APRC Application Procedures (Official Checklist)



A special thanks to Forumosan rk1951 for keeping us abreast of upcoming changes which will effect our ability to apply for the APRC.

Beginning January 1, 2013 APRC applicants will be required to earn, report and pay taxes on a minimum $450,480 NTD gross consolidated income in order to qualify to apply for the APRC. This increase is due to the increase in Taiwan's Basic Wage. Based on this new report, the Basic Wage of Taiwan is set to increase to $18,770/month beginning January 1, 2013. Foreigners are required to make at least 2x The Basic Wage in order to apply for the APRC. Basic Wage of $18,770 X 2 = $37,540/mo and $37,540 X 12 months - $450,480 minimum consolidated gross income. One key thing to note, however, is that although Taiwan's Basic Wage increase will begin January 1, 2013, anyone who applies for the APRC in 2013 will be using their income for the tax year 2012. So, you will need to make the minimum of $450,480 for the 2012 tax year in order to apply for the APRC in 2013.
May 18, 2011 - APRC Checklist and Instructions

Here is the newest, most recent checklist that the NIA is handing out to prospective APRC applicants. Please give a nice warm thanks to Forumosan canadamanintaiwan for scanning both the English and Chinese and providing them to me to be included in this thread. :bravo:



[color=#FF0000]June 9, 2011 - The most recent fully documented step by step guide.
Courtesy of Forumosan rk1951[/color]

rk1951 is an American who just completed his APRC application successfully. He took the time and effort to fully document his experience and share it with the rest of us. Everyone, please give a nice round of applause to rk1951 for sharing this treasure trove of information. :bravo:


July 7, 2010 - PREVIOUS APRC Checklist and Instructions

Although this is no longer the current information checklist being handed out to prospective applicants, it still has useful information, so I will keep it here. [color=#FF0000]The NIA now allows our federal background checks from our home countries six months validity versus the previous three months[/color], which gives us the extra needed time to get all of the endorsements, translations, and authentications. Thanks to Tiare for scanning the newest checklist and emailing it to me so it can be shared with all. :bow:

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July 2009 - Chinese version of the APRC Checklist and instructions.
Courtesy of Forumosan springonion.
Note: Some of this information is out of date and is only for reference.


Original Posting and APRC Checklist and instructions from July 3, 2009

I've been asked by a few forum members to post the APRC Application Procedures handout that was given to me at the time I applied for my own APRC and three of my friends' APRCs. This four page handout used to be given out by the Foreign Affairs Police who were in charge of immigration issues before the new Immigration Department was formed. I am unaware if the new Immigration Department has an APRC Application Procedures handout like this or not. Therefore, be aware that the date of this document is July 1, 2007 and was given to me by the Foreign Affairs Police not the current Immigration Department. However, most of the information contained within this handout is still valid and useful for applying for the APRC as very little has apparently changed except office locations and phone numbers. In fact, I last used this handout to successfully process an APRC for a friend in mid July 2008 through the new Immigration Department. If anyone who has recently applied for the APRC has a newer handout, I can remove mine and you can post yours for everybody's use.

If it's difficult to read on screen, just right click the individual pages and save the pictures to your harddisk and print them out for convenience.

Respectfully yours,
Northcoast Surfer :bow:

Translation/Notarization of Police B/G Check
120 days for a criminal background check from Canada?
5 years on a marriage ARC, do I have to wait 10 to get my APRC?

Thanks for posting this, Northcoast Surfer :notworthy: ...I'm sure this will be very beneficial to anyone who wants to apply for the APRC in the future....I took the Chinese version of the checklist from the NIA lady a couple of mths ago...everything in it corresponds exactly to the English version you posted...If anyone wants to see the Chinese checklist, let me know and I can post it on here too. Anyone mind translating it? :laughing:


This is exactly the same list I was also given by the NIA....and I just heard 30 minutes ago that my APRC has been APPROVED!!!! :discodance:

Thanks for posting the list! :smiley:


Congratulations and welcome to the club! :bravo:


For the fingerprint bit for the police check, is there a particular police station to go to in Taipei city, or can I just go to any?


There are two police background checks that you need to get in order to apply for an APRC.

  1. Taiwan Criminal Background Check. You can go to any major police station to get this. Fingerprints are not required for this check and at the last time I did one the fee was $200 NTD and a one week wait. You can pick it up yourself or have them mail it. I live in Taipei County, but I went to the Foreign Affairs Police Station at Hsi-Men Ding, MRT Exit 5. Although all immigration affairs were passed on to the new Immigration Department, you can still go there to get your Taiwan background check.

  2. Federal Criminal Background Check from applicants home country. I'm a US citizen so that means an FBI background check which requires fingerprints. FBI background application information and procedures

The FBI website stipulates the following criteria for fingerprints.
[color=#FF0000]Obtain proof of identity, which consists of a set of your fingerprints(original card, no copies), with your name, date of birth and place of birth. Fingerprints should be placed on a standard fingerprint form (FD-258) commonly used for applicant or law enforcement purposes.

Include rolled impressions of all ten fingerprints and impressions of all ten fingerprints taken simultaneously (these are sometimes referred to as plain or flat impressions.)

If possible have your fingerprints taken by a fingerprinting technician (this service may be available at a Law Enforcement Agency.)Previously processed fingerprint cards will not be accepted.

The FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division will accept the downloaded paper fingerprint card only for the purposes of requesting an FBI Identification Record through Departmental Order 556-73. If you go to a law enforcement agency or private fingerprinting agency to be fingerprinted, they may prefer to use a fingerprint card on standard card stock. You may use the fingerprint card provided by the fingerprinting agency.[/color]

Here are the rest of the procedures for processing your federal background check in order to apply for the APRC.

a. Make an application for the FBI background check.
b. After receiving the completed FBI background check, have it translated to Chinese. You can do it yourself. I did mine.
c. Send both, original FBI background check and the Chinese translation to your nearest TECO office to be authenticated and endorsed.
d. In the package you send to TECO, send a self addressed envelope and pay the $25+ USD for express service and overnight Federal Express mailing.
e. If everything is ok with your translation, you should receive it in Taiwan within about a week.
f. If you actually go into the TECO personally. You can get it done same day service if you turn the document in by 10am, you can come back and get it at 3:30pm, then jump on a plane and fly back to Taiwan with it yourself.
g. Submit the endorsed original FBI background check and the endorsed Chinese translation with your APRC package.


Thanks! I am going to pick up my new card tomorrow morning! :smiley:


Is it still 5,000,000 NT in savings or assets, or has that changed since the 2007 document?


If you decide to show savings or assets then it is still $5 million NTD. Or, you can choose to show your income for the past three years as long as it is equal to or above 2X the Basic Wage.


They do them here, or at least they used to: First Household Registration Office,Wenshan District,Taipei City TEL: 2939-5885
Web: ws1hr.taipei.gov.tw
Email: web02380@mail1.tcg.gov.tw
Address: 2F,No. 220, Sec.3, MuZha Rd., Wenshan Dist., Taipei City

Have your wife call and make sure. :wink:


Thanks ncsurfer and citizen k. Will get in touch with them next week.


I went to the FAP office in Taichung City to get mine done and it took FIFTEEN MINUTES!

You can get your fingerprints taken at the local branch of National Immigration. They will take fingerprints on the paper/card from your country plus will do it digitally. Took about twenty minutes here in Taichung.

Also, the FBI check takes the longest. Fortunately, the local branch of NIA accepted my other documents and held them until my FBI check arrived (important for me because a couple of documents would have expired otherwise.)

I got the call last Thursday that my APRC was approved and I will get it this Thursday.


Congratulations, and welcome to the club! :bravo:


Could you please post the Chinese version. That would be very helpful! Thanks so much! Sorry for the extra trouble!


Hi I just finally will receive my APRC. I wanted post some roadblocks or info that is not told to you on the websites. Once you download and send your required papers to the FBI office BE SURE that you put the correct address of the TECO office that you want them to send the results too. I made the mistake of having them send it to my TECO of in NY which is not correct. The FBI sent it to them and they claimed that they never received my documents. They told me that I should have put this address: 4201 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington D.C. 20016. So my documents were in limbo for over 2 weeks with both sides claming I should have included a Fed EX envelope so I could track it. This is not possible if you are in Taiwan. The FBI does send it first class mail. Luckly after me express how I felt about whole process calmly to the office in NY(I got a little loud with them haha) the FBI e-mailed me saying the received the document back and where would I like to have it sent. If they didn't find it I would have to got through the whole process again of downloading the papers from their site and paying the fee again!! MY advise to anyone sending this to the FBI do it by EMS(Express Mail Service) at any Tawain Post Office. That way, you can track it. Now here comes another part that you are not told but I found out the hard way. Even though the Washington D.C.office receives it, they might not let you know you they did. Plus there is a fee of 15 USD for them to authorize your Fed Police report. And if you want it to be sent Expres Mail it's another 28 USD(I would recommennd you do this!!!) But you have to have someone in US to help you pay these fees as they do not except credit cards. The person of contact in the office's name is Cindy Lee. Her e-mail is . I calld the office to check on my document and she paid for all of the fees and sent me back my things. I am sorry for this very long post but believe me it will help you in getting your APRC faster and correctly. Take care and good luck to all who try this


Just as an update to the fingerprint thing.

My fiancee called the Wenshan branch of household registration and they said it's not needed. I think there was some confusion because she also asked about the single cert for marriage (getting married in Sept so if APRC doesn't get accepted, will get JFRV).

I was working in Ximending yesterday morning, so went into the big FAP station and asked. They sent me to the NIA office down the road. Managed to get them done there. In the basement, counter 48, took 5 mins and cost NT$100.


NIA is easier. They do it fast and efficiently. They are the ones who process the application, so it is just easier to do as much there as possible. I found that through the process, they got to know me, were very friendly, and it made the whole procedure much easier than the US immigration officials make it.


The link to the Chinese Version is here


I'm about ready to start gathering the documents for my APRC, but first I want to sit down with someone who works there to make absolutely sure I'm eligible.
I'm in Taipei.
Where is the main office I should go to?


Ok, according to the gov site immigration.gov.tw//immig_en ... .asp?id=10 the "local NIA's service center" does the first review, but when I click on the link, it doesn't work, so I have no idea where to go.

I'm in Muzha, is there a local NIA office here?
Or should I go to the big main one over by Hsimen?