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RESIDENT VISAS FOR OVERSEAS CHINESE STUDENTS

RESIDENT VISAS FOR OVERSEAS CHINESE STUDENTS

REQUIREMENTS

DESCRIPTION

OVERSEAS CHINESE STUDENTS WHO, WHILE STILL REMAINING OUTSIDE OF THE R.O.C. (TAIWAN), ARE JOINTLY ASSIGNED TO UNIVERSITIES/COLLEGES, VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS OR HIGH SCHOOLS AND BELOW BY THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION OR THE UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE COMMITTEE FOR OVERSEAS CHINESE STUDENTS

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 thelist of designated local hospitals.

5. Original and one photocopy of notice of assignment

1. Applicants must be determined by the Overseas Community Affairs Council as qualified overseas Chinese students, and are assigned to local schools by the Ministry of Education or the University Entrance Committee for Overseas Chinese Students in accordance with the “Regulations Regarding Study and Counseling Assistance for Overseas Chinese Students in Taiwan.”

2. The notice of assignment must be issued by the Ministry of Education or the University Entrance Committee for Overseas Chinese Students.

3. Applicants who already study in the R.O.C. (Taiwan) and wish to apply for a Resident Visa must also present the record of enrollment and registration as well as transcripts.  Applicants who previously suspended their study and wish to resume study must present proof of both suspension and resumption of study.

6. Original and one photocopy of highest education diploma and transcripts

    

 Foreign diplomas and transcripts must be authenticated by an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission or an agency designated by the Overseas Community Affairs Council.  For diplomas and transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English, a Chinese- or English-translation version is also required.  The original-language diploma, transcripts, and accompanying Chinese- or English-translation must be authenticated by an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission or an agency designated by the Overseas Community Affairs Council.

7. Other supporting documents

Supporting documents such as proof of financial support, the purpose of visiting Taiwan, guarantee by references in Taiwan, parental consent or proof of no-criminal record may be required on a case-by-case basis.  Students 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.

OVERSEAS CHINESE STUDENTS WHO, AFTER HAVING ARRIVED IN THE R.O.C. (TAIWAN), ARE INDIVIDUALLY ASSIGNED TO HIGH SCHOOLS AND BELOW BY THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION OR COUNTY/CITY BUREAU OF EDUCATION

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.  Photocopies of the passport bio-page including the holder’s picture, current visa page and immigration entry stamp are 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).  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 letter of approval and notice of assignment  

1. Follow the “Regulations Regarding Study and Counseling Assistance for Overseas Chinese Students in Taiwan.”

2. Applicant qualification: Applicants who already stay in the R.O.C. (Taiwan) on an Alien Residence Certificate or enter the R.O.C. (Taiwan) on an extendable 60-day Visitor Visa for purposes other than pursuing studies, and are determined by the  Overseas Community Affairs Council as qualified overseas Chinese students and have been assigned to local high schools or vocational schools and below by the Ministry of Education or county/city Bureau of Education.

3. The letter of approval issued by the Overseas Community Affairs Council and the notice of assignment issued by the Ministry of Education or county/city Bureau of Education.

4. Applicants who already study in the R.O.C. (Taiwan) and wish to apply for a Resident Visa must also present the record of enrollment and registration as well as transcripts.  Applicants who previously suspended their study and wish to resume study must present proof of both suspension and resumption of study.

6. Original and one photocopy of record of enrollment and registration  

The record of enrollment and registration or student ID issued by the school the pplicant is studying at.  The back of student ID must show a school registration stamp.

7. Original and one photocopy of highest education diploma and transcripts

 Foreign diplomas and transcripts must be authenticated by an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission or an agency designated by the Overseas Community  Affairs Council. For diplomas and transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English, a Chinese- or English-translation version is also required.  The original-language diploma, transcripts, and accompanying Chinese- or English-translation must be  authenticated by an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission or an  agency designated by the Overseas Community  Affairs Council.

8. Original and one photocopy of letter of consent and Household Registration Certificate of the applicant’s guardian in the R.O.C. (Taiwan)

1. Applicant’s guardian in Taiwan must produce a letter of consent indicating his/her willingness to assume the responsibility of overseeing the applicant’s conduct.  The letter of consent must be notarized by a local district court of the R.O.C. (Taiwan).

2. The Household Registration Certificate must be issued within 3 months prior to the time of visa application.

9. Other supporting documents

Supporting documents such as proof of financial support, the purpose of visiting Taiwan, guarantee by references in Taiwan, parental consent or proof of no-criminal record may be required on a case-by-case basis.  Students 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.

OVERSEAS CHINESE STUDENTS WHO APPLY DIRECTLY TO UNIVERSITITES/COLLEGES ON THEIR OWN

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. For those who apply within Taiwan, a photocopy of current visa and immigration entry stamp is also 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).  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 admission permit

1. Follow the “Regulations Regarding Study and Counseling  Assistance for Overseas Chinese Students in Taiwan.”

2. Applicants may only apply to universities/colleges that are approved by the Ministry of Education to admit overseas Chinese students independently.

3. Applicant qualification: Overseas Chinese applicants are required to submit application documents directly to the qualified universities/colleges.  Application documents will be forwarded by the schools to the Overseas  Community Affairs Council.  The Council will reply to the applicants after confirming the applicants’ qualification.  

4. The admission permit must be issued by the admitting school.

5. Students who already study in the R.O.C. (Taiwan) and wish to apply for a Resident Visa must also present the record of enrollment and registration as well as transcripts.  Students who previously suspended their study and wish to resume study must present proof of both suspension and resumption of study.

6. Original and one photocopy of letter of approval

A letter of approval issued by the Overseas Community  Affairs Council confirming the applicant’s qualification as an overseas Chinese student.

7. Original and one photocopy of  highest education diploma and transcripts

Foreign diplomas and transcripts must be authenticated by an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission or an agency designated by the Overseas Community  Affairs Council.  For diplomas and transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English, a Chinese- or English-translation version is also required. The original-language diploma, transcripts, and accompanying Chinese- or English-translation must be authenticated by an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission or an agency designated by the Overseas Community  Affairs Council.

8. Other supporting documents

Supporting documents such as proof of financial support, the purpose of visiting Taiwan, guarantee by references in Taiwan, parental consent or proof of no-criminal record may be required on a case-by-case basis.  Students 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) who meet the requirements for Resident Visa application for the purpose of undertaking studies 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 which qualifies the applicants for Resident Visa application for the purpose of undertaking studies must apply for a Resident Visa 7 work days before the duration of stay expires. Applicants may 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 R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission or an agency designated by the Overseas Community Affairs Council .   

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 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 who not enrolled as full-time students may not apply for a Resident Visa on the ground of undertaking studies.

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.

7.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).

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