To invest in domestic securities, onshore overseas Chinese and foreign nationals shall submit the relevant documents to a securities broker to carry out registration with the TWSE and obtain an identification number and submit the below-listed documents to the securities broker for purposes of opening an account for securities trading.
Offshore overseas Chinese and foreign nationals shall carry out registration with the TWSE through their designated domestic agent or representative and obtain an identification number and submit photocopies of the domestic agent or representative's national ID card or alien resident certificate or a photocopy of the documentary proof following company registration (or amendment registration) to the securities broker for purposes of opening an account for securities trading (provided, if such documents, for the same domestic agent or representative and having identical content, have already been submitted to and placed on file by the broker, they need not be resubmitted).
- Overseas Chinese and foreign natural persons: Alien Resident Certificate (or Overseas Compatriot Identity Certificate, or ROC passport with an Overseas Compatriot Identity Endorsement) and other identification with identifiable features (such as national health insurance card, passport, driver's license or student identity card etc.).
- Foreign institutional investor: Document evidencing company registration registered with the competent authority of the jurisdiction where it was incorporated, and National Identity Card (or Alien Resident Certificate or passport) of the responsible person.
If the domestic agent under this Article is a custodian institution approved by the Financial Supervisory Commission, and the custodian institution and the securities broker handling account opening both have network authentication mechanisms, the documents for account opening may be transmitted electronically to open the account.
If any of the circumstances in Article 11 of the Regulations Governing Investment in Securities by Overseas Chinese and Foreign Nationals is present with respect to a registration by an overseas Chinese or foreign national, the TWSE shall not carry out registration; if registration has already been performed, the registration shall be canceled, and the securities broker that has opened the account shall be notified that it may not accept purchase orders therefrom. However, this restriction shall not apply to a purchase made to return securities borrowed in a securities borrowing and lending transaction. After the balance of the account has been liquidated, the securities broker shall cancel the account.
The registration operations of this Article shall be handled pursuant to the Operation Directions for Registration Applications by Overseas Chinese, Foreign Nationals, and Mainland Area Investors to Invest in Domestic Securities or Engage in Domestic Futures Trading submitted by the TWSE to the Competent Authority for approval.