Alien Resident Certificate (ARC)

For international students, the Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) serves as their temporary ID card which can prove their resident status in Taiwan. It is a very important document and international students are advised to take good care of it and pay attention to its expiration date !

Moreover, whether international students have entered Taiwan with Resident Visa or obtained Resident Visa through visa change within Taiwan, please remember to apply for the Alien Resident Certificate and Re-entry Permit at the local office of Ministry of Interior National Immigration Agency on the next day upon arrival or within 15 days of the issue of their resident visa.

Required Documents and Fees:

  1. ARC Application Form (choose ARC)
  2. Photo(white background, 4.5cm* 3.5cm with an image of the head that should not be shorter than 3. 2 cm or longer than 3.6 cm from the top of the head to the chin. Without wearing a hat or a pair of colored glasses, with clear facial features not covered and identifiable, and should not be modified or composed.)
  3. Student ID Card or Proof of Enrollment certificate (along with one copy)
  4. Original Passport and resident visa (along with one copy)
  5. Operation Fee (one year term): NT$1000
  6. Processing time: 10 working days

ARC Extension

A foreign national shall apply for an extension within 30 days before his/her period of residency expires if they have to continue their visiting or residency in Taiwan.

One month before the date of expiry, students should go to local immigration service center to extend their alien resident certificates. The ARC will be extend for one year once.

Required Documents and Fees

  1. ARC Application Form (choose ARC EXTENSION)
  2. Photo (white background, 4.5cm* 3.5cm with an image of the head that should not be shorter than 3.2 cm or longer than 3.6 cm from the top of the head to the chin. Without wearing a hat or a pair of colored glasses, with clear facial features not covered and identifiable, and should not be modified or composed.)
  3. Student ID Card or Proof of Enrollment certificate (along with one copy)
  4. Original Passport (along with one copy)
  5. Operation Fee (one year term): NT$1000
  6. Processing time: 7-10 working days

Notice

  1. Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs (OIA) will offer Delivery ARC Service twice a year. And we will announce the time of Delivery ARC Service on Facebook.
  2. Graduates seeking employment in Taiwan are required to provide a graduation certificate to extend their period of stay. The maximum extension is six months, starting from the month of graduation. If students have postponed their graduation, they are required to provide documentation to keep or extend their ARC. Students will be granted a maximum extension of one year, according to their academic situation.
  3. Overstay:

(1)Overstay within 30 days (30th day excluded) but still enrolled: pay the fine and the application fee for the ARC extension.
(2)Overstay more than 30 days (30th day included) and still enrolled: pay the fine and leave the country in 7 days to apply for a new visa to re-enter Taiwan.
(3)Overstay fine:
  ◆1-10 days: NTD$2,000
  ◆11-30 days: NTD$4,000
  ◆31-60 days: NTD$6,000
  ◆61-90 days: NTD$8,000
  ◆over 91days: NTD$10,000

  1. If you plan to leave Taiwan during the enrollment period, please make sure before your departure that your ARC will still be valid when you return to Taiwan. If necessary, please renew your ARC at the service center of National Immigration Agency in your local residence.
  2. If you apply to leave the school (suspension, withdrawal, and graduation), your ARC with the purpose of study will become invalid after you complete the related school-leaving procedure. You shall return the ARC to the service center of National Immigration Agency in your local residence and leave Taiwan within the prescribed period. If you would like to return to NCNU after the suspension is over, you will need to re-apply a new visa to enter Taiwan.
  3. For more details, please contact the National Immigration Agency.
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