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Alien Resident Certificate Regulations

ARC Regulations

Index
  1. Residental Visa holders entering ROC -【Alien Resident Certificate】↗
  2. Hong Kong and Macao passport holders - 【Taiwan Resident Entry and Exit Permit】↗
  3. National without Household Registration (無戶籍國民 NWOHR) -【Taiwan Area Resident Certificate】↗
  4. Those who already are in hold of ARC when entering NTHU ↗
  5. Documents required for extension ↗
  6. Fine for Overstaying ↗
  7. Procedures for overseas Chinese students leaving Taiwan after graduation ↗
  8. Procedures for Overseas Chinese students to leave Taiwan after suspension or withdrawal from school ↗
  9. Further Information ↗
  1. Residental Visa holders entering ROC -【Alien Resident Certificate】

    1. ARC will be the official Proof of Legal Identity in ROC.
    2. Residental Visa holders are require to apply for ARC online within either of the following period:
      • The day after entering ROC
      • Within 15 days of the Visa's date of issue
    3. The holder must extend the ARC within 30 days before the date of expiry.
    4. If one's ARC is overdue abroad, the holder should apply for Visa abroad and enter the country, then go to the service station to re-apply for the residence permit. The holder will be fined for the overdue residence permit and will be required to apply for a subsequent residence permit.
    5. If the ARC is lost, please bring along the application form , passport , photo , certificate of student status , and proof of report or declaration of Loss of Residence Permit to the immigration agency, and apply for a replacement.
    6. For Hong Kong and Macao Chinese students holding foreign passpost(s), please follow the foreign students' application procedure.
    7. If there is a change of residence address or passport, the holder should register within 15 days of the incident.

Documents required for ARC application

Required documents Validity Length
  1. Application Form
  2. Passport and Resident VISA (Original and Photocopy)
  3. Proof of registration from an approved university (First-timer must provide Admission Permit)(Original and Photocopy)
  4. Colored passport-size photos with white background taken within 6 months
  5. If you entrust others to send the documents on your behalf, a Letter of Attorney should be attached.
  6. Registration Fee: NT$500 (O.C. Student)
  7. Approval Days:10 working days
  8. Proof of current residence (Eg. Lease Contact)
1 Year
  1. Hong Kong and Macao passport holders - 【Taiwan Resident Entry and Exit Permit】

    1. Hong Kong and Macao student are required to apply for Taiwan Entry Permit before entering ROC. After completing a physical check-up, he/she are required to apply for Taiwan Resident Entry and Exit Permit.
    2. The holder must extend the ARC within 30 days before the date of expiry.

Documents required for Taiwan Entry/Exit certificate

Required documents Validity Length Extension Validity Validity - After Graduation and Job Hunting
  1. Application Form
  2. A colored 2" photo
  3. Passport and Permenant Identity Card
  4. Police Criminal Record Certificate in past five years (valid within 3 months). This is not required under 20 years old.
  5. Health Certificate for Residence Application
  6. Letter of acceptance or Letter of distribution from the University Entrance Committee for Oversea Chinese Student
  7. Certificate of Enrollment
  8. Conformation Letter of Identity
  9. Fee: NT$ 2600
  10. Approval Days: 5 Working days

3 Years (UG)

1 Years (PG)

1 Year 6 Months
+
6 Months

 

  1. National without Household Registration (無戶籍國民 NWOHR) -【Taiwan Area Resident Certificate】

    1. NWOHR should prepare the documents at one's country of residence, and enter ROC with an entry permit for studying. Then apply for Taiwan Area Resident Certificate (TARC) online after completing physical check-up.
    2. The holder must extend the ARC within 30 days before the date of expiry.

