I have been employed full time for 12 years at a local university, and have held an APRC since October of 2000. The employment contract is renewed annually. Prior to getting the APRC I would take my “Pin-Shu” and a “Pin-Xin” issued by MOE to the Foreign Affairs Police on Yen-Ping S. Road for yearly re-issue of my ARC. No physical exam was required. Since 2001, I have simply called once a year to the FAP office and asked them if there was anything I needed to do; and the answer was “no”, so I did nothing. It was my impression that the APRC implied permission to work, and that that applied to any conceivable job, not to any one specific job. In other words, I understood that my status belonged in category “A” below, along with spouses of ROC citizens. Now I have received the following notice (Details below) from my employer, indicating that the need to apply for a separate annually renewable work permit has been superimposed on the APRC holders. I read this to mean that the APRC entitles me to stay but that I am going to have to reapply annually to work, and go through the physical exam, etc., which I previously had to do only once, at the time of applying for the APRC. Does this represent a real redefinition of the meaning of “APRC”, or is it simply my employer’s attempt to assert some sort of annual “property right” over me, which was lost when I was no longer required to seek help each year from them with ARC renewal? Comments or similar experiences welcome.
I. Application for renewing employment contracts must be made sixty days prior to the termination of the existing contract.
II. Foreign teachers can make the application in three ways:
A) For the person who is married with an ROC citizen and who holds a residence permit in Taiwan is allowed to work without the working permit but with submission of the photocopy of the residence certificate for foreigners and overseas Chinese.
B) For the person who is employed by an institution or organization must submit the following four documents:
1.) two one-inch bust photos and filling up the courses to be taught in the forthcoming year;
2.) a photocopy of the recent issue of payroll and a photocopy of the tax-return statement;
3.) a physical examination certificate made within three months, including such categories as the immune anti-virus, the chest X ray, the V. D. disease blood test, and the overall physical checkup (including the mental status).
4.) The photocopy of the alien residence certificate.
C) For the person who has an immediate relative in Taiwan or possesses a permanent residence certificate can apply, by individual, to the central government for employment but should submit to the Personnel Office of CCU both the photocopy of the working permit and the photocopy of the residence certificate for foreigners and overseas Chinese. If not by individual, this person has to follow the same procedure as in the B category.
While the photocopies of the documents and certificates are to be submitted for application, their original copies must be brought along to be checked by the Personnel Office. The duplicates must be signed by the applicant to take the full legal responsibility for any discrepancy or inaccuracy.