Open-Work Permit Application Procedures - Step by step

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Re: Open-Work Permit Application Procedures - Step by step

Postby Ludovic » 20 Feb 2012, 17:20

Hi Northcoast Surfer,

thanks for the infos, really appreciated !

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Re: Open-Work Permit Application Procedures - Step by step

Postby neesh » 24 Feb 2012, 00:23

I got my open work permit this week by following the directions posted at the beginning of this thread.

This Monday morning, the 20th, I walked into the CLA in Taipei and applied for my open work permit. I asked if I could just wait for it, but the guy said 7 days and they'd send it to me. It didn't take 7 days. It arrived today (Thursday 23rd) at my house by registered mail. The card's issue date is February 21. I didn't download and fill out a form ahead of time. I just went in with the necessary docs (APRC, passport, photocopy of front and back of APRC, photocopy of first page of passport, and one photo), filled out the form, paid my $100NT, submitted my form, took my receipt, and left. It took less than 15 minutes. There was no line, and there was even a retiree volunteer on hand who helped me write my address in Chinese. He even spoke English!
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Re: Open-Work Permit Application Procedures - Step by step

Postby joshishappy » 29 Nov 2012, 17:17

Hey Guys,

I am sure am getting antsy. I have all my APRC documents in order and ready to go. I’ve got my interview setup for next Friday. I have an OWP question maybe some of you have dealt with:

I am currently employed with an ARC. Once I apply for my OWP and receive it (assuming I get my APRC without any problems), what do I need to tell my current employer? I guess they would need to cancel my current working permit that is used for my ARC and they will just use my OWP to employ me? Is there a time frame when this needs to be done/completed?

Thanks for all of the great information!

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Re: Open-Work Permit Application Procedures - Step by step

Postby Northcoast Surfer » 29 Nov 2012, 17:22

joshishappy wrote:Hey Guys,

I am sure am getting antsy. I have all my APRC documents in order and ready to go. I’ve got my interview setup for next Friday. I have an OWP question maybe some of you have dealt with:

I am currently employed with an ARC. Once I apply for my OWP and receive it (assuming I get my APRC without any problems), what do I need to tell my current employer? I guess they would need to cancel my current working permit that is used for my ARC and they will just use my OWP to employ me? Is there a time frame when this needs to be done/completed?

Thanks for all of the great information!

Joshua

Just give your employer a copy of your APRC and Open-Work Permit for their files and they can just let the current work-permit run out. No need for them to officially cancel it with the BEVT. All is good once you get the APRC and OWP.
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Re: Open-Work Permit Application Procedures - Step by step

Postby naive » 22 Jan 2013, 08:47

I got my OWP this week, and it was a truly delightful experience. It left me wishing all Taiwanese bureaucracy were so pleasant.

Mr. Lu was the one who helped me, and he was amazing. Everything in the OP about what a wonderful guy he is was absolutely true. Northcoast Surfer, he mentioned you by name (well, by Northcoast Surfer) and asked if I would pass along the newest change:

As of 2013, there is now a third option for pickup. You can wait 30 minutes and your OWP will be ready before you leave. This is what I chose, and it was probably only 20 minutes before they handed me my new permit in a plastic sleeve. Since the BEVT has a cafe on the first floor, it felt like no time at all. I'd barely finished my coffee before the volunteer from the lobby came to fetch me.

Overall, a great experience, and a lovely way to top off all the stress of going through the APRC process!

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Re: Open-Work Permit Application Procedures - Step by step

Postby Northcoast Surfer » 22 Jan 2013, 11:10

naive wrote:I got my OWP this week, and it was a truly delightful experience. It left me wishing all Taiwanese bureaucracy were so pleasant.

Mr. Lu was the one who helped me, and he was amazing. Everything in the OP about what a wonderful guy he is was absolutely true. Northcoast Surfer, he mentioned you by name (well, by Northcoast Surfer) and asked if I would pass along the newest change:

As of 2013, there is now a third option for pickup. You can wait 30 minutes and your OWP will be ready before you leave. This is what I chose, and it was probably only 20 minutes before they handed me my new permit in a plastic sleeve. Since the BEVT has a cafe on the first floor, it felt like no time at all. I'd barely finished my coffee before the volunteer from the lobby came to fetch me.

