This visa is for Full-time PhD, Master’s, Bachelor’s program, or senior high school Students and below to study in Taiwan over longer periods.
Requirements: 1. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months and there are blank pages left in it.
2. You must pass a health check. The health certificate should be issued within 3 months by one of the local hospitals designated by the Taiwanese Centers for Disease Control or a foreign hospital. Health certificates issued by foreign hospitals must be authenticated by an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission. Visit the website of the Centers for Disease Control at https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En for health checkup items and the list of designated local hospitals.
3. You must have been admitted for enrollment in a school or university in Taiwan, and hold admission permit paperwork
4. You must have sufficient means to financially support yourself
5. For high school students and below, your country must be on the list of those allowed to enter Taiwan under the visa-waiver program
1. Go to website: https://visawebapp.boca.gov.tw
2. Fill out the application form online and print it out. Make sure the application form shows a bar code on it.
3. Sign the application form.
4. Prepare the following documents:
4.1 two color passport-size photos with a white background taken within 6 months.
4.2 Passport and one photocopy of the passport bio-page including the holder’s picture.
4.3 Original and one photocopy of health certificate
4.4. Original and one photocopy of admission permit or record of enrollment, registration and transcripts
4.5 Original and one photocopy of proof of financial support
4.6 Original and one photocopy of highest education diploma and transcripts. For diplomas and transcripts in languages other than Chinese or English, a Chinese- or English-translation version is also required. (Must be authenticated by an R.O.C(Taiwan)overseas mission.)
4.7 Other supporting documents: supporting documents such as the purpose of visiting Taiwan, parental consent, letter of guarantee by references in Taiwan, consent from the guardians in Taiwan or proof of no-criminal record may be required on a case-by-case basis.
4.8 Students who apply for a Resident Visa after having arrived in Taiwan are required to present also one photocopy of the Visitor Visa and the immigration entry stamp.
4.9 Students already studying in Taiwan are required to present the record of enrollment and registration as well as academic transcripts.
Where to apply.
1. Applicants outside of Taiwan who meet the requirements for students’ Resident Visa are advised to apply for the visa from an R.O.C. (Taiwan) overseas mission.
2. Applicants who enter Taiwan on a Visitor Visa which qualifies the applicants for Resident Visa application for the purpose of undertaking studies must apply for a Resident Visa 8 work days before the duration of stay expires. Applicants may apply to the Bureau of Consular Affairs or any of its Central, Southwestern, Southern, or Eastern Taiwan Offices.
1. 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.
2. Processing of Resident Visa application inside the R.O.C. (Taiwan) takes 8 work days. Resident Visa applicants are advised to apply to the Bureau of Consular Affairs 8 work days before the duration of stay expires. Application will be turned down and fee not refunded in the event that required documents are not submitted in full within 7 days after the applicant is informed by the Bureau of Consular Affairs. In the event that the applicant’s duration of stay expires while the Resident Visa is under processing and eventually rejected, the applicant is to assume the sole responsibility of overstay and the penalty therefore imposed.
3. Original documents are to be returned after review. Documents produced outside of the R.O.C. (Taiwan) and in languages other than Chinese or English must be accompanied by a Chinese- or English-translation version.
4. For visa application fees, please refer to “Standard Fees for R.O.C. (Taiwan) Visas in Foreign Passports”
5. 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 undertaking studies may not apply for a Resident Visa or an extension of duration of stay on the ground of undertaking studies. Those not enrolled as full-time students may not apply for a Resident Visa on the ground of undertaking studies.
6. 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.
7. Obtaining a school admission permit does not guarantee the issuance of a Resident Visa. Obtaining a Resident Visa does not entitle the visa holder to enter the R.O.C.(Taiwan). days
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