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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.

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"Introduction to the policy of “Migrant Worker Continuing Education Credit Program”: 
1. Prospective trainees: migrant workers working in Taiwan with education below senior high school and its equivalence and exhibited sound performance at work with potential for development.
2. Application procedure: 
(1) Migrant workers who are not eligible for enrollment in the associate bachelor degree credit programs may enroll in the “Migrant Worker Continuing Education Credit Program” through the collaboration between the employers and the schools through the facilitation of the Ministry of Education. 
(2) At least 9 course credits shall be taken in each semester.
(3) Migrant workers who have taken more than 40 course credits in accumulation and with certification and are at the age of 22, and meet the requirement of “Standard for Determination of Equivalent Qualification in Education for Admission to Universities” may apply for enrollment in the Special Program for Continuing Education of Migrant Workers”
(4) Incentives: The Ministry of Labor provides incentives for the employers to encourage migrant workers to enroll in the program. Employers may choose either “additional employment of migrant workers” or “reduced payment in employment stability fee”. 
3. Window for liaison:
1. Liaison with schools of higher education to offer the program: the Department of Technology and Vocational Education of the Ministry of Education (02)7736-6170.
2. Provide incentives for the employers and consultation on amendment to applicable legal rules: Workforce Development Agency, Ministry of Labor (02)8995-6000"

  • Release date :2023/04/26
  • Update date :2023/05/23