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Foreign Worker Counselling and Management Affairs


Legal Information for Foreign Workers in Taiwan
Along with accelerating globalized economy and internationalization, the labor market is inevitably becoming borderless. Based on the reciprocity principle of respect for international human rights and equality, the government emphasizes the protection of basic human and legal rights of foreign workers among its important policies. Hence, it is also the priority work of the government to construct a comprehensive counselling and management systems for foreign workers.

【Counselling Services for Foreign Workers】

In order to protect the work rights of foreign workers in Taiwan, the Taichung City Government set up the counselling service center for foreign workers that provides relevant services for both foreign workers and their employers as well as takes charge of reports and complaints. Foreign workers are counselled to resolve issues related to their life, work and psychological health as well as to resolve the labor disputes. Free legal counselling services are provided to foreign workers.

Counselling Service Hotline for Foreign Workers:
Vietnamese: 04-22289111 extn. 35561
Indonesian: 04-22289111 extn. 35556
English: 04-22289111 extn. 35544
Thai: 04-22289111 extn. 35553

【Information of Work and Living in Taiwan for Foreign Workers】

Dear friends,
Please pay attention to following information about your work and living in Taiwan:

You shall work only with a legal permit during your stay in Taiwan. Do not work at places not permitted on holidays or your free time. Runaway or illegal foreign workers will be repatriated.
Foreign workers shall receive a health examination after entering and working in Taiwan for 6 months, 18 months and 30 months. Additionally, a health examination is required for those with “continuous employment after the maturity of the original contract” (continuously hired by an original employer) or “transferred employment after the maturity of the original contract” since the effective date of new employment permit. A “supplementary health examination” shall be taken within seven days after the work starting day if the interval between your previous health examination and your new work exceeds one year.
The Animal Protection Act requires no harassment, abusing or harm to animals by any person and no killing of cats or dogs without due cause is allowed and will be punished with the maximum two-year sentence or detention as well as with the fine between 200,000 and 2 million. For selling or eating dog or cat carcass, the fine between NTD50,000 and NTD250,000 will be imposed.
When working in Taiwan, you shall not get involved in making, transporting, selling, transferring, using or possessing drug. For those who are found and prosecuted criminally or sentenced will have their work permits cancelled and repatriated. They will be no longer allowed to work in Taiwan.
Those who get drunk and make trouble or possess devices with killing or wounding power violates the Social Order Maintenance Act and will be punished with fines or sentences.
At present, Taichung City has implemented the waste recycling program. Please sort waste as general waste, recycled waste and leftover for further recycling, disposal, or treatment. Violators will be fined with the maximum amount of NTD6,000.
You are reminded that in Taiwan drinking alcoholic beverages and driving powered transportation is a crime. When your blood alcohol content (BAC) reaches 0.15 mg per liter, you will be punished and if the BAC is higher than 0.25 mg per liter, you're considered to violate the criminal law, the Offenses Against Public Safety and will be arrested. Please “don’t drink and drive.”
Smoking is prohibited in indoor public spaces and outdoor parks and stations. Violations will result in a fine of NTD10,000.
Please help maintain a clean environment. Littering or urinating in public will result in a maximum fine of NTD6,000.
When working in Taiwan, you shall not get involved in behavior such as setting up “your own” stall or selling online or you will be punished with a maximum fine of NTD150,000 and have your employment permit cancelled.
Do not go fishing at parks or hunting in conservation areas and violators will be imposed fines according to relevant rules and regulations (for example, the fine of NTD250,000 will be imposed for catching crabs at Gaomei Wetlands).
For the 24-hour counselling and protection hotline for foreign workers of Workforce Development Agency, Ministry of Labor, please call “1955.”
If an accidental bodily injury or sexual assault occurs, please call 110 (National Report Telephone of National Police Agency) or 113 (including counselling for sexual assault and sexual harassment prevention), the relevant authorities will protect the safety and privacy of the victim.
There are three types of purposes of human trafficking: sexual exploitation, labor trafficking, and removal of organs. If you or your friend gets involved in human trafficking, please call Human Trafficking Report Telephone at 110, (02) 23883095, the counseling and protection telephone for foreign workers, 1955.
Do not ask your family member to send you medication from your home country. If the medication contains narcotic drugs, you may be prosecuted and sentenced. Please see a doctor in Taiwan to avoid violating the law.
When a foreign nationality would like to apply for a pre-paid card, he/she shall provide dual identification certificates to the telephone company. The application shall be made in person. Please do not give your identification documents to any others to avoid fraud done by any telecommunication service provider in your name or you will be also punished.
Laborers shall not work more than eight hours daily and 40 hours weekly under normal work schedules. Additionally, the Labor Standard Act does not apply to domestic nursing helpers.
Prevention from Zika Virus and Dengue Fever:

1. Immediately see a doctor if you experience any symptoms of headache, fever, or joint pains and tell your doctor about your travel history.
2. Take measures to avoid mosquito bites.
3. Call 1922 if you do not feel well.
4. Do “inspect, dump, clean and brush” containers to maintain the clean environment.

