Rules and Regulations

Taiwan Investment Visa

Under Taiwan law, qualified “Hong Kong/Macau Residents” can obtain a Taiwan passport and ID Card without renouncing their Hong Kong/Macau status by investing at least NTD 6 million (~USD200,000) in a Taiwan company and meeting a residency requirement.

Apply for the Taiwan Investment Visa and citizenship

How Does It Work?

The main applicant invests at least NTD6 million (~USD200,000) in a Taiwan company.

He/she relocates to Taiwan with their spouse and children

After meeting a residency requirement, the main applicant and their dependants are able to apply for permanent residency and ultimately citizenship with a Taiwan ID, household registration and passport.

Process to apply for the Taiwan Investment Visa
Process for how Hong Kong or Macau investors can become Taiwan citizens
Residents from HK/Macau can obtain a Taiwan Passport in as little as 18 months

What Do You Get?

At the end of the process (slightly over 1 to 2 years), successful applicants enjoy the same benefits and obligations as all Taiwan born nationals, including:

  • Irrevocable Permanent Residence in Taiwan and conversion to full citizenship
  • Taiwan Passport
  • Taiwan ID Card
  • Household Registration
  • Access to Taiwan National Health Insurance System
  • Right to vote in open and democratically-contested local and presidential elections
  • Equal access to education at all levels

DOES TAIWAN ALLOW HONG KONG/MACAU PERSONS TO IMMIGRATE TO TAIWAN?

Yes, different options are available depending on which immigration category applies. Determining your immigration category is an important first step to avoid confusion and wasted time.

Click here to read about different immigration categories to determine which immigration category applies.

WHAT ARE MY INVESTMENT OPTIONS?

You can either:

  • Invest in a company pre-screened by Pamir and offering a structured exit, which has prepared an online data room for due diligence purposes, and which is experienced in producing the documents investors will need for their immigration filings.
  • Invest in an existing company you have identified yourself
  • Form a new company and operate your own business.

Each option above has its own pros and cons, and the scope of work and costs vary depending on the option selected.

Please contact us at https://www.pamirlaw.com/contact/ or info@pamirlaw.com for more information regarding each particular option.

WHO CAN BE A GUARANTOR? WHAT ARE THE RISKS FOR THE GUARANTOR?

Any adult Taiwan citizen having a residence registered in Taiwan and currently employed can act as guarantor.

The guarantor is required to sign a document stating the following:

  • Confirm the identity of the applicant
  • Confirm that they have a real relationship with the applicant
  • Assume responsibility to cover the applicant’s living expenses in Taiwan, if necessary
  • Commit to assist authorities to locate the applicant in a potential deportation process, and to cover any associated expenses.
  • If the guarantor becomes unable to fulfill their obligations, a replacement guarantor should be appointed within one month, otherwise the residence permit could be cancelled.

The guarantee starts when the applicant applies for Residence (居留) and it expires after the applicant obtains their Taiwan ID/Household Registration.

Only individuals can act as guarantors, therefore Pamir is not able to act as a guarantor. If you do not have a friend in Taiwan that can act as guarantor, contact us to explore ways in which this requirement can be met.

CAN I WORK IN TAIWAN WHILE I MEET THE RESIDENCE REQUIREMENT?

You are allowed to work either for the invested company or for a different company while meeting the residence requirement, provided that your employer applies for a work permit in your behalf. However you are not required to work at the invested company.

If needed, we can assist with the work permit application process.

CAN I BRING MY SPOUSE AND CHILDREN WITH ME?

The main applicant’s spouse and children under 20 years old are entitled to receive the exact same benefits as the main applicant, as long as they also meet the residence requirement.

However, in certain cases where this is not desired, a spouse or child can decline to obtain a Taiwan ID and apply for an Alien Resident Certificate (“ARC”) instead and reside in Taiwan with “foreigner” status.

FAQ

Find the answers to all your questions. Make sure you have all the facts at your hands to determine if investing and moving to Taiwan might be right for you.

Compare With Other Countries

For residents from HK/Macau, Taiwan is the best Investment Immigration Program

The Taiwanese Investment Visa program is very attractive. It offers Hong Kong and Macau residents a path to citizenship for an investment of ~USD200,000.

Given the relatively low required investment, this program compares favorably to other options available worldwide. Even after adding professional fees and other expenses, the total initial investment is lower than most options available. 

PROGRAM BENEFIT TOTAL INITIAL INVESTMENT
(ESTIMATED – USD)
Australia Residence $3,650,000
UK Tier 1 (Investor) Residence $2,950,000
Cyprus Citizenship $2,850,000
Malta Citizenship $1,350,000
Bulgaria Citizenship $1,150,000
US/EB-5 Residence $1,800,000
St. Kitts & Nevis
(Real Estate Investment)
Citizenship $600,000
Portugal Residence $566,000
Spain Residence $545,000
Antigua & Barbuda
(Real Estate Investment)
Citizenship $500,000
Grenada
(Real Estate Investment)
Citizenship $450,000
St. Kitts & Nevis
(Gift to Government)
Citizenship $322,000
Grenada
(Gift to Government)
Citizenship $265,000
Antigua & Barbuda
(Gift to the Government)
Citizenship $150,000