Home / Articles / ARC Application

ARC Application

ARC (Alien Resident Certificate)
For first time ARC application - 4 Steps
For ARC transfer ( from present school to another school ) - 3 Steps
For person who marry a Taiwanese spouse - 4 Steps
Hospital for Health Check

The Council of Labor Affairs / Labour Bureau's
Foreign Affairs Police Offices
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
Household registration offices in Taipei

ARC (Alien Resident Certificate)

What is ARC?
  • ARC is just like the identification for foreigners who plan to stay in Taiwan for a long term living.
What are the advantages of ARC?
  • If holding a student visa, you have to go to the police station every month, leave the country every six months, and deal with the visa offices where they might give you annoying hassles.
  • If holding a traval visa, you will be troubled with the expiration of visa.
  • All these troublesome matters will no longer exist once you get ARC.
Who can apply for ARC?
  • Being a teacher, you need to have either a four-year degree from an accredited university, or a two-year college diploma plus a TESOL certificate. Enough hours teaching at one school with neccessary documents.
  • Being a student - holding a student visa
  • Marry a Taiwanes citizen
How to apply?


top
For first time ARC application - 4 Steps

(1)Health Check → (2)work permit → (3)Resident Visa→ (4)ARC (Alien Resident Certificate)

Requirements:

  • Four-year degree from an accredited university or Two-year college diploma plus a TESOL certificate
  • Passport which must be valid for the next 6 months
  • A full-time (16 working hours a week) job

For first time ARC application - 4 Steps

Step (1) Health Check: Person/Employee applying for an ARC
Place Government approved hospital (See additional information)
Required Documents
  1. Passport which must be valid for the next 6 months
  2. Two recent passport size photos (2" hotographs color or black & white)
  3. Application form
  4. Application fee
Days for Processing 7 - 10 working days
Fees Prices may vary from hospital to hospital, around 1000NT$
Notice!! Be sure to get the correct tests done, there will be 3 tests, a chest x-ray, an eye test and a blood test. It usually takes approximately 2 hours to complete your tests.
Validity 3 months
 
Step (2) Work Permit ( Employment approval letter ): School/Employer of person/employee applying for an ARC
Place The Council of Labor Affairs (See additional information)
Required Documents
  1. Two recent passport size photos (2" photographs color or black & white)
  2. Health check
  3. Four-year degree or Two-year college diploma plus a TESOL certificate *original document(s) not a photocopy*
  4. Application form
  5. Translation of your degree/diploma
Days for Processing 7 - 10 working days
Fees Schools or Emplyer should be responsible for this fee
Notice!!

If your visa expires before your work permit has been issued, there will be two options available:

  1. If you have an extendable visa, you can ask your school for the Employment approval letter (work permit) receipt which will be given to them when they hand in your application. Then you can go to your local foreign affairs police station and they can give you an extention.
  2. If you have a NON-extendable visa you will have to do a visa run (leave Taiwan) to get a new visa, be sure to take the Employment approval letter (work permit) receipt, which will make your chances a lot better to get a visa when you give the visa office the reciept and tell them your ARC is being processed.
Validity Valid until 60 days before your contract expires with schools or employers
 
Step (3) Resident Visa: Person/Employee applying for an ARC
Place Ministry Of Foreign Affairs (See additional information)
Required Documents
  1. Employment approval letter (work permit)
  2. Passport which must be valid for the next 6 months
  3. Two recent passport size photos (2" photographs color or black & white)
  4. Application form
  5. Application Fee
Days for Processing 7 working days
Fees 3000NT$
Notice!! If your visa expires after you handed your application in at the Ministry of Foriegn affairs, you don't have to leave the country the reason being that you will not have a passport for your trip.
Validity Valid for 15 days starting from the pick-up date. (That means you have to go to the local Foreign affairs Police station within 15 days after the pick-up date).
 
