APRC Application Procedures (Official Checklist)


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March 30, 2012 UPDATE REGARDING HIGHER INCOME REQUIREMENTS
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A special thanks to Forumosan rk1951 for keeping us abreast of upcoming changes which will effect our ability to apply for the APRC.

MORE DETAILED INFORMATION
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.

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May 18, 2011 - APRC Checklist and Instructions
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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:

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Chinese

[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:

[quote=“rk1951 on June 9, 2011”]I just got my APRC and I documented my every move to help my best friend here who will be getting his next year. So I was the guinea pig. I then thought it would be nice to make it available for anyone who is trying to get their APRC. So here is my experience. I live in Taoyuan, but I’m sure it would be pretty much the same wherever you are located in Taiwan. I am sure the time line and the cost of the entire procedure will vary a bit for everyone, but this is what happened to me. Northcoast Surfer helped me the entire way, so if you have any questions he is the God of the APRC process. You can always ask me questions too. Good luck!! Oh and sorry for any grammatical errors, I am only a cram school English teacher. :slight_smile:

APRC Procedure and Cost

Total time for me
About 4 months from starting the procedure to holding my APRC in my hand.

Total cost for me
$5,000nt (application process, you could probably get this cost down a bit)
$10,000nt (APRC Processing fee)
[b]$15,000nt

1. Getting Started
First thing first, just go to your local National Immigration Agency and make sure you are eligible to apply for your APRC. This will be the same place you went to renew your ARC. Talk with an agent, do your research first and ask as many questions as you can. The agent will give you an application form, but I didn’t fill this out until the day before I had my interview. Sometimes the NIA changes some of the regulations, so make sure you have all the up to date info. You should be able to find everything here. Don’t rely on the Internet to answer your questions, just call your agent.
Link: http://www.immigration.gov.tw/welcome.htm

$150nt Passport Photos 4.5X3.5Cm face 3.2-3.6Cm
I got 12 photos just to be safe, but I only used about 4-5 of them. Go to any photo developing store and get passport photos done.
$40nt A3 Card stock paper for your FBI fingerprints
I got this paper at a local bookstore (4 large sheets just to be safe.) The FBI recommends using card stock paper because it is stronger and the fingerprints won’t smear as easily as regular paper. I didn’t know what card stock paper was, but it is just heavier thicker paper than normal. It is pretty much like construction paper. Go to your local stationery or book store and pick out some nice white stock card paper. Make sure it is not glossy. Then go home and cut them down to standard US letter size 8.5X11. Go to the FBI’s website and print off a fingerprinting form on your card stock paper. I printed 3 forms just to be safe. I had never done any fingerprinting before, so better safe than sorry. Print 3 forms!!
Link: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/background-checks/background_checks

2. Fingerprinting Procedure
$300nt Fingerprinted at the NIA (each form you fingerprint costs $100nt.)
This was my experience the Taoyuan NIA, I’m sure it would be the same anywhere else. Don’t forget your passport and your fingerprint forms. If you are in Taoyuan go to:

Taoyuan NIA
Xian Fu Rd 1st Floor #106
Taoyuan County, Taoyuan

Enter into the first floor where you get your ARC at the Taoyuan NIA. You’re supposed to take a number and wait in line to pay the $100nt, but I just went up to an agent when I had a chance instead of waiting and cut in line and paid because the line was too long. Take your receipt; go back outside and down to the basement. Just walk up with your receipt and tell them you are applying for an APRC and need to do fingerprints for the FBI. It will at least take 30 min, but plan on an hour. Make sure they use a black ink pen for filling in anything out on your FBI fingerprint form. Make sure that they give you the NIA stamp/seal over the address part on the form too when you are finished. I fingerprinted 3 forms just to be safe, so it cost $300nt and it took about an hour. Don’t wear white clothes that day. It gets messy!! Be prepared to pretty much do the fingerprinting yourself with not much help. I had some 17 year old kid helping me a bit. He assisted me but it was pretty much just me that did the fingerprinting. I asked for a few blank sheets of paper to practice before I started fingerprinting on the actual FBI forms. Practice, practice practice!

3. FBI Procedure and Sending Instructions (The next few steps are the worst part of the process)
Print out all the correct forms on 8.5X11 standard letter sized paper from the Internet. I only had A4 letter sized paper so I just cut a bit off the bottom instead. You will need to send the FBI an application form, the fingerprint forms you just fingerprinted, and a credit card payment slip that you can find here. I am sure you can send a money order too, but I used the credit card option.
Link: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/background-checks/background_checks

Then once everything is printed and filled out go to 7-11 and ask for a DHL envelope and send everything to the FBI.
$700nt Sent to the FBI via DHL

FBI CJIS Division-Record Request
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg WV 26306 USA

4. Sending procedures to TECRO and Chinese translation
Here is the TECRO website where you can get the application form.
Link:http://www.taiwanembassy.org/US/ct.asp?xItem=13611&ctNode=2316&mp=12

I also made my own cover letter with instructions for TECRO once they received my FBI criminal background check and Chinese translation. My cover letter looked like this with all my contact info. Add your address and other info into this and print this out.

