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RESIDENT VISAS FOR FOREIGN SPOUSES OF R.O.C.(TAIWAN) CITIZENS HAVING HOUSEHOLD REGISTRATION

RESIDENT VISAS FOR FOREIGN SPOUSES OF R.O.C.(TAIWAN) CITIZENS HAVING HOUSEHOLD REGISTRATION

REQUIREMENTS

DESCRIPTION

1. Application form

Go to website: https://visawebapp.boca.gov.tw/ .  Fill out the application form online and print it out.  Make sure the application form shows a bar code on it. Sign the application form. 

2. Two color passport-size photos

Paste on the application form two color passport-size photos with a white background taken within 6 months.

3. Passport and one photocopy of the passport

The passport must be valid for at least 6 months and there are blank pages left in it.  One photocopy of the passport bio-page including the holder’s picture is required.  

4. Original and one photocopy of health certificate

 

 

 

 

1. The health certificate should be issued within 3 months by one of the local hospitals designated by the Centers for Disease Control of Ministry of Health and Welfare of the R.O.C. (Taiwan) or a foreign hospital.  Health certificates issued by foreign hospitals must be authenticated by an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission.

2. Visit the website of the Centers for Disease Control at    http://www.cdc.gov.tw/english/index.aspx for health checkup items and the list of designated local hospitals.

5. Original and one photocopy of proof of no criminal record issued by competent authorities of the applicant’s country

1. Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by a Chinese- or English-translation version. Both the original-language documents and the accompanying Chinese- or English-translation version must be authenticated by an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission.

2. Documents should be issued within 1 year prior to the time of Resident Visa application.  If an expiration date is noted on the document, Resident Visa application must be submitted before the document expires.

6. Original and one photocopy of marriage registration issued by competent authorities of the  applicant’s country.

1. For countries which do not have marriage registration, original and one photocopy of the certificate of marriage are required.

2. Documents in languages other than Chinese or English must be accompanied by a Chinese- or English-translation version.  The original-language documents and the accompanying Chinese- or English-translation version must be authenticated by an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission.

7. Original R.O.C. (Taiwan) Household Registration certificate issued within 3 months

The Household Registration Certificate must show marriage registration, the foreign spouse’s name in his/her country’s native language and his/her nationality.

8. Other supporting documents

To be decided on a case-by-case basis.  Applicants who apply for a Resident Visa after having arrived in the R.O.C. (Taiwan) are required to present also one photocopy of the Visitor Visa and the immigration entry stamp.

Application Procedure

1. Applicants outside of the R.O.C. (Taiwan) are advised to apply for the visa from an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission.

2. Applicants who enter the R.O.C. (Taiwan) on a Visitor Visa with annotation 「TS」 may apply for a Resident Visa 7 work days before the duration of stay expires.  Applicants may, without having to leave Taiwan, apply to the Bureau of Consular Affairs or any of its Central, Southwestern, Southern, or Eastern Taiwan Offices.

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.  In the event that the applicant’s duration of stay expires while the Resident Visa is under processing and eventually rejected, the applicant is to assume the sole responsibility of overstay and the penalty therefore imposed.  For cases that require further verification, length of the processing of Resident Visa shall depend on the verification.

3. Original documents are to be returned after review.  Documents produced outside of the R.O.C. (Taiwan) and in languages other than Chinese or English must be accompanied by a Chinese- or English-translation version.  The original-language   documents and the accompanying Chinese- or English-translation version must be authenticated by an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission.   

4. For visa application fees, please refer to “Standard Fees for R.O.C. (Taiwan) Visasin Foreign Passports”(pdf file).

5. Those who enter the R.O.C. (Taiwan) without a visa or with a landing visa and those who currently stay in the R.O.C. (Taiwan) as blue-collar workers may not apply for a Resident Visa on the ground of joining R.O.C. (Taiwan) spouse.

6. Those who enter the R.O.C. (Taiwan) on a Resident Visa or get a Resident Visa after having arrived in the R.O.C. (Taiwan) must apply for an Alien Resident Certificate and Re-entry Permit at local service centers of National Immigration Agency. The former must apply within 15 days from the next day of arrival, and the latter must apply within 15 days from the Resident Visa issuance date. Duration of stay is noted on the Alien Resident Certificate.

ABBREVIATIONS:

1. BOCA - Bureau of Consular Affairs

2. R.O.C. - Republic of China

3. R.O.C. overseas missions- R.O.C. embassies, consulates and representative offices, or other agencies authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of R.O.C.

4. MOFA -Ministry of Foreign Affairs