The governments in the world adjust population policy to attract talents or international funds. Taking Spain, Portugal and Cyprus for examples, the governments promote a new bill of immigration while Malta and Antigua open the Economic Citizenship Program to public access. Both of them are pragmatic and flexible.
Due to the new Immigration Act carried out in the 1st August, 2008, the regulation is more mature. Taiwan offers more immigration programs. Today, 500,000 denizened spouses live here. It indicates that Taiwan fascinates certain of population.
However, the immigration involves lots of laws and regulations. The applicant without any plan fails easily. In that case, hiring a professional consultant is essential.
Submission Directions for Senior Professionals and Investment Immigrants Applying for the Alien Permanent Resident Card (Plum Blossom Card)
■ Legal basis
Paragraph 3 and paragraph 4 of Article 25 of the Immigration Act.
Article 12 of the Regulations Governing Stay, Residency and Permanent Residency of Aliencs.
Review Standards for Foreigners Applying for Permanent Residency.
■ Prospective applicants
l Senior professionals needed in Taiwan with one of the following qualifications.
• Having professional skills in emerging industries, key technologies, key components or products.
• Having special and rare talents for the technical research and development of a technical institution, with remarkable achievement in nano and micro electro-mechanical systems, optoelectronics, information and communications technology, automation system integration, applied materials technology, high precision sensing technology, biotechnology, resource development or energy conservation technology and advance fundamental research that are badly needed in Taiwan and cannot be easily developed in a short time.
• Having exclusive and rare talents for management or remarkable achievement in highway, high-speed rail, subway system, telecommunications, aviation, shipping, deep-water construction, meteorology, seismology, etc, that are badly needed in Taiwan and cannot be easily developed in a short time.
• Having special capability in science, research, industry and/or commerce that offers effective and substantial benefits to Taiwan's economy, industry and education or welfare and currently being employed in Taiwan due to his/her professional skills.
• Being currently or formerly hired as a chair professor, professor, associate professor, assistant professor in domestic or foreign universities, or being a researcher, associate researcher or assistant researcher of a research institution, or having a doctoral degree or having received an international academic award, or having written a specialized book or having engaged in research at a research institution or having conducted technical research and development at a technical institution or having been involved in management for over four years and currently employed by an educational, academic or research institution in Taiwan.
• Having achieved exceptional accomplishments and won international recognition for research and development that can upgrade Taiwan's industry.
• Having won a top place award (first, second or third place) in an event of the Olympic Games or the World Cup, or having won the first place in the Inter-continental Games, or having ever coached a national sports team whose members have ever won a place among the top five in an event of the Olympic Game or among the top three in the Inter-continental Games, or other special competitive achievement boosting the capability of Taiwan’s athletes.
• Possessing other special skills and experiences ratified ad hoc by the central authorities in charge of the specific fields.
l Investment immigrants with one of the following qualifications.
• Having invested over NT$15 million in a for-profit enterprise in Taiwan, and created five or more job opportunities for ROC nationals for 3 years.
• Having invested over NT$30 million in Taiwanese government bonds for over 3 years.
l Means of applications
• Applications shall be submitted personally or through a proxy to the local municipal, county (city) NIA service center.
• Any foreign national, applying for the Alien Permanent Resident Card (Plum Blossom Card) under the terms of an investment over NT$15 million in a for-profit enterprise in Taiwan that has generated five or more job opportunities for ROC nationals for over 3 years, is required to have held an Alien Resident Certificate for over 3 years. Any foreign national, applying for the Alien Permanent Resident Card (Plum Blossom Card) under the terms of an investment over NT$30 million in Taiwanese government bonds for over 3 years. At the time when the application is submitted, the Alien Resident Certificate needs to be still valid and the applicant is not subject to the requirement that he/she shall have resided in Taiwan for at least 183 days annually.
• Any application for the Alien Permanent Resident Card (Plum Blossom Card) under the terms of being a senior professional needed in Taiwan is not subject to the requirement regarding the period of residency. Instead, prior to the meeting held by the Exit, Entry, and Immigration Case Evaluation Committee, the applicant shall request the competent authority in charge of related business to provide review comments that will be compiled and forwarded to the review committee. If the review finds that the applicant’s qualifications are satisfactory, the Alien Permanent Resident Card (Plum Blossom Card) may be granted.