Do not go fishing at any creek or river to avoid contaminated fish.
There is a ban on electric bikes on Tanya Shen Green Bikeway (between 0 K and 13 K) from October 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. Violators will be fined.

Online application for the single re-entry to Taiwan of migrant workers: If a migrant worker returns home due to taking leave, according to Article 34 of the Immigration Act, he/she shall apply for re-entry permit from the National Immigration Agency before leaving Taiwan. Online application is available on https://coa.immigration.gov.tw/coa-frontend/foreign-labor.
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Mandarin Chinese Classes for Migrant Workers from Four ASEAN Countries


The Bureau offers Mandarin Chinese classes for migrant workers from four ASEAN countries. Incorporating themes of daily life, foods, transportation, work, and laws as well as Chinese song singing, conversation practice and local teaching method, the classes enable migrant workers to have simple conversations in Mandarin Chinese. Migrant workers are also introduced with information about working and living in Taiwan. They are assisted to quickly adapt to the life in Taiwan.


Door to Door Training to Improve Nursing Skills of Migrant Workers


To assist families in Taichung that hire foreign nursing workers, the Bureau has implemented the empowerment program for nursing workers by improving their nursing skills. Nurses working with bilingual interpreters to provide free door to door training for foreign nursing workers to improve their nursing and caring skills, so that they are able to be trained at home. Instruction items mainly include physical caring, life caring, and others. Additionally, with the insufficient language and skill training of foreign nursing workers before coming to Taiwan, through this program, professional care givers and interpreters come to their home to teach skills and care for their life and provide emotional support and language empowerment to effectively improve overall caring quality. At the same time, legal information and services are appropriately offered for those being cared for, their family members, and foreign workers for better labor relationships.

【Relevant Links and Promotion Information】


Cross-national Workforce Rights Protection Information Website of Workforce Development Agency, Ministry of Labor (https://fw.wda.gov.tw/wda-employer/home/index)
Application for Work Permit for Foreign Professionals Website, Workforce Development Agency, Ministry of Labor (https://ezwp.wda.gov.tw/wcfonline/wSite/Control?function=IndexPage)
Information Page of the Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals (https://foreigntalentact.ndc.gov.tw/Default.aspx)
Promotion Information of Prevention from African Swine Fever (https://fw.wda.gov.tw/wda-employer/home/asf)

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Information about Hiring Foreign Workers

Based on the basic principle for the government to open and introduce foreign workers to take manual work, according to Article 42 of the Employment Service Act, For the purpose of protecting the nationals’ right to work, no employment of foreign worker may jeopardize the nationals’ opportunity in employment, their employment terms, economic development or social stability. Hence, without violating the basic principle to jeopardize the nationals’ opportunity in employment, insufficient labor in Taiwan can be substituted by foreign workers with supplementary and industrial limitations for smooth industrial operations and assistance to home caring.

【Attention for Hiring Foreign Workers】


Unless regulated by the “Employment Service Act” or the “Regulations on the Permission and Administration of the Employment of Foreign Workers,” the employer of foreign worker shall apply for a permit from the Ministry of Labor, after he or she is hired to work within the ROC.
We would like to remind you that without a legal application or permit, do not let a foreign worker provide you services or work for you. If there is a need to hire a foreign worker, please apply a permit according to the law.
If during the hiring, any foreign worker tells you that he/she is a new immigrant and would like to work for you, according to the Employment Service Act, a new immigrant can work in Taiwan and does not need to apply for a work permit. But he/she must be eligible for elements including “married to a national with the household registration record in Taiwan” and “legal residence.” The employer is reminded to check photo and information on the ARC as well as to request the foreign worker to present or submit documents (such as household registration information as a dependent) for verification. Relevant documents shall be copied to assure that the foreign worker is an approved new immigrant before hiring to avoid hiring a runaway foreign worker.
If you would like to hire a foreign student, because before taking the part time job, the foreign student needs to apply for a work permit from the Ministry of Labor on his/her own. Before hiring, you shall actively request the foreign student to present the work permit. Please check the approval term and do not directly hire any foreign student without checking his/her legal status. Please also be aware of that except for summer and winter vacations, weekly work hours of foreign students shall not be longer than 20 hours.
Hiring any illegal foreign worker or those without work permits, expired work permits or hired by others shall be punished with a fine between NTD150,000 and NTD750,000 and for repeated violations within five years will be punished with a sentence or detention less than three years or combing with a fine less than NTD1.2 million.





According to Article 46.1.8-11, foreign workers shall work as: home nursing workers and domestic helpers, nursing workers at institutions, construction workers, fishermen, butchers, dairy farmers and field farmers.

