Work Permit

As an international student of the International Doctoral Program in Asia-Pacific Studies (IDAS) and the International Master’s Program in Asia-Pacific Studies (IMAS) are are regulations that you need to comply with to live, study and work in Taiwan.

All students that wish to take jobs while studying in Taiwan must apply for a Work Permit from the Ministry of Labor. Failing to do so could cause you problems and fines. Please verify that you are allowed to take jobs before doing so. These procedures must be done through the IDAS and IMAS office and the university. Please consider that scholarship recipient students must meet additional criteria before applying for a work permit.

If you decide to work while studying in Taiwan then you must meet certain criteria. Please read through this information carefully and contact us if you still have any questions.

Applying for a Work Permit

International students who wish to work in Taiwan (either on campus or off campus) are required to apply for the work permit before they start to work. Please be notified any unauthorized employment will be incurred with penalty from NTD 30,000 to NTD 150,000.

Online Application

To apply online for a work permit please follow the next steps:

  1. Create an account on the Workforce Development Agency website and follow the instructions in the manuals to submit an application.
  2. For the “Faculty” column in the form, please fill in the FULL department name in Chinese.
  3. After you have submitted the online application, inform the IDAS/IMAS so they may inform the OIC for the approval process.
  4. The OIC will inform you by email when the OIC has received your work permit from the Workforce Development Agency.

Application in Paper Forms

To apply by paper forms for a work permit please follow the next steps:

  1. Fill out the application form and prepare required documents.
  2. Go to the Registration Office to stamp on the your student ID card (front and back side) and make a photo copy of your stamped ID.
  3. Bring the application form and all other required documents to the OIC.
  4. Submit your application.

You may submit your application in person at Workforce Development Agency located at 10042, Fl. 10, No. 39, ZhongHua Rd. Sec. 1, Taipei. Or by Registered mail to 10042臺北市中正區中華路一段39號10樓,收件人註明:勞動力發展署(申請外國留學生、僑生及華裔學生工作證)收. The Chinese address label is available at the OIC.

Documents Required for Application

To apply online for a work permit please follow the next steps:

  1. ARC and Certificate of your enrollment status (check with IMAS/IDAS staff)
  2. Statement of your application reasons
  3. Application form
  4. Photocopy of student ID card (front and back) with registration stamp
  5. Original application payment receipt (NT$100) from the Post Office

Applicants may transfer the application fee at a post office or pay at the counter of Workforce Development Agency (WDA) to:
Account Name: 勞動部勞動力發展署聘僱許可收費專戶
Account Number: 19058848

Students must write a statement explaining the reasons why they need to work while studying in Taiwan. Valid reasons are financial issues, for academic or research purposes, and for internship required by or related to the curriculum of the program. Please ask the IDAS and IMAS office for assistance.

Government Office Location

Workforce Development Agency