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Resident Visa or ARC

The lastest News from MOFA in response to COVID-19 (update on 7/17):
Due to the impact that COVID-19 border control measures and flight bans have had on foreign visitors to Taiwan, MOFA announced the first automatic 30-day visa extension on March 21, the second on April 17, and the third on May 18, and the fourth on June 15.

Although there are signs that the pandemic is abating, most global travel restrictions have yet to be lifted. In light of these conditions, MOFA announces that all travelers who entered Taiwan on or before March 21, 2020, on a visitor visa, a landing visa, or through a visa-waiver program and who have not overstayed their legal stay period will now be granted a fifth automatic 30-day extension. The duration of stay has thus been extended to 150 days in total). No application is required. The total period of stay cannot exceed 180 days. (The day after the entry date will be counted as the first day of stay). This will be the final automatic extension by MOFA. Foreign nationals concerned are therefore advised to begin making travel preparetions. 


Resident Visa      l       ARC        l     Extension of ARC
 
  • Students study in Taiwan will need a valid Visitor Visa or Resident Visa, and for someone who is planning to stay over 6 month, need to apply for a ARC (But need to have Resident Visa first). 
  • In case you come from Visa-exempt countries whose in which its citizens are allowed to stay 6 month legally. But if you planning to stay over 6 months, we still recommended you apply for the Resident Visa. Otherwise you may need to leave Taiwan or be required to go through the application procedures again before you are allowed to qpply for ARC. 
  • Students outside of Taiwan who meet the requirement for student's Resident Visa are advised to apply for the Resident Visa from Taiwan overseas Embassies and Missions.
  • Applications who enter Taiwan on a Visitor Visa which qualifies for the Resident Visa, must need to apply for a Resident Visa 8 working days before the duration of expires.                                  

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Before Arrival
Resident Visa for Foreign Students: https://www.boca.gov.tw/cp-166-283-c4da3-2.html


Upon Arrival
If you are granted a Visitor Visa...
 
If you are granted a Resident Visa...
 
Visitor Visa Resident Visa
Visitor Visa holders must change to Resident Visa before it expires.

 
  1. Required documents
。One application form and 2 photos
。Passport (Original & photocopy)
。Admission Letter & Student ID
。Medical Certificate issued within last 3 months (Please go to the approved hospitals.)
  1. Location: Bureau of Consular Affairs
  2. Application Fee: NT 3,000
 
Resident Visa ARC(Online procedure)
Resident Visa holders must apply for Alien Resident Certificates (ARC) within 15 days after receiving Resident Visa.

 
  1. Required documents
。 Online 1 application form and 2 photos
。Passport & Resident Visa (original & photocopy)
。Admission Letter
  1. Application Fee: NT 1,000
  2. Location: National Immigration Agency
        4. Submit one photocopy of ARC to the OIA.
Resident Visa ARC(Online)
Resident Visa holders must apply for Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) within 15 days after arrival.

 
  1. Required documents
。Online 1 application form and 2 photos
。Passport & Resident Visa (original & photocopy)
。Admission Letter
。Enrolment Certificate or Student ID with registration stamp
。Accommodation Certificate
  1. Application Fee: NT 1,000
  2. Location: National Immigration Agency
  3. Submit one photocopy of ARC to the OIA.


Visa Information
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