Work Contents of Migrant Workers and Qualification of the Employer:
https://www.wda.gov.tw/NewsFAQ.aspx?n=9C9CC6640661FEBA&sms=A1CA5B0D37C1A94B
Application Process for Hiring Foreign Workers:
https://www.wda.gov.tw/NewsFAQ.aspx?n=8742DCE7A2A28761&sms=67AB43615F0F0CB2&_CSN=1548B29AE7A54B88
Foreign Workers Hired by the Dairy Cow Husbandry Industry Q & A
https://www.wda.gov.tw/News_Content.aspx?n=5B7D022B7B2A81BA&sms=A08B1EA8119FA444&s=FEE70D8702140F9A
Hiring Foreign Workers for Farm Field Work Q & A
https://www.wda.gov.tw/News_Content.aspx?n=5B7D022B7B2A81BA&sms=A08B1EA8119FA444&s=B6A7DAA620CE48E6


Duration of Work: According to Article 52 of the Employment Service Act, the duration of work of a foreigner shall not exceed more than 12 years in the course of his work in the territory of the Republic of China. But for foreign workers engaged in the work of domestic nursing workers with professional training or via self-learning demonstrated with special performance and are qualified for standards and conditions approved by Ministry of Labor can extend his/her work duration to 14 years with the submission of relevant documents.



Please be aware that work items, sites and employers of migrant workers hired shall be identical to those stated on employment approval letter of Ministry of Labor and foreign workers shall not be assigned to carry out work other than permitted and without approval, their work sites shall not be changed. Violators will be fined at an amount between NTD30,000 and NTD150,000 with the requirement to make improvement within the requested time. If no improvement is made within the requested time, the MOL will cancel part or all of the employment and hiring permit of the employer.



Please also be aware that foreign workers shall receive a health examination after entering and working in Taiwan for six months, 18 months and 30 months. Additionally, a health examination is required for those with “continuous employment after the maturity of the original contract” (continuously hired by an original employer) or “transferred employment after the maturity of original contract” since the effective date of new employment permit. A “supplementary health examination” shall be taken within seven days after the work starting day if the interval between your previous health examination and your new work exceeds one year. Violators will be imposed with a fine in the amount between NTD60,000 and NTD300,000 according to laws.

【Search for Regular Health Examination Period of Foreign Workers】and Relevant Q&A
https://www.cdc.gov.tw/Foreigner/Index/RnhidFpzZkZVUGpId1JnQ01Fc1ptdz09
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Information about Employer Counselling

【Foreign Worker Inspection Affairs】

To protect the rights of legal migrant workers and nationals, Taichung City Government emphasizes continuous inspections on illegal migrant workers, employers and agencies to consult them about relevant management of migrant workers. Focuses include living and work counselling and visits, inspection on workplaces, acceptance of reports and assistance to resolve complaints to incorporate with the relevant inspection required by the “Employment Service Act” by working with the MOL and relevant authorities.

In lieu of complicated and numerous rules and regulations about hiring migrant workers in Taiwan as well as the diversification of counselling for foreign workers in their daily life, to assist the employer and migrant workers to develop correct awareness and reduce violations caused by not being familiar with the laws, the Labor Affairs Bureau actively works with the employer organizations to adopt entry counselling measures and provide real-time, in-depth, and practical legal promotion and counselling at workplaces for the employer and the foreign employee to facilitate communications and to protect the rights of both sides. With this program, a friendly workplace shall be constructed by the employer and the employee.

Legal Counselling Telephone for Migrant Workers: 04-22289111 extn. 35500

【Provision of Diverse Counseling Services for the Employer】


Adoption of Multiple Channels to Enhance Legal Promotion

To assist the employer and citizens of Taichung to get to know about the most updated legal information about hiring a foreign worker, the Bureau each year organizes seminars to promote relevant laws and uses multiple channels including broadcast media, on-site counselling, mobile promotion in communities to continuously enhance legal promotion, to safeguard the rights of the employer and the employee, and to facilitate harmony.
Click here to search the most updated legal information about hiring a foreign worker:
https://www.labor.taichung.gov.tw/1348748/Lpsimplelist?PageSize = 30&type = 50

Mandarin Chinese Classes for Migrant Workers from Four ASEAN Countries


The Bureau offers Mandarin Chinese classes for migrant workers from four ASEAN countries. Incorporating themes of daily life, foods, transportation, work and laws as well as Chinese song singing, conversation practice and local teaching methods, the classes enable migrant workers to have simple conversations in Mandarin Chinese. Migrant workers are also introduced to information about working and living in Taiwan. They are assisted to quickly adapt to the life in Taiwan.


Door to Door Training to Improve Nursing Skills of Migrant Workers


To assist families in Taichung that hire foreign nursing workers, the Bureau has implemented the empowerment program for nursing workers by improving their nursing skills. Nurses working with bilingual interpreters to provide free door to door training for foreign nursing workers to improve their nursing and caring skills, so that they are able to be trained at home. Instructional items mainly include physical caring, life caring, and others. Additionally, with the insufficient language and skill training of foreign nursing workers before coming to Taiwan, through this program, professional care givers and interpreters come to their home to teach skills and care for their life and provide emotional support and language empowerment to effectively improve overall caring quality. At the same time, legal information and services are appropriately offered for those being cared for, their family members, and foreign workers for better labor relationship.

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  • Data update: 2021-03-26
  • Publish Date: 2018-12-18
  • Source: Labor Affairs Bureau
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