Applied a week ago (in Taipei). They have a newer, apparently stream-lined handout for requirements. At least the font is different, I reckon. Unfortunately, I tossed it in the recycling after my application was submitted.
The procedure was incredibly simple. No health check or criminal background (as per the 3 month rule). Went in with copies of every single work permit, tax certificate, employer certificate I could think of. Stacks of nonsense. This is what they eventually took from me.
- Completed all-purpose Immigration form (APRC is check box No. 7? Or 6?)
- This year's (2014-15) work permit (and copy) in Chinese
- This year's tax certificate (2014 earning period)(and copy) in whatever
- This year's employer certificate (and copy) in Chinese, with company chops
- Recent Taiwan police clearance
- Copies of every page of my passort(s): info pages, pages containing entry/exit stamps and visas - just copy everything
- Passport photo
- Copy (front and back) of ARC
- 10,000 TWD, payable upfront, right there at the counter, hand it over, laowai
And that's it. Can't think of anything I missed. No appointment necessary if you live in Taipei. Take a number. Few lolly-gaggers on the first floor. Whole thing took 30 minutes, tops. The "interview" was negligible. Her: "Do you have ______?" Me: "Yes." Her: "Have you ever stayed outside of Taiwan for more than 90 continuous days?" Me: "Nope. But you can see that on your computer screen, can't you?" Her: "Yes."
I would like to point out that the language on the new sheet is a bit confusing. I've never received a "salary certificate" from anyone. What they're referring to is either (a) the uniform tax withholding statement which shows your gross yearly earnings, or (b) the certificate issued by the tax people, which is what the clerk included in my file. She took a look-see at the withholding statement but ultimately handed it back. The pastel-colored tax payment certificate is what she wanted. I wasn't sure if you had to file taxes first, or just come in with the withholding statement. Couldn't get a straight answer out of anyone. Play it safe. File now.
Otherwise, she said expect a letter in 6 to 8 weeks; a week or two later, should I be approved, come on down and fetch the APRC.