Visa Related Information

Overseas Chinese Residence Information

Upon arrival, Overseas Chinese students should apply for residence in accordance to the “Immigration Act”, the “Enforcement Rules of the Immigration Act” and “Regulations Governing Visiting, Residence, and Permanent Residence of Aliens” of Taiwan. Please choose one of the methods below as best fits your status:

I. For those holding a Republic of China (ROC) passport or an entry permit and are registered as residents in Taiwan, apply for “Residence Restoration, apply for ROC Identification”, application methods are as below:

i. Application Process:
Within 30 days of entering the country–>Apply for residence at the Household Registration Offices–>Apply for and receive a ROC ID card.
ii. Required Documentation:

a Valid Republic of China passport stamped upon entry or entry permit
b One photograph (fulfilling dimensions of the Republic of China’s ID card photograph standards)
c Original copy of household registry or recent proof of house tax payment
d Previously held identification of the Republic of China.

 

II. For those holding a Republic of China passport or an entry permit but not registered as residents in Taiwan, apply for “Resident certificate for the Taiwan area”, application process and required documentation are as below:
i. Application Process:
Within 15 days of entry, apply at the National Immigration Agency, Ministry of the Interior “Resident certificate for the Taiwan area”
ii. Required Documentation:

a Residence Application Form
b Identification from current country of residence
c Adequate proof of Republic of China citizenship.
d Police Criminal Records Certificate from current country of residence (applicants under the age of 20 need not show certificate if none are given)
e A satisfactory health examination report
f Entry Permit
g A 1,000 NT application fee for the National Immigration Agency
h One photograph (fulfilling dimensions of the Republic of China’s passport photograph standards, two inches, white background, emphasis on the head)
i Copy of Placement Certificate

iii. Upon arrival, contact the Office of International Affairs and apply for residence at the National Immigrations Agency before visa expiration.

III. Those who held a foreign passport under Visitor Status or with a Residence Visa should apply for Alien Resident Certification (ARC), application process and required documentation are as below:
i. Those who held visitor visa status to enter should change their status from “visitor” to “resident” first and then apply for ARC later:

a Application Process:
Before visa expiration–>with university official letter → apply for residence visa from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs → Apply ARC from an National Immigration Agency County Service Station within 15 days
b Required Documentation:

1. Visa Application
2. Passport and one copy of the passport
3. Placement Certificate issued by the Overseas Community Affairs Council, Student ID or proof of enrollment.
4. A satisfactory health examination report and one copy.
5. Foreigner Residence (or Visitor) application form.
6. Application fee for Office of International Affairs of 3,000 NT, processing fee of 5,000 NT (for Americans only), and a processing fee of 500 NT for the Immigration Office.
7. (G) Four copies of the most recent 2” x 2” uncovered photo (taken within six months 2” x 2” color photo—white background).

c Before visa expiration, apply for an official letter from the Office of Academic Counseling, and take the letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Immigration Agency to apply.

ii. Those who entered Taiwan on a Residence Visa can directly apply for an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC):

a Application Process:
Within 15 days of arrival–>with the placement Certificte or student ID as well as a university approval letter (original copy, another copy is to be sent to Overseas Community Affairs Council)–>National Immigration Agency’s counties (cities) Service Station for residence registration.
b Required Documents:

1. Foreigner Residence (or Visitor) application form.
2. Copies of basic information page of passport and residence visa. Passport will be returned after examination.
3. Placement Certificate issued by the Overseas Community Affairs Council, Student ID or proof of enrollment.
4. Processing fee of 500 NT for the Immigration Office.
5. One copy of the most recently taken 2” x 2” uncovered photo
(Requirements for the photograph: Taken within six months, colored 4.5cm X 3.5cm with an image of the head that should not be shorter than 3.2cm or longer than 3.6cm from the top of the head to the chin, without wearing a hat or a pair of colored glasses, with clear facial features not covered and identifiable, facing front, with a white background, and should not be modified or composed.)

c The day after arrival, visit our International Office to apply for documentation and then to go to the National Immigration Agency to apply.

iii. For those overseas Chinese holding foreign passports, and not placed by the Overseas Community Affairs Council and came to Taiwan on their own volition to study, then they are to secure their own sponsors and head directly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bureau of Consular Affairs to apply for a Residence Visa, and then apply for an Alien Resident Certificate at the National Immigration Office.
iv. “Alien Resident Certificates” are valid for a year by default; in order to renew their ARC, certificate holders are required to head to a National Immigration Agency County Service Station for renewal a month before the certificate expires, if the ARC is allowed to expire, then aside from standard fines, holders are also subject to additional fines from the unified standard table as listed below:
※Foreigners, regardless of visitor or residence status, have penalties as listed below:

(1) For 10 days past expiration date or below, a fine of 2,000 NT
(2) For 11-30 days past expiration date, a fine of 4,000 NT
(3) For 31-60 days past expiration date, a fine of 6,000 NT
(4) For 61-90 days past expiration date, a fine of 8,000 NT
(5) For a fine of over 91 days, a fine of 10,000 NT
(After paying the fine, violators have seven days to leave the country)

IV. Students placed by National Taiwan Normal University Division of Preparatory Programs for Overseas Chinese Students
i. Taiwan residence permit holders should go to a National Immigration Agency’s Counties (Cities) Service Station for residence registration extension and inform the National Immigration Agency within 15 days of the change of address. The following documents are required:
a Residence certificate or off-campus housing lease and utilities.
b Residence Certificate for the Taiwan Area.
c Student ID.

