Taiwan is changing the review process for Special Professional Work Permit applications.

Key Points:

  • All Special Professional Work Permit applications are now expected to have full panel review within the Work Development Authority, which is expected to lengthen processing times.
  • Previously, most applications in this category were reviewed by a single individual; only 20%-40% of applications received full panel review.
  • Full panel reviews require 6-8 weeks, which is a significant increase from the 7-10 days it took for completion of a review by a single individual.

Background: Taiwan has not made an official announcement about this policy change, but permit applications within this category are receiving closer scrutiny. The Special Professional Work Permit category is for workers with experiences in certain fields, including science and technology, education, arts and culture, sports, finance and law.

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