Moving to Taiwan | Wandering Soup
This week we are continuing our informational "quick" posts on relocating from the U.S. to another country.
Below is a quick nutshell view for those that don't want to watch the Vlog:
Land- In a nutshell yes but there are rules! Foreigners can only purchase land for personal, investment, and social welfare purposes not for profit and you can only buy if you are a resident of Taiwan, hold an Alien Registration Card AND only if Taiwan nationals are also entitled to buy property in your home country.
Business Ownership - Opening a foreign-owned business in Taiwan is possible and the process is actually straight forward.
Citizenship - You can apply for a Alien Permanent Resident Certificate if you have lived in Taiwan for a period of five years and have been in the country for at least 183 days each year. Anytime spent attending school does not count.
Medical - Universal Health care exists and is mandatory if you reside in the country for more than 4 months or have a Alien Permanent Resident Certificate. There are also private hospitals. Coverage is good and on par with Western care, with much lower costs.
Education - English speaking public schools are not the norm so most expats send their kids to International schools which will cost you. There's also a waiting list so expect and plan for a delay, you won't move on Monday and have your child in school the next Monday.
LGBTQI Friendly - From Wikipedia - Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights in Taiwanare regarded as the most progressive inEast AsiaandAsiain general.Both male and female same-sex sexual activities are legal, andsame-sex marriagewas legalized on 24 May 2019, following a Constitutional Court ruling in May 2017. However, same-sex couples are currently unable to jointly adopt a child, but may adopt stepchildren.
*Cost of Living - Taiwan is not going to be as inexpensive as the other countries we've looked at such as Thailand and Vietnam, in fact it will be on par with costs in the U.S. In essence this is not the country to come to without a job or only a thousand dollars in your account.
Hopefully the above helps you! Where shall we look at next?