ii. (2) ARC holders: head to National Immigration Agency’s Counties (Cities) Service Station for residence registration extension and inform the National Immigration Agency within 15 days of the change of address. The following documents are required:

a Multi-purpose application form for foreign students.
b Passport and ARC examination.
c Student ID or Enrollment Certificate.
d Any changes in residence address needs to be attached to the residence certificate or off-campus housing lease and utilities.
e Processing fee of 500 NT for the Immigration Office.
f One copy of the most recently taken 2” x 2” uncovered photo (following regulatory requirements)

※South Taiwan Branch Office of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs: contact the Office of the Republic of China for passport and residence visa-related business.

Address: 2F, No. 436, Chenggong 1st Rd., Qianjing Dist., Kaohsiung City 80143
TEL:(07) 211- 0605
FAX:(07) 211- 0704
Emergency contact numbers: (03)3982629、(03)3834849、(03)3932628

※Service Station, the National Immigration Agency, Ministry of the Interior: Processing ARC and ARC holders’ immigration-related business.
1. Kaohsiung Service Station 1
Add.: No. 436, Chenggong 1st Rd., Qianjin Dist., Kaohsiung City
TEL: Phone: 07-2821400 (Enquiry Line) 07-2213478
2. Kaohsiung Service Station 2
Add.: No. 115, Gangshan Rd., Gangshan Dist., Kaohsiung City
TEL: 07-6212143、07-6236294、07-6218074、07-6218804、07-6211446

※ Center for Disease Control Ministry of Health and Welfare: Contact designated hospitals for health checks
Website: http://ppt.cc/9f~7

Entry-Exit Matters for Overseas Chinese Students

I. How to process Entry-Exit matters

i. Winter and summer break or special cases of leaving the country: During winter or summer breaks or other special cases, Overseas Chinese students need to apply for a formal letter from the university and head to the National Immigration Agency to apply for an exit permit. The University’s formal letters for summer and winter breaks are issued two weeks before final exams (to be determined by announced date); those who wish to study abroad to a third country due to unusual circumstances in the middle of a semester are required to attach a letter or telex from their home.

  • Application Procedure:
    To apply for the university’s formal letter from the Office of Academic Counseling or to have the university’s official seal with one’s passport and residence permit in hand–>apply to the National Immigration Agency (those who registered their household in Kaohsiung need to apply at the Kaohsiung services station).

ii. Leave of absence, withdrawal and graduation

a ROC ID holders: when leaving as a result of a leave of absence, withdrawal or graduation and returning to their homes, students are to contact the National Immigration Agency.

  • Application Procedure:
    With proof of a leave of absence, withdrawal (required to bring entire transcript) or diploma–>head to the National Immigration Agency.

b Holders of Resident Certificate for the Taiwan Area after 1997 (Hong Kong) or 1999 (Macau): when leaving as a result of a leave of absence, withdrawal or graduation and returning to their homes, students are to contact the National Immigration Agency.

  • Application Procedure:
    With proof of a leave of absence, withdrawal (required to bring entire transcript) or diploma–>head to the National Immigration Agency.

c ARC holders: when leaving as a result of a leave of absence, withdrawal or graduation and returning to their homes, ARC holders are not required to go through exit procedures; they may exit directly as long as they do so before their residence permit expires. Their residence permit will be retrieved by the customs officials upon passing through customs.

II. What permits for entrance or exit are required:

i. ROC ID holders (draftees): fill in the draftee absentee application form (this may be obtained from the National Immigration Agency or the Office of Academic Counseling).
ii. Taiwan residence permit holders: Fill the entry and exit ROC Taiwan application form (obtainable from the National Immigration Agency or Office of Academic Counseling).
iii. ARC holders: Fill foreigner residence (visit) Application Form. It can be obtained from the National Immigration Agency or International Office and is available for downloading.

Web address: http://www.immigration.gov.tw/public/Data/01211437671.doc

※The Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) handles the relevant business of overseas Chinese students.
Add.: 3F No. 5, Xuzhou Road Taipei City
TEL: (02)23272646(Enrollment, Verification)
(02)23272816(Draftee),(02)23272819(Overseas Chinese Technical Training Program)

III. Services free of charge
i. ID holders: required to head to the National Immigration Agency.
ii. Residence permit holders:
Hong Konger and Macanese students pay 600 NT (those who only go abroad or into the country NT$150). Other area’s student NT$300(those who only go abroad or into the country NT$150)
iii. ARC holders: required (free of charge) to apply for residency from local Immigration Agency

IV. Other important notes:

i. Overseas Chinese students graduating, dropping out or having their leaves of absence expiring, and do not continue to their study, will have their Overseas Chinese status suspended. Overseas Chinese students who have suspended their status can restore their status if they wish to continue their studies after the transfer or return to the university.

  • ARC holders are required (free of charge) to apply for residence from their local Immigration Agency

ii. During winter and summer breaks, overseas Chinese students wishing to visit relatives or applying for reentry because of the special incident, should seek help from the National Immigration Agency via the university.

iii. Overseas Chinese graduating students who wish to invite parents and friends to come to Taiwan to attend the graduation ceremony can apply for entry permits from the International Office (about the end of March till early April to apply)