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Am I eligible to work in Taiwan?

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Am I eligible to work in Taiwan?

Postby sme » 23 Jun 2016, 14:05

I'm having difficulty finding out the requirements for a work permit to work in Taiwan, so I thought I'd ask here. I am 26 years old, living in the US (am a US citizen). I graduated in December 2015 with a bachelors in Computer Science. I have worked as a web developer at my university since April 2014. After I graduated, I have continued to work at this job.

Assuming I get offered a salary of at least 40k TWD a month (I read there is a ~37k minimum requirement, is that true?), and the company has enough revenue or whatever, what would my chances be of having the application be successful? Do I need more post-graduate work experience, or is having work experience while in school sufficient? Or is work experience not even a criteria?

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Re: Am I eligible to work in Taiwan?

Postby abovik » 25 Jun 2016, 23:37

It should be same as in U.S. As long as your company sponsors you to work. Your only problem is whether with your experience and background someone would hire you. Since you only have a bachelors degree, the salary might actually be lower than you expected here. I'm talking about local companies here, FYI. But aim high and see whether luck works for you negotiating.
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Re: Am I eligible to work in Taiwan?

Postby finley » 25 Jun 2016, 23:42

You need two years work experience, but frankly CS graduates are ten-a-penny in Taiwan. Unless you have some specific skill to offer, you'll be an office drone on minimum (foreigner) wage.

You might find Taiwan more enjoyable if you can find freelance work in the US that you can do remotely, and just do visa runs (either locally or back to the US). Another possibility would be to come on a student visa (say, for a MSc). The universities here are keen to attract international students and sometimes offer modest bursaries.
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Re: Am I eligible to work in Taiwan?

Postby Naughtius » 27 Jun 2016, 13:32

There is a requirement of two years relevant work experience in order to be eligible for a white collar work visa. Also, that work experience needs to have been accumulated after you received your degree, so if you graduated in December 2015, you're still a bit short on experience.
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Re: Am I eligible to work in Taiwan?

Postby Yang Gui Zi » 05 Jul 2016, 10:55

Naughtius wrote:There is a requirement of two years relevant work experience in order to be eligible for a white collar work visa. Also, that work experience needs to have been accumulated after you received your degree, so if you graduated in December 2015, you're still a bit short on experience.

You may still be able to get an exception as I did. I showed proof that I was working the same job for several years before graduation and they eventually approved it. I arrived here about a month after I graduated in 2010.

Also, the minimum white collar salary for a foreigner at that time was 47,971 NT.
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