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RESIDENT VISAS FOR FOREIGN SPOUSES OF R.O.C.(TAIWAN) CITIZENS WITHOUT HOUSEHOLD REGISTRATION, FOREIGNERS, HONG KONG RESIDENTS, MACAU RESIDENTS, OR MAINLAND CHINESE CITIZENS

RESIDENT VISAS FOR FOREIGN SPOUSES OF R.O.C.(TAIWAN) CITIZENS WITHOUT HOUSEHOLD REGISTRATION, FOREIGNERS, HONG KONG RESIDENTS, MACAU RESIDENTS, OR MAINLAND CHINAESE CITIZENS

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.

3. Applicants of the following categories are not required to present the health certificate:

a. minors under age 6;

b. both the visa applicant and the family member(s) currently investing or employed as white collar worker(s) in the R.O.C. (Taiwan), whom the applicant intends to join with, are from countries whose citizens are eligible for visa-waiver entry into the R.O.C. (Taiwan).

5. Original and one photocopy of Certificate of Residence in the R.O.C., Alien Permanent  Residence Certificate, Alien Residence Certificate, or various kinds of residence permits issued by the National Immigration Agency

The Alien Residence Certificate and residence permits must be valid for more than 6 months.

6. Original and one photocopy of proof of marriage

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 must be authenticated by an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission.

7. 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 must apply for a Resident Visa 7 work days before the duration of stay expires.  The applicants may, without leaving 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. 

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 ROC (Taiwan) overseas mission.   

4. For visa application fees, please refer to “Standard Fees for R.O.C. (Taiwan) Visas in 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 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 the R.O.C.

4. MOFA -Ministry of Foreign Affairs