According to Regulations on the Permission and Administration of the Employment of Foreign Workers, international students who wish to work on-campus or off-campus must apply for and obtain a work permit before starting to work. Please note that working without a valid work permit is subject to a fine between NT$30,000 and NT$150,000, and the person will immediately be ordered to leave Taiwan and will not be permitted to work in Taiwan in the future. If the person then fails to leave Taiwan within the specified period, the national entry and exit administrative authority may enforce their departure and may hold the person in detention until they depart. (See Paragraphs 1, 3, and 4 of Article 68 of the Employment Service Act.)
Part-time work on campus includes part-time workers of administrative offices, teaching units or events, teaching assistants (TA) of teaching units, and research assistants (contract-based RA) of professors' research projects.
Please note that there are two types of research assistants, contract-based and research scholarship recipient. Only contract-based research assistants need to obtain a work permit.
The work permit is valid for 6 months only; therefore, please apply for a new work permit (not re-issue) every semester (after February 1st or August 1st).
The Ministry of Labor offers an electronic work permit, please select "electronic official document" instead of delivery (to the school).
- Read the user manual.
- Prepare the required documents (see below).
- Go to the online application system. Select "Work Permit for Foreign Students" and log into the system. If you've never used the online application system, please select "Apply for an account" to create your own account first.
- Pay the fee (NT$ 100) at the post office (application can be submitted one day after the fee is paid), and scan the receipt of your payment.
- Fill in the online application form, upload all the required documents (in PDF format), and submit the application to the school for examination.
- After your application is approved by the Ministry of Labor, the online system will send an email notification to you. Please download the electronic work permit within 8 days after you receive the approval notification.
- Fill in the online application form in the system.
- A scanned copy of your student ID card (both sides of the card and certified by the Office of Academic Affairs with the official stamp).
- A scanned copy of the receipt of your payment (NT$100). Please submit the application online one day after the remittance is complete.
- A scanned copy of your valid passport (bio page)
- A scanned copy of your valid ARC
- One of the following proof/consent letters or special language ability with documentary proof (any one of the following documents is acceptable). Those foreign students who have special language ability, after getting permission from the Ministry of Education and after enrolling for studying, can be exempted from the said document providing if he/she teaches as a part-time foreign language teacher at the college/university-affiliated language center or foreign education institute affiliated language center in Taiwan.
For undergraduate students:
- (5.1) Practical proof of financial difficulty in supporting living and study.
- (5.2) A proof from the teaching or researching unit of the school where the said foreign student is enrolled is in need of his/her assistance and participation in teaching or researching work.
- (5.3) If the applicants need to engage in an off-campus internship in relation to his or her studies, please submit a proof issued by the department/ graduate institute which offers the course.
For graduate students: a consent letter from the professor.
Required documents must be in PDF format. The names of your uploaded files should not be too long or contain any special symbols like #@$%^&*/-~ ...etc.
* Application will not be accepted if there is any missing document.
- The maximum validity of a work permit is 6 months.
- During the semester, the maximum work hours are 20 hours per week.
- Workforce Development Agency has the right to revoke the permit if the applicants do not follow the regulations.
- According to the Regulations on the Permission and Administration of the Employment of Foreign Workers, foreigners who work without a work permit will be fined from NT 30,000 to NT150,000.
- Only degree students can apply for the student work permit.
- For applications made in the first (fall) semester, the work permit is valid until March 31st of the second (spring) semester; for applications made in the second (spring) semester, the work permit is valid until September 30th of the same year.
- Students should return the work permit (if valid) to OIA if they suspend or discontinue their studies.
For more details and regulations, please visit the Workforce Development Agency.