Resident Visas for Religious Work
- Data Source：Bureau Of Consular Affairs
|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.|
|Two color passport-size photos||Paste on the application form two color passport-size photos with a white background taken within 6 months.|
|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.|
|Original and one photocopy of health certificate||
|One photocopy of the certificate of registration of the inviting religious organization or corporation||
Religious organizations refer to temples, churches or institutes which are legally registered in the R.O.C. (Taiwan).
|Original and one photocopy of letter of invitation||
The letter of invitation should be issued by the inviting religious organization, with person-in-charge’s signature and the organization’s seal, and contain the following:
|Original and one photocopy of the applicant’s certificate in religious work||
|Original and one photocopy of the applicant’s credentials||
The credentials should be issued by the religious organization to which the applicant belongs, signed by the person-in-charge, and contain the following:
|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.|
Applicants outside of the R.O.C. (Taiwan): 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. The religious organization in the R.O.C. (Taiwan) that invites the applicant should submit to the Bureau of Consular Affairs or mail to the Visa Division of the Bureau the following: Visa Application Number provided by the R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission, other required documents, and Notification of Review to the Letter of Guarantee for Visa Application to the R.O.C. If deemed necessary, an Original Letter of Guarantee for Visa Application to the R.O.C. will be required.
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.
- 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; if produced in Mainland China must be authenticated by Straits Exchange Foundation. 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 accompanying Chinese- or English-translation version must be authenticated by an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission or attested by District Court or Notary Public. 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.
For visa application fees, please refer to “Standard Fees for R.O.C. (Taiwan) Visas in Foreign Passports”(pdf file).
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 doing religious work may not apply for a Resident Visa or an extension of duration of stay on the ground of religious work.
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.
- BOCA - Bureau of Consular Affairs
- R.O.C. - Republic of China
- 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.
- MOFA -Ministry of Foreign Affairs