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MOL to allow more foreign graduates to work in Taiwan

MOL to allow more foreign graduates to work in Taiwan

Taipei, July 16 (CNA) The Ministry of Labor (MOL) announced Thursday that Taiwan will allow more foreign graduates from local universities and colleges to seek employment here, raising the annual quota from 2000 to 2500, and the regulations on minimum salary and work experience are also to be further relaxed. The ministry started to implement a foreign graduate employment program in July last year, adopting a point system to assess the qualifications of the applicants and set a quota of 2000 graduates at the initial stage. Between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015, a total of 770 foreign graduates, some ethnic Chinese, received working permits under the point system, according to MOL statistics. A MOL spokesman said that until the end of this year, the ministry will accept applicants for the first year quota of 2000. Starting next year, the quota will be increased to 2500. Under the point system, applicants will be assessed based on eight criteria, including educational background, salary level, work experience, skills, Chinese language proficiency, foreign language ability, experience in a foreign country, and work force demand of local industries. While an applicant with 70 points is qualified, foreign graduates with higher educational backgrounds and better salaries have an edge in passing the assessment. Applicants with a doctorate degree, for instance, can garner 30 points; a master's degree holder, 20 points; and a bachelor degree recipient, 10 points. If an applicant has found employment offering a monthly salary exceeding NT$47,771 (approximately US$1530), he or she will receive 40 points. A Monthly salary between NT$31,520 and NT$34,999 results in only 10 points. Details of the application guidelines and assessment method can be found on the Workforce Development Agency's website www.wda.gov.tw. (By Y. L. Wei and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-22 02:29 GMT+08:00