The Social Security System (SSS) is advising its members applying for Taiwan working visas to apply for the Unified Multipurpose Identification System (UMID) cards directly at the SSS office in the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) for faster processing of their UMID cards.

The applicants, or the liaison officers of their respective recruitment agencies, can pick-up the UMID cards on the scheduled date of release as arranged by SSS POEA.

In lieu of the UMID Card, applicants for the Taiwan working visa may present either their SSS 2D Barcode (Biometric) ID Card or the SSS Certification of UMID Card Production, but this is only until May 15, 2016.

Although, the release of UMID cards will resume in the second week of May 2016, processing and release will be on a first-in first-out basis, hence the aforesaid advice for applicants of Taiwan working visas.

The special consideration is extended to Taiwan-bound workers since the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines has include the UMID Card as one of its requirements for the Taiwan working visa.

The processing time for UMID cards is expected to normalize by mid-August 2016. by then, it would only take a period of one month from date of UMID application to card delivery.

The temporary suspension of card production is due to the upgrade in materials used. The new UMID cards are intented to remain durable for up to 10 years under normal conditions, as compared with only five years usuing the previous materials.

For queries, members may visit any SSS branch, call the SSS hotline at 920-6446 to 55, or email member_relations@sss.gov.ph.