ratified ad hoc by the central authorities in charge of the specific fields.
(3) Having won the first place of an internationally recognized contest, or appraisal, in specialized area such as cultural art, technology, sport, or industry
(4) Investment immigrants with one of the following qualifications:
a. Having invested over NT$15 million in a for-profit enterprise in Taiwan, and created five or more job opportunities for ROC nationals for 3 years.
b. Having invested over NT$30 million in Taiwanese government bonds for over 3 years.
3. Required documents:
(1) Foreigners, having made special contributions to Taiwan, senior professionals needed in Taiwan or investment immigrants, applying for Alien Permanent Resident Cards (Plum Blossom Cards) shall furnish the following documents:
a. An application form:
1) Please obtain the application form from the local municipal, county or city service center under the Service Affairs Corps of the National Immigration Agency of the Ministry of the Interior (hereinafter as NIA Service Center), or by downloading the form from the NIA website (http://www.immigration.gov.tw) and printing it in A4 page size.
2) Please attach a color photo (the same format used on the Taiwanese ID Card.) to the application form.
b. Please bring the passport and submit a photocopy of the passport. (The original will be returned after verification.)
c. A valid and satisfactory Health Examination Certificate:
1) The certificate should be issued within the past three months by a hospital in Taiwan and the health examination form must be completed by one of the approved major hospitals stated in the Mandatory Examination Items (Form B) promulgated by the National Health Agency of the Executive Yuan.
2) The health certificate may be submitted after the Immigration Review Committee has reviewed and approved the case.
3) The certificate of an overseas examination must be authenticated by the R.O.C. Consulate, the Representative Office, the R.O.C. Overseas Office or other organizations authorized by the Foreign Ministry (hereinafter as the R.OC. Overseas Mission). If any examination is incomplete, the remaining examination must be done in Taiwan.
(2) Senior professionals applying for an Alien Permanent Resident Card (Plum Blossom Card) shall furnish the following documents:
a. The supporting document(s) issued by a central competent authority in charge of related business or an authorized organization.
b. The supporting document(s) related to the professional qualifications of the senior professionals needed in Taiwan.
c. Other supporting document(s)
(3) Investment immigrants applying for an Alien Permanent Resident Card (Plum Blossom Card), who have invested over NT$15 million in a for-profit enterprise in Taiwan and created five or more job opportunities for ROC nationals for over 3 years, shall furnish the following documents and fees:
a. The investment permission and the reference letters issued by the Investment Board of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Science Park or Export Processing Zone;
b. The Corporate Change Registration Form;
c. The No Tax Arrear Certificate and financial statement of the for-profit enterprise for the past three years;
d. The investor’s employee roster for the past four years for any investor of an existing for-profit enterprise;
e. The roster of employees who have joined the Labor Insurance for the past three years;
f. Other supporting document(s).
g. Fee: NT$10,000, shall be paid upon notification of approval.
(4) Investment immigrants applying for the Alien Permanent Resident Card (Plum Blossom Card), and who have invested over NT$30 million in Taiwanese government bonds for over three years, shall furnish the following documents and fees:
a. A certificate verifying the purchase of Taiwanese government bonds.
b. Other supporting document(s). c.
c. Fee: NT$10,000, shall be paid upon notification of approval.
4. Places to file application:
(1) Applicants in the Taiwan Area: Applications should be made in person, or by authorized persons or immigration business agencies at the Local NIA Service Centers.
(2) Overseas Applicants: The applicants first should apply at the R.O.C. Overseas Missions and then later such cases will be transferred to the National Immigration Agency.
(3) Applicants in Hong Kong or Macau: The applicants first should apply at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Hong Kong or Macau and then later such cases will be transferred to the National Immigration Agency.
(4) Applicants in Mainland China Area: The applicants first should apply to the designated agencies as set forth in Paragraph 1 of Article 4 of the Regulations Governing the Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the People of the Mainland China Area, or branches of non-governmental organizations (hereinafter as NGOs) according to the Paragraph 2 of the same Article of the above Regulations and approved and then later such cases will be transferred to the National Immigration Agency. If no such branches of the NGO, the applications should be done by the applicants’ relatives, spouses in Taiwan, or applicants’ commissioned immigration business agency representatives, Class –A travel agencies which serve as a proxy and apply to the National Immigration Agency.
(1) Any foreign national, applying for the Alien Permanent Resident Card (Plum Blossom Card) under the terms of an investment over NT$15 million in a for-profit enterprise in Taiwan that has generated five or more job opportunities for ROC nationals for over 3 years, or under the terms of an investment over NT$30 million in Taiwanese government bonds for over 3 years is required to have held an Alien Resident Certificate which is still valid at the time when the application is submitted, and the applicant is not subject to the requirement that he/she shall have resided in Taiwan for at least 183 days annually.
(2) Any application for the Alien Permanent Resident Card (Plum Blossom Card) under the terms of having made special contributions to Taiwan or being a senior professional needed in Taiwan is not subject to the requirement regarding the period of residency. Instead, prior to the meeting held by the Exit, Entry, and Immigration Case Evaluation Committee, the applicant shall request the competent authority in charge of related business to provide review comments that will be compiled and forwarded to the review committee under National Immigration Agency, the Ministry of the Interior. If the review finds that the applicant’s qualifications are satisfactory, the Alien Permanent Resident Card (Plum Blossom Card) may be granted.
(3) A foreign national who has dual nationality of the State (the R.O.C.) concurrently shall not apply for permanent residence.
(4) The supporting document(s) issued by a central competent authority in charge of a related business or an authorized organization (as set forth by Item 1 of Subparagraph 2 of Article 3) refers to a certificate or an approval letter for employment issued by the government, a certificate issued by an academic institution, or supporting document(s) that certify special capability and outstanding achievement in science, research, industry and commerce.
(5) The supporting document(s) related to Aliens having made special contributions in Taiwan, the professional qualifications of senior professionals needed in Taiwan (Item 2 of Subparagraph 2 of Article 3) refer to one of the following instances:
a. Having made special contribution to Taiwan: The supporting document(s) issued by the government or have been published in a newspaper or magazine to certify the special contribution to the state, society and/or any other area of life in Taiwan.
b. Having a high-level professional skill that is needed in Taiwan: certification of professional skill, R&D patent, professional specialized book or job certification (e.g. certificate of appointment as professor, associate professor or assistant professor).
(6) Other supporting document(s) (Item 3 of Subparagraph 2 of Article 3) refer to diplomas, certificates of appointment, and/or letters of recommendation.
(7) If the required documents are made in foreign states, they shall be authenticated by the R.O.C. Overseas Missions; if the required documents are made by foreign missions or licensed institutions in the Republic of China, they shall be authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If documents referred to in the previous paragraph are produced in mainland China, they should be authenticated by the Straits Exchange Foundation.
(8) If the required documents are made in foreign languages, according to the regulations, the NIA may require the applicants to attach the Chinese language translation of the documents authenticated by the R.O.C. Overseas Missions or accredited by domestic notary public; if applicants fail to attach the Chinese language version, applicants will be notified to submit it within a certain time period; otherwise, the application will be rejected.