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Does anyone here have or know about the "Platinum International Talent Card" or the "Gold International Talent Card" issued by the government? For example, what's the difference between the two?
Apparently these are things that individuals generally can't apply for themselves. Instead, a "recommended organization" (e.g., chamber of commerce, industry association, juridical body, or government agency) has to apply for them. They seem aimed at high-level people in biotech, etc.
In order to retain the key industry international talent in Taiwan, the Ministry of Economic Affairs issues the multi-functional “International Talent Card”. InvesTaiwan Service Center coordinates the resources from government agencies to provide international talent with value-added services. The function of the Platinum Card includes speedy immigration clearance for the cardholders along with spouses or lineal relatives traveling with them. Besides, the functions include EasyCards, APP, and QR Code, in order to provide the information regarding on living, education, entertainment, and tourism. This will help us provide a better and friendlier living environment for international talent in Taiwan.
So if I get one, I get to go through the VIP line at the airport on the way to my tiny seat in coach? Anything else? Is it actually useful to have one of these?
The government has deemed me unworthy of a platinum card, so no VIP line at the airport for me I guess.
But they did send me a "Gold International Talent Card," which is basically an EasyCard with my name and photo. I don't know yet if they loaded any money on the card or if comes with any, you know, actual benefits.
Does anyone know anything about these cards?
Whatever I may or may not get, the card expires at the end of next year. I don't know if I can renew it or if my supposed worth to Taiwan must be completely reevaluated next year.
Toad wrote:Cranky: does this thing have any relation to the Plum Blossom card?
Not that I know of. I suspect this isn't something they thought through all that much.
How did you arrange to get yourself sponsored for your gold card?
Some of the application paperwork just appeared on my desk one day.
But I must admit that I really did want to get this and had mentioned it at work before, partly just out of curiosity but mainly because I've been hoping that maybe, just maybe, it might help me with my goal of TW citizenship without having to renounce my US citizenship. Since occasionally the government makes noises about making it easier for what I like to call "super foreigners" to get citizenship without having to prove renunciation, I thought that having a government-issued card stating that I'm valuable or whatever to Taiwan just might help me through that loophole.
No platinum card for me, though. Instead, I ended up with just a gold star on my homework. But if the rules ever open up just a little, I'll try to see if that's good enough.
There might not be much time regardless. The card expires at the end of next year.