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RESIDENT VISAS FOR STUDYING RELIGIOUS DOCTRINE

RESIDENT VISAS FOR STUDYING RELIGIOUS DOCTRINE

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. One photocopy of the certificate of approval issued by competent authorities

The religious organization or its affiliated religious doctrine study institute which invites the applicant should, following the instruction of the “Essential Notices Regarding Religious Group Applying Visa for Foreign National to Study Religious Doctrine in Taiwan,” apply to the competent authority that handles the registration of the inviting organization or institute for the certificate of approval.  Depending on where the registration is made, the competent authority can be the Ministry of the Interior, Special Municipalities or city/county governments.    

6. 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

Applicants should apply to an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission located in the applicant’s country, place of permanent residence, or the R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission with consular jurisdiction over the applicant’s country or place of permanent residence.

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. 

3. Original documents are to be returned after review. Documents produced outside of the R.O.C. (Taiwan) must be authenticated by an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission.  Documents that are in languages other than Chinese or English must be accompanied by a Chinese- or English-translation version.  The original-language documents and the ompanying Chinese- or English-translation version must be authenticated by an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission.  Application forms may be downloaded from the website of the Bureau of Consular Affairs or are available at the Bureau, its branch offices in Taiwan, or R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas missions.

4. For visa application fees, please refer to “Standard Fees for R.O.C. (Taiwan) Visas in Foreign Passports”(pdf file).  For applicants who enter the R.O.C. (Taiwan) on a Visitor Visa and apply for a Resident Visa, an additional fee of 800 NTD (24 USD) will apply.

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 studying religious doctrine may not apply for a Resident Visa or an extension of duration of stay on the ground of studying religious doctrine.  Those who stay in the R.O.C. (Taiwan) on a Resident Visa not for the purpose of studying religious doctrine and wish to convert to a Resident Visa for the purpose of studying religious doctrine are required to leave Taiwan and apply to an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission. 

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