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Ministry of Economic Affairs R.O.C.(Taiwan)
Laws and Regulations Retrieving System

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Title: Regulations for Verification of Investment by Overseas Chinese and Foreign Nationals Ch
Date: 2019.07.29
Legislative: Promulgated on May 13, 1998
Amended on December 2, 2002
Amended on July 29, 2019
Content:

Article 1 
The following regulations are set forth in accordance with Paragraph 3, Article 9 
of the Statute for Investment by Overseas Chinese and Paragraph 3, Article 9 of 
the Statute for Investment by Foreign Nationals.

Article 2
Investors applying for investment verification shall have the investor, the 
investor’s agent, the invested business or the agent of the invested business 
file the application within two months of the initial formation of capital.
Investors funding its invested business in installments shall be allowed to file 
the application in installments or file the application in one installment within 
two months after they are fully implemented.

Article 3
The competent authority in charge of examining the forms of investment shall 
verify the investment amount in accordance with the following
1. If an investor purchases New Taiwan Dollars (“NTD”) to fund an investment, 
the amount of the investment shall be verified after deducting any commissions 
and other related charges.
2. If an investor remits funds in a foreign currency for the investment, the 
investment amount would be verified as the amount of the incoming transfer in 
NTD calculated according to the foreign exchange rate of the beneficiary bank 
at the time of remitting inwards.
3. If an investor brings in bank notes in a foreign currency for investment, the 
investment amount would be verified as the amount of the incoming transfer in NTD 
calculated according to the foreign exchange rate of the beneficiary bank at the 
time of remitting inwards.
4. If an investor uses patent rights, trademark rights, copyright, professional 
technical skills or other intellectual property rights as investment capital, the 
amount of the investment shall be verified as the worth or value of such legal 
rights at the grant of investment approval.
5. If an investor uses equipment or raw material as investment capital, the 
investment amount shall be determined as the F.O.B. price of such equipment and 
material at the customs in NTD calculated in accordance with the exchange rate on 
the date of import.
6. If an investor uses NTD to purchase equipment and raw materials in Taiwan, the 
amount of investment shall be verified as the actual dollar amount for the 
purchase by invoices.
7. If the investment is capitalized through stock divisions due to mergers, 
demergers, or acquisitions, the amount of investment shall be verified as the 
dollar amount set forth at time of investment approval. 
8. If the investment is capitalized through creditor rights, the amount of 
investment shall be verified as the dollar amount set forth at time of investment 
approval. 
For investors using other than the above-mentioned forms of investment, which are 
authorized by other competent authority, the amount of investment shall be 
verified in accordance with the standards set forth by the competent authority.

Article 4
Investors capitalizing investment by wire transferring foreign currency shall 
provide the competent authority with the following documents for verification: 
1. Application for investment verification.
2. Photographic copies of the bank advice of inward remittance or bank draft 
issued in relation to any incoming wire transfers. 
3. If the investor purchases NTD to fund the investment, the investor shall 
submit the foreign exchange receipt issued for the purchase of NTD from the 
settlement bank; If the investor does not purchase NTD, the investor shall 
submit photographic copies of other transaction certifications from the 
beneficiary bank.
4. Photographic copies of 1) bank deposit slip issued by the bank in which 
the invested business holds an account or 2) the bank passbook of the 
invested business.
If stock equity in the preceding paragraph is acquired from a Taiwanese 
shareholder, investors are not required to provide the documents mentioned in 
Subparagraph 4 above. Nonetheless, investors shall provide the statement of the 
completion of stock equity transfer by the domestic company, transferrer, or 
transferee, and the receipt of payment. 
If an investment according to Paragraph 1 is completed by an investor group 
consisting of two or more investors, investors shall submit the transfer 
statement showing the amount of the incoming wire transfer. If the wire 
transfer is completed by one member of the investment group on behalf of the 
group, that investor shall submit an original copy of the declaration of the 
wire transfer verifying the transfer made by the investor on behalf of the 
investor group.