Documents required for【TARC】

Required Documents Validity Length
  1. Application Form
  2. Proof of Identity in one's country of residence
  3. ROC passoport or other proof of ROC identity
  4. Police Criminal Record Certificate from one's country of residence (with 6 months of validity). This is not required for under 20 years old.
  5. Health Certificate
  6. Certificate of Enrollment or Proof of Student Status
  7. Letter of acceptance or Letter of distribution from the University Entrance Committee for Oversea Chinese Student
  8. Valid Entry Permit (Applicants who have entered the country legally, perferably with a Taiwan passport)
  9. Passport-sized colored photo taken within a year
  10. If you entrust others to send the documents on your behalf, a Letter of Attorney should be attached.
  11. Application fee: NT$500
  12. Approval Days: 10 Working Days
  13. Proof of current residence (Eg. Lease Contact)
1 Year
  1. Those who already are in hold of ARC when entering NTHU

    For those who already are in hold of a valid ARC when entering NTHU, eg. From Division of Preparatory Programs, please follow the below procedure: -

    1. Change of current university and residental address:
      Please provide the student card, lease contact or proof of residency, ARC, photo, and other documents to the Division of General Student Affair for changing the informations within 15 days of changing.
    2. You will be charged a fine if the information is not changed after 15 days!
  2. Documents required for extension

ARC
  1. Application Form
  2. ARC (Original)
  3. 2" Photo taken within a year (Digital)
  4. Passport (Original)
  5. Proof of Student Status
  6. Letter of Attorney and Proof of Identity for trustee (If required)
  7. Fee: NT$500
Taiwan Area Entry/Exit Certificate
  1. Application Form
  2. Entry/Exit Certificate (Original)
  3. Proof of Student Status
  4. Letter of Attorney with signature and Proof of Identity for trustee (If required)
  5. Fee: NT$300
TARC
  1. Application Form
  2. TARC (Original)
  3. Proof of Student Status
  4. Letter of Attorney with signature and Proof of Identity for trustee (If required)
  5. Fee: NT$300
  1. Fine for Overstaying

Overstaying Duration Fine (NTD)
Under 10 days 2,000
11~30 Days 4,000
31~60 Days 6,000
61~90 Days 8,000
Above 91 days 10,000

Overseas Chinese students overstaying for 29 days or more will NOT be permitted to apply for a new ARC or extension.

Moreover, they have to pay the fine and emigrate from Taiwan for applying new visa for re‑entry, then re-apply for ARC after entering Taiwan.

  1. Procedures for overseas Chinese students leaving Taiwan after graduation

    • Overseas Chinese Student: After completing school leaving procedure, please proceed to the Immigration Agency for ARC cancellation and depart from Taiwan within 10 days. If you have special needs for staying in Taiwan, please apply for deferred departure at the Immigration Agency.
    • Hong Kong/Macau Student: After completing school leaving procedure, please proceed to the Immigration Agency for single exit permit, and depart from Taiwan within 10 days (return the ARC while applying for single exit permit). If you need to return to Hong Kong urgently, you could exit with current ARC, and return to the original Taiwan area resident and entry/exit certificate to the Hong Kong Taipei Economic and Cultural Office and forward it to the Immigration Agency for invalidation (bring along ARC, graduation certificate and statement of declaration). If you do not return your ARC after leaving the country, you will no longer be able to apply for a short stay permit or a tourist stay permit to enter Taiwan.
    • Graduated Overseas Chinese Students and Hong Kong/Macau students can apply for residence extension of employment with graduation certificate at the Immigration Agency
  2. Procedures for Overseas Chinese students to leave Taiwan after suspension or withdrawal from school

    • Overseas Chinese Student:Depart within 10 days after completion of suspension or withdrawal procedure
    • Hong Kong/Macau Student:Depart within 10 days after completion of single exit permit application at the Immigration Agency. (30 days during Covid-19 pandemic)
  3. Further Information

    For more details, please contact the Ministry of the Interior of the National Immigration Agency

    1. Website: http://www.immigration.gov.tw/
    2. Online Application System: https://coa.immigration.gov.tw/coa-frontend/student/entry
    3. Address: 1, No. 12號, Section 3, Zhonghua Road, North District, Hsinchu City - National Immigration Agency (Hsinchu City Service Station)
    4. Service Time: Monday to Friday 08:00-17:00
    5. Telephone No.: 03-524-3517

    Documents required for Residence Permit 🗗

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    Immigration Agency Application Information and Forms

    Online Application System for Foreign Students

    - Starting August 1st 2021, only online applications will be accepted by the agency

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