Progress made on foreign talent issues
The Legislative Yuan has passed several amendments aimed at improving professional talent retention in Taiwan by easing residency restrictions for foreign nationals and their spouses and children. The provisions include extending permanent residence rights to spouses, minor children, and adult children with disabilities of foreign nationals who are high-level professionals, have won top professional awards, have made a significant contribution to Taiwan, or hold an investment visa.
Based on amendments, Alien Permanent Resident Certificate (APRC) holders will only need to spend an average of 183 days per year during a five-year period in Taiwan to retain their permanent residency status, instead of the current 183 days each year. While this is an improvement on the current status, it falls short of what the ECCT has recommended and what Gold Card holders are granted.
In addition, foreign spouses who are widowed, or foreign spouses who have been legal residents, have custody of minor children or have met and interacted with them, after entering the country can apply for residence.