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Overseas Compatriot Students

What relevant procedures shall overseas students follow during their residence in Taiwan?How to apply for ARC extension?

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  • Post Date: 08/04/2011

National Immigration Agency/Ministry of the Interior:

  1. Overseas compatriot students entering Taiwan on foreign passports:
    1. In principle, before they complete the enrollment procedure, overseas compatriot students entering Taiwan on resident visas are allowed to stay until September 30 of the same year. The stay will be extended to September 30 the following year after the enrollment procedure is completed. These students are required to pay the resident certificate fee for two years. Those completing the enrollment procedure but unwilling to pay for the fee for the second year may stay for a full year. However, they will have to follow the procedure required for the first entry once more when applying for extension of stay.
    2. The Alien Resident Certificate for overseas compatriot students is valid for one year. One month prior to its expiration, overseas compatriot students must submit all required documents and apply to the local NIA service center for extension of stay. Overseas compatriot students may apply for the Alien Resident Certificate or extension of stay on their own or have it done by an agent or through the school collectively. Schools are advised to contact the local NIA service center before applying for Alien Resident Certificates or extension of stay collectively.

  2. Overseas compatriot students entering Taiwan on ROC passports:
    After entering the country and completing the enrollment procedure, those holding ROC passports may submit all required documents and apply to the local NIA service center for resident certificates, which are valid for three years. When the certificate expires and the cause of stay still exists, these students may submit documents issued by their schools and apply to the local NIA service center for extension of stay one month before the certificate expires.