Step (4) ARC: Person/Employee applying for an ARC
Place Local office of the Foreign Affairs Police (See additional information)
Required Documents
  1. Passport which must be valid for the next 6 months
  2. Two recent passport size photos (2"photographs color or black & white)
  3. Application form
  4. Application Fee
  5. Proof of residence (Contract you signed with your landlord)
  6. Contract you signed with your school (Not always necessary)
Days for Processing 7 working days
Fees 1000NT$ for 1 year, 2000NT$ for 2 years and 3000NT$ for 3 years
Notice!! Remember to apply for a Re-entry permit at the same time as your application for your ARC. To extend your ARC you need to sign a new contract with your school/employer and go to the local Foreign Affairs Police Station.
Validity Valid for one year starting from the date you signed a contract with you school/employer

About ARC

For ARC transfer ( from present school to another school ) - 3 Steps

(1)Health Check → (2)Employment approval letter (work permit) → (3)ARC

Requirements:

  • Find a new school/employer to apply for an ARC for you. You need to be hired full-time (16 working hours)
  • Apply for an ARC before you terminate your ARC with your previous school/employer

For ARC transfer ( from present school to another school )

Step (1)Health Check: Person/Employee applying for an ARC
Place Government approved hospital (See additional information)
Required Documents
  1. Passport which must be valid for the next 6 months
  2. Two recent passport size photos (2" photographs color or black & white)
  3. Application form
  4. Application fee
Place Government approved hospital
Days for Processing 7 - 10 working days
Fees Prices may vary from hospital to hospital, around 1000NT$
Notice!! Be sure to get the correct tests done, there will be 3 tests, a chest x-ray, an eye test and a blood test. It usually takes approximately 2 hours to complete your tests.
Validity 3 months
 
Step (2) Work Permit ( Employment approval letter ): School/Employer of person/employee applying for an ARC
Place The Council of Labor Affairs (See additional information)
Required Documents
  1. Two recent passport size photos (2" photographs color or black & white)
  2. Health check
  3. Four-year degree or Two-year college diploma plus a TESOL certificate
  4. Application form
Days for Processing 7 - 10 working days
Fees Schools or Emplyer should be responsible for this fee
Notice!!

If your visa expires before your work permit has been issued, there will be two options available:

  1. If you have an extendable visa, you can ask your school for the Employment approval letter (work permit) receipt which will be given to them when they hand in your application. Then you can go to your local foreign affairs police station and they can give you an extension.
  2. If you have a NON-Extendable visa you will have to do a visa run to get a new visa, be sure to take the Employment approval letter (work permit) receipt, which will make your chances a lot better to get a visa when you give the visa office the reciept and tell them your ARC is being processed.
Validity Valid until 60 days before your contract expires with schools or employers
 
Step (3) → ARC: Person/Employee applying for an ARC
Place Local office of the Foreign Affairs Police (See additional information)
Required Documents
  1. Passport which must be valid for the next 6 months
  2. Two recent passport size photos (2" photographs color or black & white)
  3. Application form
  4. Application Fee
  5. Proof of residence (Contract you signed with your landlord)
  6. Contract you signed with your school (Not always necessary)
Days for Processing 7 working days
Fees 1000NT$ for 1 year, 2000NT$ for 2 years and 3000NT$ for 3 years
Notice!! Remember to apply for a Re-entry permit at the same time as your application for your ARC. To extend your ARC you need to sign a new contract with your school/employer and go to the local Foreign Affairs Police Station.
Validity Valid for one year starting from the date you signed a contract with you school/employer

About ARC

For person who marry a Taiwanese spouse - 4 Steps

(1)Health Check → (2)Household Certificate → (3)Joining Family Resident Visa → (4)ARC (Alien Resident Certificate)

Requirements:

  • Get married to a Taiwanese citizen

For person who marry a Taiwanese spouse

Step (1) Health Check: Person married to Taiwanese citizen
Place Government approved hospital (See additional information)
Required Documents
  1. Passport which must be valid for the next 6 months
  2. Two recent passport size photos (2" photographs color or black & white)
  3. Application form
  4. Application fee
Place Government approved hospital
Days for Processing 7 - 10 working days
Fees Prices may vary from hospital to hospital, around 1000NT$
Notice!! Be sure to get the correct tests done, there will be 4 tests, an eye test, a chest x-ray, a blood test and a stool test. It usually takes approximately 2 hours to complete your tests.
Validity 3 months
 
