Before You Arrive - Visa & ARC

ROC Number |  ▶Visitor Visa Extension  |  ▶Change Visitor Visa to Resident Visa  |  ▶Resident Visa  |  ▶ARC  |  ▶Taiwan Entry Permit

ROC United ID Number

For those without ARC but need to open a bank account, declare income taxes return, or apply for a driver's license, one has to have a ROC ID number.
If applicants possessed a residence permit or have applied for this number before, please inform the coordinator of the National Immigration Agency.

Required documents:
  • An application form
  • The original and one photocopy of the passport, including visa.

Application fee: free
Processing time: about an hour

 

Visitor Visa Extension

The applicant can apply for an extension within 15 days prior to the expiration of a visitor visa.
Please check the National Immigration Agency website to find out more information.

Restrictions:
(a) The duration of each such extension shall not be longer than that of the original visa.
(b) The holder of a visitor visa may not exceed staying six months of aggregate time in the country.
(c) It shall be extended only twice and the period of extension shall not be longer than 60 days.

Required documents:
  • An application form.
  • The original and one photocopy of the passport with the visitor visa.
  • In accordance with the specific situation, the following documents may be required:
    (a) Chinese language training certificate:
     - An enrollment certificate or class schedule from an approved public or private language center or university.
     - Attendance record (except the first extension)
    (b) Other: an approval letter from an authorized government agency. 

Change Visitor Visa to Resident Visa

Should an alien with Visitor Visa stay in Taiwan for more than 180 days, he/she shall exchange his/her Visitor Visa with Resident Visa at the Bureau of Consular Affairs, MOFA. After obtaining the Resident Visa, he/she needs to apply for ARC at the National Immigration Agency within 15 days
Please check the National Immigration Agency website to find out more information.

Required documents:
  • Application Form
  • Original and copy of passport
  • Original and copy of Visitor Visa
  • Health examination report conducted within 3 months
  • Proof of current residence
  • Original and copies of relevant supporting documents for the reasons of the application

Application fee: NT$3,200


Resident Visa

An Alien who enters the country on resident visa or on exchangeable visa shall apply for an “Alien Resident Certificate (ARC)” and the re-entry permit at the Taichung City Branch, National Immigration Agency, MOI within 15 days from the next day of the arrival date. The permitted duration is based on the date indicated on the ARC.


Alien Resident Certificate (ARC)

Each alien who intends to reside for more than 180 days shall apply for an Alien Resident Certificate at the Bureau of Consular Affairs, MOFA.
Please check the National Immigration Agency website to find out more information.

Required documents:
  • An application form.
  • A two-inch half-length photo with cap off within one year. The photo shall be a color glossy photo with white background without headgear or sunglasses.
  • Passport and a photocopy of the passport, including the resident visa.
  • Original and photocopy of the supporting documents for the reasons of application of the resident visa: Employees must attach the approval letter of the authority in charge of the business concerned and the certificate of employment issued within a month.

Application fee: NT$1,000 (one year) / NT$2,000 (two years)
Process time: 10 workdays

 

Taiwan Entry Permit

Hong Kong, Macau or Chinese Residents shall hold a vlid Taiwan Entry Permit to enter Taiwan. 
Information before you start your application

 

Taichung City First Service Center, National Immigration Agency
1F., No.22, Wenxin S. 3rd Rd., Nantun Dist., Taichung City, Taiwan.
Tel:04-2472-5103
Fax:04-2472-5017
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Bureau of Consular Affairs
1F., No. 503, Section 2, Liming Rd, Taichung City, Taiwan.
Tel: 04-2251-0799
Fax: 04-2251-0700
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