OK, here is the lowdown.
A JFRV (marriage based resident visa) may be issued to you, and then you would get an ARC based on that for one year, or three years. (Those are the two most commonly seen time periods … )
That being said, there is no minimum number of days which you must be physically present in the Taiwan area in order to maintain an ARC based on marriage.
However, according to my knowledge, you have to be in Taiwan to renew your ARC.
[color=brown]Some people have asked me in the past: [/color] [color=blue]What if my wife was here in Taiwan, and she had the ARC in her hand … could she go to the local Foreign Affairs Police Station as my “agent” and renew it for me?[/color] [color=orange]I would say that it is “possible” … but the officals at the Police Station would most likely want to see your passport too. That being said, the officials there would also want to know your “Date of Arrival.”
In other words, on the form you have to fill out to renew an ARC, there is a blank space for “Date of Arrival.” That is interpreted to mean your most recent “Date of Arrival.” So … that is a problem. If you are not in Taiwan, then there will be no valid date to put in that column, and when the officers at the Police Station check your passport, they will be able to easily verify that you have left Taiwan and are no longer here…[/color] [color=darkred]Under these circumstances, I believe they will not renew your ARC.[/color]
So, if you can get an ARC for three years, there might be some benefit (in terms of coming back and forth from your home country to Taiwan for visits, etc.) to having it. The underlying question is: If you go through the process for getting a JFRV, can you get a three year ARC?? To my knowledge, there is no guarantee of that.
Then, if you have a three-year ARC, then can you be reasonably sure when it comes due you will be in Taiwan? If not, kiss that ARC goodbye. (In order to get another one after it has expired, you would have to go through the entire process of getting the JFRV from the beginning … )
Hence, after all these “ifs” and “buts” are analyzed, you might just be better off to wait until you are back in Taiwan some years down the road, reasonably settled down, happy in your married life, etc. and then get the JFRV then.
Also, when you are coming back to Taiwan at that point, it might be easier to get all the necessary documentation, (CCRD, etc.) plus the necessary stamping and verifying at the overseas Taiwanese Representative Office, etc., etc. rather than going through the hassle of trying to coordinate that from your apartment here in Taiwan at this point.
My NT$ 2.