Article 5
Investors bringing in foreign currencies in cash for investment shall provide 
the competent authority with the following documents for verification:
1. Application for investment verification. 
2. Certification documents issued by the customs.
3. If the investor purchases NTD to fund the investment, the investor shall 
submit the foreign exchange receipt issued for the purchase of NTD from the 
settlement bank; If the investor does not purchase NTD, the investor shall 
submit photographic copies of other transaction certifications from the 
beneficiary bank.
4. Photographic copies of 1) bank deposit slip issued by the bank in which the 
invested business holds an account or 2) the bank passbook of the invested 
business.
If stock equity in the preceding paragraph is acquired from a Taiwanese 
shareholder, investors are not required to provide the documents mentioned in 
Subparagraph 4 above. Nonetheless, investors shall provide the statement of 
the completion of stock equity transfer by the domestic company, transferrer, 
or transferee, and the receipt of payment.
If an investment according to Paragraph 1 is completed by an investor group 
consisting of two or more investors, investors shall submit the investment 
amount statement of the investors. If the investment amount is brought into 
the country by one of the investors, the investors shall submit a statement 
of the carrying of the currency on behalf of the investor group.

Article 6
Investors capitalizing investment using NTD or via acquiring of stock ownership 
from existing shareholders in Taiwan by using NTD shall provide the following 
documents for verification:
1. Application for investment verification.
2. Photographic copies of 1) bank deposit slip issued by the bank in which the 
invested business holds an account or 2) the bank passbook of the invested 
business.
If stock equity in the preceding paragraph is acquired from a Taiwanese 
shareholder, investors are not required to provide the documents mentioned in 
Subparagraph 2 above. Nonetheless, investors shall provide the statement of the 
completion of stock equity transfer by the domestic company, transferrer, or 
transferee, and the receipt of payment.

Article 7
Investors using patent rights, trademark rights, copyrights, professional 
technical skills or other intellectual property rights as investment capital 
shall provide the competent authority with the following documents for 
verification:
1. Application for investment verification. 
2. Documents showing evidence of investors transferring or licensing their 
intellectual property rights to invested business or the preparatory office 
thereof.

Article 8
Investors for their own using to import equipment and raw material as their 
investment capital shall provide the competent authority with the following 
documents for verification:
1. Application for investment verification. 
2. Certification of the entry of goods issued by the customs.

Article 9
Investors using NTD to purchase equipment and raw material in Taiwan shall 
provide the competent authority with the following documents for verification:
1. Application for investment verification. 
2. Photographic copies of invoices or other related documents showing evidence 
of the purchase of equipment and raw material. 
3. The invested business or its preparatory office shall provide proof showing 
investors have undertaken steps to capitalize the investment.

Article 10
Investors capitalizing investments through mergers, acquisitions, demergers, 
or stock divisions shall provide the competent authority with the following 
documents for verification: 
1. Application for investment verification. 
2. The invested business or its preparatory office shall provide proof showing 
investors have undertaken steps to capitalize the investment.

Article 11
Investors capitalizing with the credit through reorganization shall provide 
the competent authority with the following documents for verification:
1. Application for investment verification. 
2. The invested business shall provide proof showing investors have undertaken 
steps to capitalize the investment.

Article 12
An application for verification may be exempted under any of the following 
conditions:
1. Investors transferring ownership in shares of the invested business to other 
overseas Chinese or foreign nationals with the transaction being completed 
outside of Taiwan, and with no capital flowing into Taiwan.
2. Investments by investors through gifts, inheritance, capital increase 
through conversion of earnings or capital surplus.

Article 13
Where an investor applies for investment verification in accordance with the 
Regulations, the competent authority may, where necessary, request the investor 
to submit a photographic copy of a CPA-audited capital verification audit 
report, proof stating the percentage of the investor's ownership of outstanding 
shares in a domestic enterprise, or other designated documents.

Article 14
This Regulations becomes effective on the date of promulgation.

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