Step (2) Household Certificate: Person married to Taiwanese citizen and Taiwanese citizen (papers will be in Chinese)
Place Household Registry (See additional information)
Required Documents

Those who are married in domestic areas:

  1. Certificate of Marriage
  2. Identification paper of foreign spouse and Certificate of Bachelorhood/Spinster authenticated by an R.O.C. overseas mission and Chinese translation of the Certificate (those from Southeast Asian countries shall be re-authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
  3. Household Register
  4. Identification card and seal

Those who are married overseas:

  1. Certificate of Marriage authenticated by an R.O.C. overseas mission and its Chinese translation
  2. Household Register
  3. Identification card and seal
  4. Identification paper of foreign spouse
Days for Processing Processed while you wait
Fees Schools or Emplyer should be responsible for this fee
Notice!! Be sure to have a Chinese name and you should be able to write your name in Chinese.
Validity  
 
Step (3) → Joining Family Resident Visa: Person married to Taiwanese citizen
Place Ministry of Foreign Affairs (See additional information)
Required Documents
  1. Passport which must be valid for the next 6 months
  2. Two recent passport size photos (2" photographs color or black & white)
  3. Application form
  4. Application fee
  5. Household registration certificateand papers
  6. Certificate of Marriage Registration issued by applicant's native government (For those countries with no marriage registration system, please present in the Certificate of Marriage)
  7. Certificate for No Criminal Record or Certificate of good-conduct and a traslation (if you have been in Taiwan for a period of five years and being here each year for longer than 183 days a Criminal record will not be necessary)
  8. Health check
Days for Processing 7 - 10 working days
Fees 3000NT$
Notice!! If the above documents, from item 6 to item 8 are made abroad, they shall be authenticated by an R.O.C. overseas mission first,and if they are made in any language other than Chinese or English, Chinese or English translation must be attached.
Validity 3 months
 
Step (4) → ARC: Person married to Taiwanese citizen
Place Local office of the Foreign Affairs Police (See additional information)
Required Documents
  1. Passport which must be valid for the next 6 months
  2. Two recent passport size photos (2" photographs color or black & white)
  3. Application Form
  4. Application Fee5. Household certificate
Days for Processing 7 working days
Fees 1000NT$ for 1 year, 2000NT$ for 2 years and 3000NT$ for 3 years
Notice!! Remember to apply for a Re-entry permit at the same time as your application for your ARC
Validity Valid for one year (if given a one year ARC)

About ARC


Hospital for Health Check

Location
City (County)
Hospital's Name
Northern
Taiwan
Yilan CountyYilan County

St. Mary's Hospital

Lo-Tung Pohai Hospital

Keelung City

Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital Keelung Hospital

Taipei City

Taipei Veterans General Hospital

National Taiwan University Hospital (KungKuan Branch not designated)

