Getting documents in order, possible checklist, etc. before arriving to teach English

This is my first new Topic on Forumosa. I hope I am following the correct steps.

A bit about me: I am 48 and a U.S. citizen living in the U.S. From 2012-2016, I taught English in Prague. I taught in public schools (primary, middle and high school levels), for two language schools, and private lessons. I moved back to the U.S. to assist my parents (my mother has dementia). That said, I am now planning to move to Taiwan in late December to teach English.

I have done research online, but I have several questions.

Regarding documents, is this an exhaustive list of documents I need to bring: FBI Identity History Summary (CBC), a confirmed return or onward air ticket (showing departure from Taiwan within 90 days of my arrival), my original diploma (I have a B.A. from an ACC school), my passport valid for more than 90 days from my arrival date, and my TEFL certificate? Not including the flight tickets, I have all documents in hand.

I saw a note on a website (but the way it reads maybe this is just for obtaining a APRC) that said the FBI document needs to be authenticated by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S. Is this correct?

I was also doing research for Vietnam and documents for that country need to be “notarized, authenticated, and translated”. Does Taiwan require documents to be notarized, authenticated and/or translated? Is an apostle required for any documents?

I really appreciate any guidance here. Thanks in advance.

I know this is an old post but I’m about to get my documents in order and wondering how it went for you. How would I get an FBI Identity History when I’m not currently in the US?


My first guess would be your local consulate or embassy. Or ask the FBI if you can send a family member or friend as a proxy.

There are instructions on the AIT website. Request the FBI summary on the FBI website, Download and print the FBI fingerprint card, get fingerprinted at immigration (for a fee), mail it back to the FBI.

You can receive the results back by email which you can forward to TECRO DC for authentication + mail them a physical copy of the authentication form plus the fee for authentication + international mail fee, then have them mail it back to taiwan.