No more queues! Foreign students can now apply for ARCs online

TAIPEI (4-Way Voice) — With the Chinese New Year holiday coming to an end, many students in Taiwan are preparing for a new semester of the school year.

During this time, an increasing number of foreign students have headed to the National Immigration Agency (NIA) to apply for their Alien Resident Certificates (ARC) — sometimes waiting in line for hours on end.

Many students from foreign countries head to the National Immigration Agency (NIA) to apply for their Alien Resident Certificates (ARC) before school starts (Courtesy of NIA)

As the number of foreign students studying in Taiwan continues to grow, the NIA recently launched the “Online Application System for Foreign Students,” for foreigners and overseas students from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao students.

Thanks to the new online application system, applicants can now receive their ARCs within 5 days.

To further promote the new system, the NIA has hosted several seminars at the National Taiwan Normal University (國立台灣師範大學),  the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology(國立台灣科技大學), and National Yang-Ming University (國立陽明大學) to help foreign students better understand the application process.

The online system operates 24/7, so applicants need only to enter the website of application, create an account, upload the required documents, (proof of enrollment, passport, resident Visa, proof of accommodation, proof of scholarship), and pay the application fee.

The fee ranges from NT$1,000 for a one-year residence permit, to NT$3,000 for a three-year resident permit.

Should applicants encounter any difficulties during their application, they can call (02) 2796-7162, during business hours, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.

For more information or to apply, head to the Online Application System for Foreign Students

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