Cathay General Hospital

Taipei City Hospital, Zhongxing Branch

Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital

Taipei City Hospital, Jen-Ai Branch

Taipei City Hospital, Yang-Ming Branch

Taipei City Hospital, Zhongxiao Branch

Taipei City Hospital, Hoping Branch

Taipei Municipal Wan-Fang Hospital

Armed Forces Songshan Hospital

Taiwan Adventist Hospital

Mackay Memorial Hospital Main Branch and Tamshui Branch Hospital

Taipei County

Far Eastern Memorial Hospital

Cardinal Tien Hospital

En Chu Kong Hospital

Taoyuan City

Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital Lin-Kou Medical Center

Tao-Yuan General Hospital, Department of Health

Min-Sheng General Hospital

Li Shin Hospital

Armed Forces Tao-Yuan General Hospital

Tao Yuan Veterans Hospital

Hsinchu City

Hsin Chu General Hospital, Department of Health

Miaoli County

Miao-Li General Hospital, Department of Health

Central Taiwan
Taichung County

Armed Forces Taichung General Hospital

Kuang Tien General Hospital

Tungs'Taichung Metro Harbor Hospital Wu Chi Main Hospital

Feng-Yuan Hospital, Department of Health

Lee's General Hospital Dajia Branch

Jen-Ai Hospital

Taichung City

Taichung Veterans General Hospital

China Medical University Hospital

Chung Shan Medical University Hospital

Taichung Hospital,Department of Health

Cheng Ching Hospital Chung Kang Branch

Changhua County

Changhua Christian Hospital

Show Chwan Memorial Hospital

Southern
Taiwan
Chiayi City

Chiayi Christian Hospital

St. Martin De Porres Hospital

Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital, Da Lin

Tainan City

National Cheng Kung University Hospital

Tainan Hospital, Department of Health

Tainan Municipal Hospital

Sin Lau Hospital The Presbyterian Church of Taiwan

Tainan County

Chi Mei Medical Center (Main Branch and Tainan Branch Hospital)

Kaohsiung City

Kaohsiung Medical University Chung Ho Memorial Hospital

Zuoying Armed Forces Hospital

Yuan's General Hospital

Kaohsiung Military General Hospital

Kaohsiung Municipal Hsiao-Kang Hospital

Kaohsiung Municipal Min-Sheng Hospital

Kaohsiung County

Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital Kaohsiung Hospital

E-Da Hospital

Pingtung County

Tian-Sheng Memorial Hospital

Eastern
Taiwan

Hualien County

Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital, Hua Lien

Mennonite Christian Hospital

Off-shore
Island
Kinmen County

Kimen County Hospital

Penghu County

Armed Forces Penghu Hospital

Penghu County

Penghu Hospital,Department of Health

Lienchiang County

Lienchiang County Hospital


About ARC

The Council of Labor Affairs / Labour Bureau's

Location
City (County)
Authorized Authority

Address

Telephone No.
Northern
Taiwan
Keelung City

Social Bureau

1,Yi 1st Rd,Keelung City
02-24201122ext. 284

Ilan County

Social Bureau

451,Ho Ping Rd,Ilan City

03-9364567 ext. 1642
Taipei City
Foreign Labor Affair Division,Vocational Training Bureau,CLA

83,Yen Ping N Rd,Sec2,Taipei City

02-85902322

Labor Bureau

1,Shi Fu Rd,Taipei City

02-27596660

Taipei County

Labor Bureau

161,Zhung Shan Rd,Sec1,Banchiao City

02-29686333ext. 245

Taoyuan County

Labor Bureau

1,Xien Fu Rd,Taoyuan City

03-3341728

Hsinchu City

Labor Bureau

120,Zhung Zheng Rd,Hsinchu City

03-5216121ext. 304

Hsinchu County

Labor Bureau

10,Guang Ming 6th Rd,Chubei City

03-5519442

Miaoli County

Social Bureau
100,Xien Fu Rd,Miaoli City
037357040
Central Taiwan
Taichung City
Labor Bureau
4F,100 Min Quan Rd,Taichung City
04-2276508 ext. 25
Taichung County
Labor Bureau
36,Yang Ming St,Fengyuan City

04-25233484

Changhua County

Labor Bureau

8F,100,Chung Xing Rd,Changhua City

04-7222151 ext. 1032

Nantou County

Social Bureau

600,Zhung Xing Rd,Nantou City

0492222106 ext. 557

Yunlin County

Social Bureau

515,Yun Lin Rd,Sec2,Doulio City

05-5371542

Southern
Taiwan

Chiayi City

Social Bureau
1,Min Sheng N Rd,Chiayi City
05-2231920
Chiayi County

Social Bureau

1,Xiang Ho 2nd Rd, E Sec,Taibao City

05-3620900ext.106~109
Tainan City
Labor Division
261,Nan Men Rd,Tainan City
6-2991111ext. 8374

