Can my new wife come to Taiwan on my APRC?

I will be getting married and returning to Taiwan next year. I have an APRC and got permission to leave the country for a long period.

When I come back I’ll be married. She is an Iranian psychologist who specialises in psychometrics, so she will not want to or be able to teach English. She will apply for a scholarship to study Chinese although ideally she would like to find work.

My question is if she can’t find any way to enter the country for a long term basis can she enter with me since I’m a permanent resident.

If she can, then I assume she won’t be able to legally work or study. If she decides to study or gets a job can she switch her visa status.

For now, we only plan to try Taiwan for a year or so. If she likes it then we could return after we both get our PHDs.

Thank you for any help!!!

I have an APRC, and I sponsor my husband on it, so that won’t be a problem. You’ll need to get a copy of your marriage certificate certified by the TECO office wherever it is that you get married. You can also apply for your wife’s residency visa at that same TECO office after the certification is done. You will just need to show them your APRC. Then, just go to immigration when you get back to Taiwan and apply for her ARC. You can also just apply for the visa and ARC at the immigration office when you get here as long as you have the marriage certificate with the TECO seal on the back.

As for working or studying, I’m not sure. I know there’s someone on this board who says he was able to get a work permit while having an ARC through his wife, but that’s the only case I’ve heard of. My husband doesn’t work in Taiwan, so we don’t have any experience with that. For the studying aspect, if she gets a scholarship, she will have to be on a student ARC. That’s one of the conditions of receiving one. For just regular study without a scholarship, I would assume being attached to your APRC would be fine…but I would call the immigration office to check.

According to the surly woman that I spoke to at the TCO in London, me and my wife will have to travel to Dubai to apply for my wife’s visa. There is no Taiwanese embassy (or equivalent TCO etc) in Iran.

I thought that after we sent our wedding certificate to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK who would issue us with a British wedding certificate that we could take this to London and they would recognise it and then be able to give her a visa. Apparently not.

I’m waiting for replies from the British trade office in Taipei and from the TCO in Dubai. Obviously, I’m hoping that the woman I spoke to at the London office was just ill informed and impatient, because I really don’t want to go to Dubai, we can do if we must, but… :frowning: She said that since my wife isn’t British that it is irrelevant as to her circumstances for visa application but she can’t apply in London.

Has anyone married someone of a different nationality and then tried to get them a visa through dependency?

Thanks

I know a couple of people that have stay at home foreign (American) wives. Once you sort out the TECO office business she shouldn’t have a problem getting a JFRV ARC. She won’t be able to get an open work permit though (AFAIK). Studying Chinese won’t be problem.

Hey Lewis,

My husband is not the same nationality as me, and we got married in Hong Kong, which is not where either of us is from. For the certification, the only thing that matters is where the marriage took place, not what citizenship either of you have. The TECO offices are only allowed to certify documents that originated in the the place where they have jurisdiction. So, if you got married in the UK, they will be able to certify your document at the correct Taiwan office there (Is there more than one?). However, if you got married in Iran, you will have to send it to whichever TECO office is in charge of that area, I guess Dubai. If you do end up having to do that, you don’t need to go there, just mail it. You can do express mail with FedEx or something, and the office will return the documents to you that way as long as you prepay the delivery charge.

And it’s not technically a JFRV. It’s a regular ARC, but in the section where the employer address should go, it says that the bearer is married to someone working in Taiwan.

[quote=“Tiare”]Hey Lewis,

My husband is not the same nationality as me, and we got married in Hong Kong, which is not where either of us is from. For the certification, the only thing that matters is where the marriage took place, not what citizenship either of you have. The TECO offices are only allowed to certify documents that originated in the the place where they have jurisdiction. So, if you got married in the UK, they will be able to certify your document at the correct Taiwan office there (Is there more than one?). However, if you got married in Iran, you will have to send it to whichever TECO office is in charge of that area, I guess Dubai. If you do end up having to do that, you don’t need to go there, just mail it. You can do express mail with FedEx or something, and the office will return the documents to you that way as long as you prepay the delivery charge.

And it’s not technically a JFRV. It’s a regular ARC, but in the section where the employer address should go, it says that the bearer is married to someone working in Taiwan.[/quote]
The JFRV part is the resident visa in your passport that must be converted into an ARC within 15 days of your arrival.

Hi everyone,

I am in a similar situation. My couple has a one year contract and then a one year ARC. The question, could he ask for the family reunification and get me a resident visa?
I just want to stay in the country, I’m not interested in getting a job or in studying because I am freelance.

Reading this http://www.boca.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=6137&ctNode=778&mp=2 I understand it is possible.

Do you have any experience about it? Does it works? Any limitation, specification…

Thank you for your help in these complicated matters.

[quote=“Radialnyanya”]Hi everyone,

I am in a similar situation. My couple has a one year contract and then a one year ARC. The question, could he ask for the family reunification and get me a resident visa?
I just want to stay in the country, I’m not interested in getting a job or in studying because I am freelance.

Reading this http://www.boca.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=6137&ctNode=778&mp=2 I understand it is possible.

Do you have any experience about it? Does it works? Any limitation, specification…

Thank you for your help in these complicated matters.[/quote]

As long as the time on the sponsoring spouse’s ARC is > 6 months it is possible. Otherwise BoCA will refuse to issue the necessary visa in my opinion. If the sponsored spouse is citizen of a visa-free entry nation (i.e. USA, Canada or Switzerland) the remaining validity of the sponsoring spouse’s ARC is not an issue.