Talent retention and recruitment – MOI has revised the law, offering foreign students extended stay in Taiwan after graduation
In order to cater for the government’s talent cultivation, retention and recruitment policy, as well as to attract outstanding foreign talents to work in Taiwan, MOI approved draft amendments made to Article 22, 22-1 of “Regulations Governing Visiting, Residency, and Permanent Residency of Aliens” and Article 18 of "Regulations Governing Nationals without Registered Permanent Residence in the Taiwan Area Applying for the Entry Permit, Residence Certificate and Permanent Residence Certificate for Household Registration" during the internal affairs meeting on November 1st, 2018. In the future, foreigners investing, working or studying in Taiwan will be able to apply for an extended stay from 6 months to one year after completing their work or graduating from school. The purpose is to retain outstanding talents in Taiwan and to elevate the country’s competitiveness.
According to MOI, foreign students studying and graduating in Taiwan have benefitted from the country’s educational resources and gained a certain degree of understanding of local culture, language and lifestyle. Therefore, the priority is to retain and recruit them to work in Taiwan. Consequently, the Executive Yuan has incorporated the “Extending the length of residency of foreign students and graduates in Taiwan from 6 months to one year” program into the “Seven Major Talent Recruitment Policies”. It had been passed and promulgated by the Ministry of the Interior on 5 December 2018 and went into effect on the same day, allowing foreign graduates to extend the length of their residency by 6 months via the written application. If the graduates can prove they are currently seeking employment, or are in the process of applying for a work permit before the extension expires, they may apply for one more extension. This brings the total extension to a maximum of one year, so that they may contribute what they have learned.
In addition, in order to attract outstanding foreign talents to work in Taiwan, foreign professionals, their spouses, minor children and children over the age of 20 but are unable to take care of themselves due to physical or mental disability may apply for two extensions, bringing the total length of residency to a maximum of one year.
MOI indicated that the loosening of regulations will help to retain outstanding foreign professionals and graduates who are familiar with Taiwan to resolve the predicament of talent shortage in Taiwan and enhance our international competitiveness.