Overall, a great experience, and a lovely way to top off all the stress of going through the APRC process!


Wow! Nice story! They now have a Cafe on the first floor? That's really neato. I guess I'm going to have to head on down there sometime after CNY and treat Mr. Liu to a cup of coffee to show our appreciation for how he has treated all of us over the years.

Thanks for the information about the new "service while you wait" option. I'll get the OP updated to reflect this nice new option. :bow:
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Re: Open-Work Permit Application Procedures - Step by step

Postby Feiren » 22 Jan 2013, 11:33

Northcoast Surfer wrote:
joshishappy wrote:Hey Guys,

I am sure am getting antsy. I have all my APRC documents in order and ready to go. I’ve got my interview setup for next Friday. I have an OWP question maybe some of you have dealt with:

I am currently employed with an ARC. Once I apply for my OWP and receive it (assuming I get my APRC without any problems), what do I need to tell my current employer? I guess they would need to cancel my current working permit that is used for my ARC and they will just use my OWP to employ me? Is there a time frame when this needs to be done/completed?

Thanks for all of the great information!

Joshua

Just give your employer a copy of your APRC and Open-Work Permit for their files and they can just let the current work-permit run out. No need for them to officially cancel it with the BEVT. All is good o
nce you get the APRC and OWP.
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I'm not sure you really need to do anything. You might wait until renewal time comes around and let them know that they don't need to renew it. Some employers might not be too happy with the idea that their foreign employee no longer depends on them to stay in Taiwan.
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Re: Open-Work Permit Application Procedures - Step by step

Postby Northcoast Surfer » 22 Jan 2013, 12:40

Feiren wrote:
Northcoast Surfer wrote:
joshishappy wrote:Hey Guys,

I am sure am getting antsy. I have all my APRC documents in order and ready to go. I’ve got my interview setup for next Friday. I have an OWP question maybe some of you have dealt with:

I am currently employed with an ARC. Once I apply for my OWP and receive it (assuming I get my APRC without any problems), what do I need to tell my current employer? I guess they would need to cancel my current working permit that is used for my ARC and they will just use my OWP to employ me? Is there a time frame when this needs to be done/completed?

Thanks for all of the great information!

Joshua

Just give your employer a copy of your APRC and Open-Work Permit for their files and they can just let the current work-permit run out. No need for them to officially cancel it with the BEVT. All is good o
nce you get the APRC and OWP.
:bow:


I'm not sure you really need to do anything. You might wait until renewal time comes around and let them know that they don't need to renew it. Some employers might not be too happy with the idea that their foreign employee no longer depends on them to stay in Taiwan.


Well now, one might think so, but it's usually the opposite! Employers are slap happy when their foreign employees get a JFRV through marriage or get the APRC because they can then run the employee off the books and cheat taxes even more than they already are!
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Re: Open-Work Permit Application Procedures - Step by step

Postby zakfor » 27 Feb 2013, 19:52

At the start of this informative forum topic Northwest Surfer stated,
I was one of the first JFRV spouses to get the Open-Work Permit and six months later it was no longer necessary! :fume: If you have an APRC and you wish to work legally, you MUST get the Open-Work Permit, it's not optional.


I just received my APRC today and mentioned to the NIA official that I was going to try to get my Open-Work Permit soon. I was told that I didn't need to get one because I am married to a Taiwanese citizen (I changed from a JFRV to an APRC).
The NIA official told me that even though it doesn't specifically list my wife on the APRC, it is in my record. Since this makes sense, I am wondering if it is too good to be true.

Has anyone actually experienced any trouble working here in Taiwan without an Open-Work Permit, being married to a Taiwanese citizen and holding an APRC?
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Re: Open-Work Permit Application Procedures - Step by step

Postby daxsterious » 06 Mar 2013, 11:02

Big thanks out to Northcoast Surfer and the fantastic Mr. Liu. :notworthy: Excellent step by step info for the application procedures and top notch assistance from Mr. Liu! :bravo: I was also presented with the three options of mail, return to pick up, or wait 30 minutes and receive. I gladly waited the 30 minutes and was on my way with my shiny new OWP :-)
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