Tainan County

Labor Bureau

36,Min Zhi Rd,Xinying City

06-6373463

Kaohsiung County

Labor Bureau

3F,117 Da Pi Rd,Niaosung

07-7338842
Pingtung County

Social Bureau

527,Zi Yio Rd,Pingtung City

08-7341634
Eastern
Taiwan

Taitung County

Labor Section

276,Zhung Shan Rd,Taitung City
089326141 ext. 240

Hualien County

Social Bureau
17,Fu Qien Rd,Hualien City
03-8225377
Off-shore
Island
Penghu County

Social Bureau

32,Zhi Ping Rd,Magung City
06-9270907
Kinmen County
Social Section

60,Min Sheng Rd,Jincheng,Kinmen

08-2373291
Lienchiang County

Social Section

76,Jieshou Village,Nangan
08-3622485

About ARC

Foreign Affairs Police Offices

Location
City (County)
Offices

Address

Telephone No.
Northern
Taiwan
Keelung City

Foreign Affairs Section , Keelung Harbor Police Office

5-1,Jhongjheng Rd,Keelung City
Foreign Affairs Section , Keelung City Police Bureau
205,Sin 2nd Rd,Keelung City
Taipei City
Foreign Affairs Division, NPA

7,Jhongsiao E Rd,Sec1,Taipei City

Foreign Affairs Police Corps , NPA

7,Jhongsiao E Rd,Sec1,Taipei City

Fourth Division of Immigration Office
15,Guangjhou St,Taipei City
96,Yanping S Rd,Taipei City
Taipei County
Alien Detention Center , NPA
150,Dapu Rd,Sansia,Taipei County
Taoyuan County
Passport and Visa Inspection Brigade , Aviation Police Office
27,Hangcin N Rd,Pusin,Dayuan,Taoyuan County
Foreign Affairs Unit, Aviation Police Office
27,Hangcin N Rd, Pusin, Dayuan, Taoyuan County
Foreign Affairs Section Division, Taoyuan County Police Bureau
3,Sianfu Rd,Taoyuan County
Hsinchu City

Foreign Affairs Section, Hsinchu City Police Bureau

1,Jhongshan Rd,Hsinchu City

Hsinchu County

Foreign Affairs Section , Hsinchu County Police Bureau

12,Guangming 6th Rd,Jhubei,Hsinchu County

03-5557953
aven@mail.hchpb.gov.tw

Miaoli County

Foreign Affairs Section , Miaoli County Police Bureau
2,Fucian Rd,Jhongmiao,Miaoli County
Central Taiwan
Taichung City
Foreign Affairs Section, Taichung City Police Bureau
588,Wensin Rd,Sec2,Taichung City
Taichung County
Foreign Affairs Section, Taichung Harbor Police Office
2,Jhongheng 4th Rd,Wuci,Taichung County

04-26565849
thpb0301@mail.thpb.gov.tw

Foreign Affairs Section , Taichung County Police Bureau
225,Jhongshan Rd,Fongyuan,Taichung County
Changhua County

Foreign Affairs Section, Changhua County Police Bureau

778,Jhongjheng Rd,Sec2,Changhua County

Nantou County

Foreign Affairs Section, Nantou County Police Bureau

669,Jhongsin Rd,Nantou County

04-92234302
fad@mail.ncpb.gov.tw

Yunlin County

Foreign Affairs Section, Yunlin County Police Bureau

100,Dasyue Rd,Sec3,Douliou,Yunling County

05-5329033
fap@mail.ylhpb.gov.tw

Southern
Taiwan

Chiayi City

Foreign Affairs Section, Chiayi City Police Bureau
4, Jinshan Road, Chiayi City
Chiayi County

Foreign Affairs Section, Chiayi County Police Bureau

3,Sianghe 1st Rd,E Sec,Taibao,Chiayi County

Tainan City
Foreign Affairs Section, Tainan City Police Bureau
37,Nanmen Rd,Tainan City

