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Introduction to the Long-term Retention of Skilled Foreign Workers Program


In order to supplement the industry workforce on April 30, 2022, the Ministry of Labor officially implemented the “Long-term Retention of Skilled Foreign Workers Program.” This applies to industries that already hire foreign workers, including manufacturing industry, slaughterhouse industry, construction industry, the agriculture and long-term care sector, allowing the retention of workers who have worked in Taiwan for 6 years or more, or overseas Chinese and foreign students who have obtained an associate degree or higher from an educational institution in Taiwan, who meet salary condition eligibility and the required skill level, with employers applying for them to be re-designated intermediate skilled foreign workers. There is no limit to the number of years an intermediate skilled foreign workers can work in Taiwan, they receive a higher salary, have a more advanced skill level and are not required to pay an employment security fee. After working for a further five years, such individuals can also apply for permanent residency.


Intermediate skilled foreign workers continue to receive labor and health insurance protections and if in the future industry category intermediate skilled foreign workers to whom the provisions of the Labor Standards Act apply retire in Taiwan the old labor pension system applies. After an employer applies for a foreign worker to be re-designated an intermediate skilled worker, permission will be given to retain the needed number of personnel with the requisite skill level. In addition, the employer is also permitted to apply to recruit the same number of new foreign workers as the number of original foreign workers re-designated intermediate skilled foreign workers. As such, the increase in the number of foreign workers hired by an employer also helps to alleviate employment needs.


Press release: https://www.wda.gov.tw/News_Content.aspx?n=7F220D7E656BE749&sms=E9F640ECE968A7E1&s=B55C7B2F38FFE80D

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Yes, it is necessary.If an intermediary accepts only the appointment of mid-level technical worker in rendering placement service, the intermediary should be included in the evaluation in accordance with the Guidelines for the Evaluation of the Quality of Service of Private Placement Service Institutions for Engagement in Cross-Border Human Resources Placement, and proceed to self-evaluation on the items required for evaluation. 

  • Release date :2022/06/30
  • Update date :2023/03/21

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Not applicable. As stated in the table attached to Article 15 of the Regulations Governing the Permission and Management of Private Placement Service Institutions, the ratio for the calculation of those who are at large at the time of permit switching is applicable only to the employment permit of migrant workers. 

  • Release date :2022/06/30
  • Update date :2023/03/21

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According to Article 3 of the Items and Standard of Billing for Private Placement Service Institutions, intermediaries may charge the employers for the registration service and finder fee no more than the salaries of the foreigner in the first month of employment.

  • Release date :2022/06/30
  • Update date :2023/03/21

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If specific intermediary fails to process the application of the foreigner for residency in Taiwan in due diligence, to the extent that the right and privilege of the foreigner is affected, this intermediary is involved in the alleged violation of subparagraph 15 of paragraph 1 under Article 40 of the Employment Service Act and is liable to a fine of NT$60,000 to NT$300,000.

  • Release date :2022/06/30
  • Update date :2023/03/21

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In accepting the appointment of mid-level technical worker in rendering placement service for the client after arrival in Taiwan, the intermediary may charge for the service of no more than NT$2,000 per year from the client pursuant to Article 5 of the Items and Standard of Billing for Private Placement Service Institutions. 

  • Release date :2022/06/30
  • Update date :2023/03/21

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It is illegal. Intermediaries shall enter into written agreement with the mid-level technical worker in accepting the appointment for rendering placement service or it is a violation of Article 21 of the Regulations Governing the Permission and Management of Private Placement Service Institutions.If the foreigner is applying for employment or as an employed worker, the intermediary is considered an alleged violation of subparagraph 1 of paragraph 1 under Article 40 of the Employment Service Act, or subparagraph 20 of paragraph 1 under Article 40 of the same law. 

  • Release date :2022/06/30
  • Update date :2023/03/21

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The focus will be on manufacturing industry key points with priority given to producing versions in multiple languages

  • Release date :2023/05/26
  • Update date :2023/10/30

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1. The application for employment of mid-level technical workers will be the same as for migrant workers in the application and management after arrival of the workers unless otherwise provided by Article 23 and Article 24 of the Regulations Governing the Permission and Management of Employing Foreigners or specified under applicable legal rules. Placement service rendered by intermediaries to the appointment of the employers or the mid-level technical workers shall be the same as the service for migrant workers.
2. According to Article 21 of the Regulations Governing the Permission and Management of Private Placement Service Institutions, private placement service institutions shall enter into written agreement in accepting the appointment of placement service of mid-level technical workers on the terms and conditions of service. 

  • Release date :2022/06/30
  • Update date :2023/03/21