I have just received this information from the European Chamber of Commerce and Trade:
We would like to inform you that the application procedure for R.O.C. Visitor and Resident Visa have been tightened as follows:
Foreigners obtained a Visitor visa overseas at a Taipei Representative Office overseas (e.g. HongKong), obtained within the same day.
They converted the Visitor visa into Resident visa upon return in Taiwan at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
With the Resident visa They applied for an Alien Resident Certificate(ARC) and re-entry permit at the Foreign Police station.
New tightened procedure currently in place:
Foreigners have to obtain a Resident Visa instead of a Visitor Visa at a Taipei Representative Office overseas. The Resident Visa application procedures takes longer than Visitor Visa, at least 24 hours (by express service). Also, a Resident Visa for requires a medical report which takes a few days to complete, and the applicant and family members need to stay in, for example, Hong Kong waiting for the medical report in order to complete the Resident Visa application procedure.
Upon return in Taiwan, Foreigners can use the Resident Visa to apply for an ARC and Re-entry at Foreign Police station.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained the following reasons for the change of procedures:
- Simplify the procedures of applying visitor visa first and convert to residence visa later.
- Ensure that the type of visa issued corresponds to the purpose of visit in order to avoid illegal employment.
Please take note of this new practice. The ECCT HR Committee will be communicating with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on trying to avoid the inconvenience due to the long waiting period in HongKong or other overseas locations.