Tainan County

Foreign Affairs Section, Tainan County Police Bureau

3,Jhongjheng Rd,Sinyin,Tainan County

Kaohsiung City
Foreign Affairs Division, Kaohsiung Harbor Police Office
24,Fonglai Rd,Gushan,Kaohsiung City
260,Jhongjheng 4th Rd,Cianjin, Kaohsiung City
07-2215796
fap@kmph.gov.tw

Kaohsiung County

Foreign Affairs Section, Kaohsiung County Police Bureau

388,Guangyuan Rd,Fongshan,Kaohsiung County

Pingtung County

Foreign Affairs Section, Pingtung County Police Bureau

119,Jhongjheng Rd,Pingtung County

Eastern
Taiwan

Taitung County

Foreign Affairs Section, Taitung County Police Bureau

268,Jhongshan Rd,Taitung County

Hualien County

Foreign Affairs Section, Hualien County Police Bureau
21,Fucian Rd,Hualien County
Off-shore
Island
Penghu County

Foreign Affairs Section, Penghu County Police Bureau

36,Jhihping Rd,Magong,Penghu County
Kinmen County
Foreign Affairs Section, Kinmen County Police Bureau

15,Jinshan Rd,Jincheng,Kinmen County

Lienchiang County

Foreign Affairs Section, Lienchiang Lianjiang County Police Bureau

260,Jieshou,Nangan,Lienchiang County

About ARC

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)

Location
City (County)
Bureau of Consular Affairs

Contact Info.

Fax
Northern
Taiwan
Taipei City
3F-5F, 2-2 Ji Nan Road, Sec. 1, Taipei
Operator, Vocal & Auto Feed Reverse: 02-23432888
02-23432968
Official Passport: 02-23432806
02-23432851
Passport Information 02-23432807, 02-23432808
02-23432819
Visa Counter: 02-23432866, 02-23432867
-
Visa Information: 02-23432885, 02-23432895
02-23432883
Document & Certificate Counter:02-23432965
-
Document & Certificate Information: 02-23432913, 02-23432914, 02-23432920
-
Central Taiwan
Taichung City
9F, 216 Min Quan Road,Taichung

04-22222799

04-22222950

Southern
Taiwan
Kaohsiung City

2F 436 Cheng Gung 1st Road, Kaohsiung

07-2110605

07-2110523
Eastern
Taiwan

Hualien

6F 371 Zhung Shan Road, Hualien
03-8331041
03-8330970

About ARC

Household registration offices in Taipei

Area:
Address:
Phone number:
Songshan District
4/5 F, 692 Bade Rd., Sec. 4, Taipei
02-27533043
Xinyi District
2F, 15 Xinyi Rd., Sec. 5, Taipei
02-27323977
Daan District
86 Xinsheng S. Rd., Sec. 2, Taipei
02-23587877
Zhongshan District
2F, 367 Songjiang Rd., Taipei
02-25032461
Zhongzheng District
4F, 8 Roosevelt Rd., Sec. 1, Taipei
02-23948838
Datong District
3F-1, 57 Changji St., Taipei
02-25942569 2-25966504
Wanhua District I
4F, 120 Heping w. Rd., Sec. 3, Taipei
02-23069281 02-23062706
Wanhua District II
4F, 120 Heping w. Rd., Sec. 3, Taipei
02-23064921
Wenshan District I
2F, 220 Muzha Rd., Sec. 3, Taipei
02-29395885
Wenshan District II
3F, 160 Xinglong Rd., Sec. 2, Taipei
02-29314505 02-29323819
Nangang District
4F, 360 Nangang Rd., Sec. 1, Taipei
02-27825196 02-27825546
Neihu District
3F, 99 Minquan E. Rd., Sec. 6, Taipei
02-27912277~9
Shilin District
3F, 439 Zhongzheng Rd., Taipei
02-28803252~7
Beitou District
3F, 30 Xinshi St., Taipei
02-28924170

Sponsored Link

Learning ChineseTravel in Taiwan