TECO gave me seemingly conflicting advice, and I am so confused.
Let’s assume the NWOHR husband successfully receives a TARC from TECO, they said that the non-NWOHR wife has no legal basis to apply for a spousal Resident Visa or the TARC until the husband has fully completed his residency requirement (365 consecutive days living in Taiwan or whatever the alternative 2 or 5-year options are) and also completes household registration and obtains a national ID. They said this is because the spousal Resident Visa (is this also commonly referred to as JFRV in this forum?) is only for spouses who already has household registration in Taiwan. This doesn’t make total sense to me when looking at the title of the link that @tando sent above, which I talk more about below.
Anyway, therefore according to TECO, in order for the wife to be in Taiwan together with the husband while he’s fulfilling the residency requirement, the only way is for the wife to be on a visitor visa, which for most passports would require her to leave Taiwan alone every 90 days, can’t get a TARC, can’t work, etc. Does this guidance from TECO sound right?
(For what it’s worth, the person I spoke to did not sound sure and at first said the spousal Resident Visa was indeed available, but later “changed his mind” after he checked with his supervisor. He also initially said the wife could only stay in Taiwan for a total of 6 months per year on a visitor visas, but later retracted that as well and said the wife could visa run as a visitor however much she wants.)
I clicked the link above for “Resident Visas for Foreign Spouses of R.O.C.(Taiwan) Citizens Without Household Registration, Foreigners, Hong Kong Residents, Macau Residents, or Mainland Chinese Citizens” at https://www.boca.gov.tw/cp-166-281-b948e-2.html but found it confusing, because although the title implies that the spousal Resident Visa WOULD be available for the foreign wife, clicking through and choosing for example a US passport for the wife to apply for a 180+day visa for the purpose of joining family then pops up a message that says:
Before you apply the visa, Please confirm you have obtained：
Foreign spouses of Taiwan citizens having Household Registration:
- Taiwan Household Registration certificate
- The marriage registration issued by competent authorities of the applicant’s country.
I’m confused because thought this link was specifically for foreign spouses of Taiwan citizens WITHOUT household registration, so I’m not sure why this reminder message that talks about Taiwan citizens WITH household registration is relevant.
So my questions are:
- Is it actually possible for a foreign (US or Canadian passport) wife of a NWOHR husband already holding a TARC to obtain a Resident Visa based on the reason of joining the husband in Taiwan? If yes, should the foreign wife just ignore that website message and continue with the application? Has anyone on this forum moved to Taiwan as a citizen WITHOUT household registration and gotten a TARC and also figured out how to get their non-Taiwanese spouse to join and get the spousal TARC?
1a) What if the foreign wife is not “foreign” in the eyes of Taiwan but is a HK passport holder? The Resident Visa application website does NOT list “Hong Kong” as a country during the drop down menu so presumably that’s not the correct link for someone in that category. How does a HK passport holding wife apply for a Resident Visa to live in Taiwan based on joining her husband who himself is working towards getting household registration on a TARC?
- Stepping back, is it necessary for the wife to apply for the Resident Visa at all? Or could she just travel to Taiwan as a visitor (entering with either the US, Canadian, or HK passport) and then apply for a TARC in Taiwan using joining her husband as the basis of the application, again if the husband does not yet have household registration but is working towards it on a TARC?
If anyone has personal experience or could even just point me to more detailed info, like a list of documents the wife has to prepare for either a Resident Visa or a TARC, that would be much appreciated! It’s unclear whether the wife needs to obtain the same documents as the husband has to for the TARC application, and it would be a lot more efficient to do all those all the same time, like FBI checks, health checks, etc.