Taiwan's constitution provides for an executive with a president elected for a four-year term and a prime minister and cabinet selected by the president but responsible to Parliament. There is a 225-member unicameral legislature, the Li fa Yuan. A constitutional amendment has been proposed that would reduce the legislature to 113 seats in 2007.
The economy of Taiwan is strong, the country is technologically advanced, inflation and unemployment are low, and the culture is rich. Taiwan has become a major investor in mainland China, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Vietnam. China is Taiwan's largest export market.
For the most part, Taiwan's major cities offer apartment living, although there are single-family homes. Due to air pollution in Taipei, newcomers often try to find housing at higher elevations than the city.
Even in the suburbs, apartments are the norm. Building maintenance, parking, and security services or equipment are important elements of any potential apartment. Many apartment buildings charge monthly for these services.
Schools with instruction in English, German, French, and Japanese are available to the international community in Taiwan. Formerly separate schools, the British, French, and German schools have joined to form the Taipei European School.
English-language schools are the only ones to offer primary- and secondary-level classes, culminating in the International Baccalaureat. The school year generally runs from August or September through June or July. Most private schools in Taipei provide transportation for their students.
Visa & Immigration
Santa Fe offers Visa and Immigration services for Taiwan and countries around the world. For further information, please contact your local Santa Fe office.
Santa Fe Relocation Services Taipei Office
Address: 13F-4, No. 141, Sec. 1, Keelung Road Xinyi District, Taipei City 110, Taiwan, R.O.C.
Contact Number: +(886) 2 2749 4420
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Manager: Jim Hill
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