			[i]TECRO Cover Letter		

Your name and address in Taiwan here.

TECRO – Washington DC
4201 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington DC, WA 20016
Attention: CONSULAR DIVISION – AUTHENTICATION SERVICES

Attached with this letter, please find the application for authentication / endorsement for proof of non-criminal record and the associated paperwork required.

Enclosed is $15.00 for the English document authentication, $30.00 for the Chinese document authentication, and an additional $30.00 for international express mailing fees.

Please express mail the completed authentications to the following Taiwan mailing address as written below.

	 		(Name and Taiwan address insert here
                                                                  I sent them my address in Chinese)

If you have any need to contact me, you may contact me via the following phone number 011-886-9-XXXX-XXXX during normal working hours.

Sincerely,
(Your name) [/i]

$700nt Sent forms via DHL to my family.
I send my family these items signed and dated even before my family received my FBI criminal background check to save time. I sent my signed TECRO cover letter and a copy, TECRO’s application form plus one copy, Two copies of the information page of my passport, and two copies of my ARC front and back. I could have just sent these forms via regular Taiwanese postage to save money, but I wanted the letter package to get there without any problems. Plus it was quick and reliable. I didn’t care! So I sent these forms to my family in the States about 2 weeks after I sent my FBI fingerprint forms to the FBI. They obviously got there before my FBI criminal background check, so my family just set them aside until they received my FBI criminal background check in the mail.

Here were the instructions for my parents once they received my FBI Background Check in the mail.

Instructions to My Family:

  1. Take out the documents, scan and email me the FBI Background Check.
  2. I will email you back the Chinese translation of my FBI Background Check, please print out 2 copies on standard US letter sized paper.
  3. Make a copy of the original background check on standard US letter sized paper.
  4. Please get a postal money order made out to TECRO (Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office) for the amount of $75.00US. This amount includes charges for my services and $30 for the express shipping back to my residence in Taiwan.
  5. Then get a nice letter envelope, UPS, FED-EX, or DHL are all good. Please include all these documents (listed below) into a mailing envelope.

Please include all these documents listed below into a mailing envelope to TECRO.

  1. Signed cover letter to TECRO DC requesting authentication plus one copy.
  2. TECRO’S application form for authentication plus one copy.
  3. The original FBI background check plus one copy.
  4. The Chinese translation of my FBI background check plus one copy [/b]
  5. Two copies of my US passport information page.
  6. Two copies of my ARC.
  7. A postal money order made out to TECRO (Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office) for the amount of $75.00 US. This also includes the express shipping back to me in Taiwan.
  8. An Express letter envelope mailed out to my residence in Taiwan. Please use UPS, FED-EX or DHL so I can track it.
  9. You will have a total of 14 documents with the copies included, plus a postal money order for $75, and a self addressed express envelope to my address back in Taiwan all included in the package to TECRO Washington DC. Then ship everything to

Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office
CONSULAR DIVISION – AUTHENTICATION SERVICES
4201 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
(202) 895-1800
(202) 895-1815

Chinese Translation of FBI Criminal Background Check
I received my Chinese translation from Northcoast Surfer. You can get it from him or from me. You don’t need to hire or go to a translator and then get it authenticated here in Taiwan. This is a big waste of time. Do it yourself, it took me 5 min to plug in my info from the translation I have. All the FBI’s criminal background checks are the same. My translation is in a word document and all you will have to do is plug in your information like your name, a few dates, social security number, and your US home address in Chinese (I just typed in my home address into Google translate and that it translated it into Chinese for me.) You can also find the translation here: http://www.forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.php?f=67&t=80053&start=110

5. Taiwan Criminal Background Check (Now is the easy part, it’s a breeze from this point on….relax!)
Once you receive your package back from TECRO you can start the Taiwanese criminal background check right away.
$100nt-Taiwan criminal background check.
Remember to bring your passport and ARC.
Go to the Taoyuan Police headquarters on Xian Fu Rd if you are in Taoyuan. If you are facing the Taoyuan police headquarters the building is on the immediate right and there is a policeman guarding the entrance. It takes 5 min, just fill out the form. Pick up the results in a week. NOTE: I picked up the results myself 5 days later because if you get it sent to your house, you (or someone) needs to be home to receive the results. I didn’t want to waste time. I am never home so this was an easier option. Do what is best for you.

6. Health Check (Li Shin Hospital for Taoyuan) Type B Form, it is also the same form as the marriage health check form.
Right after I went in for getting my Taiwanese criminal background check a day or two later I went in for my health check. I needed to pay $1600nt and to bring 1 passport photo. I only needed to do a chest X-ray, see a doctor (which took 1 min), and a blood test. NO STOOL SAMPLE REQUIRED!
It took about an hour. I picked up the results one week later rather than have it sent to my house. I wanted to save time again!

