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Visa/ARC

Visa
Foreign students enrolling in degree programs at NCCU should apply for resident visas with the purpose of study through Taiwan Overseas Representative Offices in order to enter Taiwan  (Resident Visa: foreign nationals who intent to stay in Taiwan for more than 180 days should apply for resident visas).

Foreign students entering Taiwan with the visitor visa (purpose of study) have to apply for the resident visa (purpose of study) at Bureau of Consular Affairs before the visitor visa expires.

For detailed information of visa application, please contact Taiwan Overseas Representative Offices or Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Required application documents

  1. Original passport and the photocopy (the passport must be valid for at least 6 months and there are blank pages left in the passport)
  2. Signed application form (fill out the application online at https://visawebapp.boca.gov.tw/ and print the form with the barcode on it)
  3. Two color passport-size photos with a white background taken within 6 months
  4. Original NCCU Acceptance Letter and Admission Notice and the photocopies.
  5. The highest education diploma and transcripts which are verified by the Taiwan Overseas Representative Offices in the country of the original schools. If the original documents are not in Chinese or English, the Chinese or the English are required and the translated documents are required to be verified by Taiwan Overseas Representative Offices.
  6. Proof of financial statement; documents from other countries must be authenticated by the Taiwan Overseas Representative Office.
  7. Original health certificate and the photocopy (issued within 3 months). The health certificate should be issued by one of local hospitals designated by the Centers for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (Taiwan) or a foreign hospital. The health certificate issued by a foreign hospital must be either in English or Chinese and has to be verified by the Taiwan Overseas Representative Office. For details, please visit the BOCA website.
  8. Supporting documents such as the purpose of visiting Taiwan, parental consent, letter of guarantee by references in Taiwan, consent from the guardians in Taiwan or proof of no-criminal record may be required on a case-by-case basis. 

Notice

  1. Visa issuance is an act of sovereignty.  According to the “Statute Governing Issuance of R.O.C. Visas in Foreign Passport” and “Enforcement Rules for the Issuance of R.O.C. Visas to Foreign-Passport Holders,” the R.O.C. reserves the right not to issue a visa and is under no obligation to disclose the reason. Application fee for no-issuance cases is non-refundable.
  2. Processing of Resident Visa application inside the R.O.C. (Taiwan) takes 7 work days.  Resident Visa applicants are advised to apply to the Bureau of Consular Affairs 7 work days before the duration of stay expires.  Application will be turned down and fee not refunded in the event that required documents are not submitted in full within 7 days after the applicant is informed by the Bureau of Consular Affairs. 
  3. For visa application fees, please refer to “Standard Fees for R.O.C.(Taiwan) Visas in Foreign Passports”.
  4. Those who enter the R.O.C. (Taiwan) without a visa or with a landing visa and those who enter the R.O.C. (Taiwan) on a Visitor Visa not for the purpose of undertaking studies may not apply for a Resident Visa or an extension of duration of stay on the ground of undertaking studies.  Those not enrolled as full-time students may not apply for a Resident Visa on the ground of undertaking studies.
  5. Obtaining a school admission permit does not guarantee the issuance of a Resident Visa.  Obtaining a Resident Visa does not entitle the visa holder to enter the R.O.C. (Taiwan).

Alien Resident Certificate(ARC)

Starting from August 1 2021,  Taiwan's National Immigration Agency (NIA) would cancel counter services related to foreign nationals' alien resident certificates (ARC) . International Students are required to access various services online including first-time application and extension.  

Foreigners holding resident visa or changing to resident visa in Taiwan should go to the service center of National Immigration Agency in your local residence to apply for Alien Resident Certificates within 30* days counted from the next day of arrival or the next day of receiving resident visa in Taiwan. The late application will lead to the penalty fine of NT$2,000-10,000. For detailed information of ARC application, please contact the Service center of the National Immigration Office in your local residence.

