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Operation Directions for Foreign Professionals Applying for the Employmet Pass Card

Operation Directions for Foreign Professionals Applying for the Employment Pass Card

  • Date:2011/7/27
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Operation Directions for Foreign Professionals Applying for the Employment PASS Card
The operation directions are enacted and promulgated by Decree Tai-Nei-Yi-Tzu No. 09809587360 of the Ministry of Interior on May 5, 2009 and set to be effective on the same date.
I.
The Operation Directions are enacted by the Ministry of the Interior to implement the issuance of the 4 in 1 Employment PASS Card to foreign professionals which include the permission provided by the Resident Visa, Work Permit, Alien Resident Certificate and Multi-Entry Permit.
II.
Any foreign professional working in the Republic of China pursuant to subparagraphs 1 to 6, paragraph 1, Article 46 and subparagraph 1, paragraph 1, Article 48 of the Employment Service Act in one of the occupations detailed below, may apply for the Employment PASS Card in accordance with the Operation Directions:

(1)
Professional having an occupation within a highly specialized or technical field;

(2)
Overseas Chinese or foreigners invested in Taiwan with governmental approval, or a supervisor of an established business;

(3)
School teachers, under the following conditions:


1.
Teaching at a public or legally registered private school at college level or above; or teaching at a school for foreigners;


2.
With proper accreditation, teaching foreign language courses at a public or legally registered private school at high school level or below;


3.
Teaching at the bilingual department of a public or legally registered private experimental high school; or teaching at a bilingual school.

(4)
Professional foreign language teachers working in a supplementary education school registered and established pursuant to the Supplementary Education Act;

(5)
Coach or athlete;

(6)
Professional having a profession within the field of religion, art, or performing arts;

(7)
Researcher or consultant in an academic research institution subordinate or affiliated with government authorities at all levels.
III.
The foreign professionals applying for the Employment PASS Card for the first time shall follow the procedures below:   

(1)
For applicants outside Taiwan:


1.
The foreign professional, employer, or commissioned agent shall prepare all the necessary documents and fees for the four applications of Resident Visa, Work Permit, Alien Resident Certificate and Multi-Entry Permit, and deliver them to an overseas ROC embassy, diplomatic office, representative office, or other Ministry of Foreign Affairs authorized organization (hereinafter referred to as overseas ROC office).


2.
After receiving the application, the overseas ROC office shall, within one week, forward the relevant documents and fees for the Work Permit, Alien Resident Certificate, and Multi-Entry Permit to the related competent authorities: the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training of the Council of Labor Affairs, the Executive Yuan (hereinafter referred to as the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training) and the National Immigration Agency of the Ministry of the Interior (hereinafter referred to as the National Immigration Agency).       


3.
Upon the approval by the overseas ROC office, the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training, and the National Immigration Agency, the National Immigration Agency shall issue the Employment PASS Card and notify the applicant to pick it up.


4.
If a denial by any or all of the reviews by the overseas R.O.C. office, the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training, and the National Immigration Agency, the Employment PASS Card shall not be issued and each related competent authority shall notify the applicant.

(2)
For applicants inside Taiwan:


1.
The employer or commissioned agent shall prepare all the necessary documents and fees for the four applications of Resident Visa, Work Permit, Alien Resident Certificate and Multi-Entry Permit, and deliver them to the National Immigration Agency. However, any foreign professional fitting the condition stated in Article 23 of the Immigration Act, may omit the documents for Resident Visa from the applications


2.
After receiving the application, the National Immigration Agency shall, within one week, forward the relevant documents and fees for the Resident Visa and Work Permit to the related competent authorities: the Bureau of Consular of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (hereinafter referred to as Bureau of Consular Affair) and the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training.


3.
Upon approvals by the Bureau of Consular Affair, the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training, and the National Immigration Agency, the National Immigration Agency shall issue the Employment PASS Card and notify the applicant to pick it up.


4.
If a denial by any or all of the reviews by the Bureau of Consular Affair, the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training, and the National Immigration Agency, the Employment PASS Card shall not be issued and each related competent authority shall notify the applicant.
The documents required to apply for the Resident Visa, Work Permit, Alien Resident Certificate and Multi-Entry Permit shall be set by directions of the respective authorities. However, anyone working under the condition stated in subparagraph 7, paragraph 1 of the preceding Point, shall not be required to apply for work permission in accordance with paragraph 1, Article 48 of the Employment Service Act.
To increase the efficiency of the review processing and shorten the processing time for the issuance of the Employment PASS Card, the National Immigration Agency may establish a computer system to coordinate and acknowledge the results of the application review process among the related authorities.
IV.
The amount and means of payment for the Employment PASS Card application fee are as follows:

(1)
The fee amount for the application of Resident Visa is set by the Directions for the Fee Standard of Foreign Passports Visa. Foreign professionals applying from outside Taiwan shall pay the application fee in cash; or a postal money order if applying from inside Taiwan.

(2)
The fee amount for the application of Work Permit is set by the Directions for the Fee Standard of the Applications Reviews and Permits of the Employment Service Act. The fee shall be paid by funds transfer in the post office for which the receipt issued shall be attached to the application.

(3)
The fee amount for the application of Alien Resident Certificate and Multi-Entry Permit is set by the Directions for the Fee Standard of Entry/Exit and Immigration Permits, and shall be paid in cash.
V.
The validity of the Employment PASS Card starts the day following its issuance within the period of the work permit. While under the validity of the Employment PASS Card, a foreign professional may use the card for work and residency in Taiwan, and make multiple-entry in conjunction with his/her passport.
VI.
Any foreign professional whose work necessitates his/her employment beyond the original expiration of the Employment PASS Card may, by himself/herself, his/her employer, or a commissioned agent, deliver the required documents to the National Immigration Agency and apply for an extension. Upon the referral to and approval by the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training, the National Immigration Agency shall re-issue an Employment PASS Card.
VII.
Any foreign professional terminating their employment early, or upon the termination of employment, not having renewed employment or not being employed elsewhere may, by himself/herself, his/her employer, or a commissioned agent, deliver the required documents to the National Immigration Agency, and apply for the cancellation. Upon the referral to and approval by the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training, the National Immigration Agency shall cancel the Employment PASS Card and order the foreign professional to leave within a specified period of time.
VIII.
Foreign professionals holding Employment PASS Cards shall apply for a reissue of the Card with the National Immigration Agency within 15 days of a change of employment or residency address. The cardholders shall apply for a reissue of the Card in case of damage, destruction or loss of the Card, or other changes of information.
IX.
 Any foreign professional working in Taiwan with an Employment PASS Card, having one of the conditions stated in Articles 32 of the Immigration Act anytime during the validity of the Card, shall have his/her residency permission rescinded or revoked by the National Immigration Agency, and which shall also cancel the Employment PASS Card, and notify the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training to revoke the employment permission.   
X.
Employers hiring foreign professionals may apply for the Employment PASS Card in pursuant to these Operation Directions; or they may also choose to apply for the Resident Visa, Work Permit, Alien Resident Certificate and Multi-Entry Permit separately with the respective competent authorities.   

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