7. Work Documents
Right after my health check, I gave my boss a week notice to prepare my work documents. Your employer will be able to get all these documents for you, just give them some notice.
I got my original work permits for the last three years. Make sure you have all the work permits for all the schools you work at even if it is the same company (make copies.) The immigration agent will give the originals back to you. Get all your contracts for the last 3 years (make copies.) Get the original employment certificate with the company’s personal seal (make copies.) The immigration agent will give these back to you.
I also got copies of my withholding and non withholding tax statements for the past three years (These are the white tax forms your work gives you when you do your taxes.)

8. Tax Office
Once I had my Taiwanese criminal background check, health check results and work documents in my hand I immediate went to the tax office to get my tax documents. Make sure you bring your ARC and passport.
The final step is to go to the tax office to get your income statements (blue documents) for the past 3 years you have worked. Make sure your gross earnings are over $429,120nt (PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK THIS AMOUNT WITH YOUR IMMIGRATION AGENT BEFORE YOUR START YOUR APRC PROCEDURE, THIS AMOUNT WILL PROBABLY INCREASE IN THE FUTURE.) They are going to raise this number again, so I might even make sure it is $440,000nt just to be safe. If you are below this number your employer should be able to help you adjust this, but if that is the case, get this number adjusted before you even start doing anything else. This is first priority.

I then had to go to another counter and take a number to get my tax payment list for the past three years. If you don’t know where to go, just ask someone. This took me about 30 min to get all these documents, but plan on longer.

9. Setup an appointment with an agent to turn everything in.
I know some people have just walked into the NIA and taken a number instead of making an appointment, but that is not the way to do it. Call your agent and make an appointment. They are not always there (they do take vacations), plus who wants to sit and wait in line.
The agent in Taoyuan at the time of writing this was Vivian Tseng. She doesn’t take shit and her English isn’t that good. It is a major plus if you can speak Chinese when dealing with her but not necessary. Her number is 033310409 ext 121. She sits at the back of the office and you don’t need to wait or take a number to speak to her unless she is busy with someone else. At the time of writing this, she was the only agent in charge of dealing with APRC applicants in Taoyuan. Don’t get on her bad side, because she is all you got!!

10. Copies and Double Check
You need copies of every page in your old and new passport on A4 sized paper with a Taiwan entry or exit stamp, Taiwan work visa and your information pages. I just made 2 copies of my entire old and new passport just to be safe, but it was overkill. Your ARC needs to be copied as well, front and back. I also made 2 copies. You then need to initial every copied page of your passport and ARC. I initialed every page in the bottom right hand corner. Make sure you have copied all your documents; everything needs a copy….copies, copies, copies!! Your last step will be to fill out your APRC application form that you got at the beginning. I did this the night before my appointment.
Your entry and exit records will be taken care of by your agent during your appointment. The agent gets all this info for you, so don’t worry about doing it yourself.

11. Interview Process
Remember to bring all the documents, copies, old passport, current passport, 2 passport photos, ARC and a smile!
I went in a little early and my agent was already expecting me. I walked in without waiting because I already had an appointment. My agent went over all my paper work and made sure everything was in order. She also printed off my entry and exit records from my time in Taiwan. She didn’t ask me any weird questions; it was just all about my paperwork. The entire process took me about 45 min. She accepted my application, but wouldn’t let me pay the $10,000nt processing fee yet.

Next step was to wait for the letter of approval in the mail. Mine took 1 month to get this in the mail. Don’t freak out, it will come. Remember, someone has to be home at your residence to receive this letter of approval from the mail carrier. Your agent will call you if there are any problems. Once you get this, you will have to go back to the immigration office and pay $10,000nt and give up your ARC. The agent will give you a receipt and then you get to wait another 2 weeks…….Awesome more waiting, what a surprise!
Two weeks later, walk down to the basement where you got your fingerprints done and show your receipt and your APRC will be waiting for you.
FREEDOM!!! :bravo:

One more step, go and get your own working permit in Taipei. Then you are really free and party time begins!!  :discodance:[/quote]

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July 7, 2010 - PREVIOUS APRC Checklist and Instructions
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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.
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Original Posting and APRC Checklist and instructions from July 3, 2009
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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:


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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:


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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:


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[quote=“A-ha”]I just heard 30 minutes ago that my APRC has been APPROVED!!! :discodance:[/quote]Congratulations and welcome to the club! :bravo:


#5

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?


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[quote=“cfimages”]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?[/quote]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.


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


#8

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


#9

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.


#10

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:


#11

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


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[quote=“Northcoast Surfer”][quote=“cfimages”]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?[/quote]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. [/quote]

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

[quote]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

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.
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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.


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[quote=“ludahai”]I got the call last Thursday that my APRC was approved and I will get it this Thursday.[/quote]Congratulations, and welcome to the club! :bravo:


#14

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


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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


#16

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.


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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.[/quote]

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.


#18

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

The link to the Chinese Version is here


#19

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?


#20

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?