We all know that to get an APRC, every applicant must submit a federal police background check from their home country.
So, when you decide to go from APRC to naturalized Taiwanese citizen, these new rules apply.
- If you have an APRC and are applying for naturalization as a single individual, you MUST provide the federal police background check from your home country, again.
- If you have an APRC and are applying for naturalization as a spouse of a Taiwanese national, you DO NOT NEED to provide the federal police background check from your home country, again.
I found this out when I submitted my application for naturalization. I have an APRC and I’m married, but I don’t want my wife to have to hold my hand through the procedure. Therefore, if I apply as an individual, I have to provide another FBI background check. But, if I apply as my wife’s spouse, I don’t. Seems like bullshit to me because regardless of which way I choose to apply for naturalization, nothing about me actually changes. It’s just the typical stupid “shoe box mentality” of Taiwan I guess.