If you are thinking of turning your time in Taiwan into something a little less temporary and a little more long term , obtaining an Alien Resident Certificate, or ARC, may be the next step to transition from tourist to resident.
What is an ARC?
An Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) is a government issued identification document for long-term or permanent residents of Taiwan without household registration. With an ARC, you will be able to stay in the country for up to 3 years and is required for those who plan to stay longer than 6 months in Taiwan. Your ARC is proof of your legal residency in Taiwan and contains your name, photo, date of birth, and ARC number.
Step 1: Determine yourARC Eligibility
If you plan on staying in Taiwan for longer than 6 months, you must fall under one of the these categories:
Step 2: Begin your ARC Application
Upon arriving in Taiwan you must apply for the ARC at the National immigration Agency (NIA) within 15 days of entry. You will need the following documents:
*Students are eligible to apply on the National immigration Agency Online Application System for Foreign Students after creating an account and uploading the documents above.
Step 3: Wait for your ARC to be Approved
The processing time for your application depends on the location your submitted, but you can expect to wait at least 10 business days.
Application form can be downloaded via PDF at the bottom of the page:
Getting your ARC in Taipei:
Follow these steps and begin your journey to becoming a Taiwanese resident today!