Qualifying same-sex spouses are now eligible to apply for an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC).

The as-yet unpublished government policy, communicated verbally, follows the legalization of same-sex marriage in Taiwan on May 17, 2019.

The policy applies to nationals of the following countries that recognize same-sex marriage: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, parts of Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland), the United States and Uruguay.

Who Qualifies?

The same-sex foreign spouse of a work permit holder

  • Both foreign spouses must be nationals of one of the 26 countries;
  • The marriage must have taken place in the country of nationality of one of the spouses; and
  • The marriage must be registered in the other spouse’s country of nationality.

The same-sex foreign spouse of a Taiwanese national

  • The foreign must be a national of one of the 26 countries;
  • The marriage must have taken place in the country of nationality of the foreign spouse; and
  • The marriage must be registered in Taiwan.

Dependent Status

Dependent status allows foreign national spouses of work permit holders or of Taiwanese nationals to

  • stay in Taiwan for the duration of their spouse’s work permit;
  • receive National health Insurance (NHI) contributions;
  • work in Taiwan in certain circumstances.

Action Items

Employers whose employees may benefit are encouraged to contact an immigration specialist for case-specific advice.


Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.