*extended from 15 days as temporary measure due to Covid-19 pandemic

Required application documents

  1. Application form
  2. Original passport as well as resident visa and the photocopies
  3. The photocopy of the student card with the registration stamp (You may apply for it at the Registration Office with your tuition receipt after the registration fees are paid.) or NCCU Enrollment Certificate downloaded from your iNCCU.
  4. One color photo (4.5cm X 3.5cm) with a white background taken within 6 months

Online Application
The National Immigration Agency (NIA) encourages foreign students to utilize the “Students Online Application System” as it allows foreign students to apply for an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) conveniently after they have arrived in Taiwan. We provide you the application's step-by-step guidance to help you with the procedures.

If you have any questions regarding “Students Online Application System”, call the NIA customer service center (02-2796-7162) . Detailed contact information can be found on the NIA website.

Application Fees

The application fees for getting an Alien Resident Certificate differ for the amount of years you apply. 

  • 1 year: NTD$1,000
  • 2 years: NTD$2,000
  • 3 years: NTD$3,000

FAQ

Q1: How long does it take for the whole procedure?

A1: The ARC application will take around 10 working days (ARC can be picked up with the application fee receipt)

Q2: What should I do if I change my residence address or employer?

A2: If you change your residence address or employer, you have to register the change with related documents at the service center of the National Immigration Agency in your local residence within 15 days.

Q3: What should I do if my ARC is expiring soon?

A3: If you will continue your enrollment at NCCU, you shall apply for an extension within 30 days before your period of residency expire

Q4: What should I do if I overstay?      

A4: Overstay within 30 days (30th day excluded) but still enrolled: pay the fine and the application fee for the ARC extension. Overstay more than 30 days (30th day included) and still enrolled: pay the fine and leave the country in 7 days to apply for a new visa to re-enter Taiwan.

Overstay fine:

         1-10 days: NTD$2,000

        11-30 days: NTD$4,000

        31-60 days: NTD$6,000

        61-90 days: NTD$8,000

        over 91days: NTD$10,000

Q5: What should I do if I want to leave Taiwan during my enrollment period?

A5: If you plan to leave Taiwan during the enrollment period, please make sure before your departure that your ARC will still be valid when you return to Taiwan. If necessary, please renew your ARC at the service center of the National Immigration Agency in your local residence.

Q6: What should I do if I want to leave the school?

A6: If you apply to leave the school (suspension, withdrawal, and graduation), your ARC with the purpose of study will become invalid  after you complete the related school-leaving procedure. You shall return the ARC to the service center of the National Immigration Agency in your local residence and leave Taiwan within the prescribed period. If you would like to return to NCCU after the suspension is over, you will need to re-apply a new visa to enter Taiwan.

Q7: What should I do if I lose or damage my ARC?

A7: If your ARC is damaged, you will need to request ARC renewal due to the loss or damage and must pay NT$500 for the renewal process.

Extend ARC After Graduation

NCCU will report your graduation to the Immigration Agency in around two weeks after issuing your diploma. The Immigration Agency will invalidate your ARC after receivng NCCU's student graduation notice. if you receive your diploma and plan to leave Taiwan within 14 days, you do NOT need to extend your ARC. If you plan to stay in Taiwan after your graduation, you are advised to first apply for ARC extension at the Immigration Agency. You may use "Seeking for a Job" as the reason. The maximum extension period under "Seeking for a Job" is 1 year.  Each application for an extension under "Seeking for a Job" is only for 6 months. Before the end of your first 6 months, you need to apply for another six months extension. The total extension period is 1 year. Please note that you can not extend ARC online after graduation. You need to visit the service center of the National Immigration Agency in your local residence to apply for exntension. 

Required Documents:

  1. Application Form
  2. One 3.5 cm x 4.5 color photo 
  3. Passport (Original & Photocopy)
  4. ARC (Original & Photocopy)
  5. Diploma (Original & Photocopy)
  6. Lease contract (Original & Photocopy)
  7. Fee: NT$ 1,000

Please be reminded that you are NOT allowed to work within ARC "Seeking a Job" extension period. On the day you complete school leaving procedure, your studen work permit automatically expire. That measn you DO NOT have a work permit during this period. Thus, you are not allowed to work until you get a work permit for foreign professional worker.