I would like to bring my baby daughter over. She is only 2 years old. I have heard that this can be done as long as I have an ARC.
The problem is I don’t know where to start. Does anyone know which government agency I should go to for my daughter’s visa and what are the requirements?
I would suggest the following:
- I assume that the child was born outside of Taiwan. Obtain a copy of the child’s birth certificate, proving the relationship with the mother and father, and have it certified at the nearest ROC Overseas Office.
- Prepare eight or ten passport sized photos of the child.
- Based on the child’s passport, get her a tourist visa to come to Taiwan.
- After arrival in Taiwan, go to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bureau of Consular Affairs, and apply to have the birth certificate re-verified.
- Return to MOFA-BOCA, pick up the birth certificate and apply for a resident visa for the child, based on its relationship to the ARC holding parent. This is considered a Joining Family Resident Visa. Obviously, there is a fee to be paid, probably a few thousand NT$.
- After the issuance of the JFRV, you must promptly go to the Foreign Affairs Dept. of the local Police Station and apply for the child’s (a)ARC, and (b) re-entry permit.
Result: The ARC becomes your child’s legal permission to reside in the ROC. The re-entry permit becomes the child’s legal permission to re-enter the ROC area after a trip abroad. YOU ARE LEGAL!
P.S. Be sure to renew both the ARC and re-entry permit several days before the expiry date.
My wife is Thai. She’s been here in Taiwan with her own work-permit-based ARC for several years. However, perhaps she’d like to become more of a housewife, choosing not to work. Therefore, I need to concern myself with how she will keep her residency with me here in Taiwan.
Assuming my ARC is still valid, can I assume that the procedure you provide above would let me get a JFRV for my wife?
I assume that if she ever wanted to work again at some point, that she’d have to get her own employer-specific work permit, just as if she were single. What I mean is, does the JFRV have any work rights associated with it? I assume not, but want to make sure.