Some of you may have seen my post in the taxes forum warning married foreigners to ensure that they file taxes as the primary taxpayer rather than the spouse: A warning for foreigners filing joint taxes
Since my wife has denied me the right to obtain tax statements for the last two years, the route to my APRC is now closed and so I have decided to go for naturalization. I have almost all the documents I need since I’d already prepared them for my APRC. Ironically, the requirements for naturalization are actually less stringent than those for the APRC and I more than fulfill them in both categories (spouse and independent applicant).
First, a little background on me. I’ve lived in Taiwan for around nine out of the last 12 years, and I’ve lived here continuously for six years on my current ARC (JFRV). I haven’t lived in my home country (UK) for 16 years. I’m turning 33 years old soon, which if I understand it correctly, means I might still get drafted once I obtain my household registration two years hence… Fair enough. I have a master’s degree from a local university which is acceptable in lieu of the Chinese class requirement and I have a job that pays more than the twice minimum wage that’s specified.
As far as I can tell, the requirements for naturalization are “to have resided continuously and legally for more than 183 days per year over the last five years”. There is nothing pertaining to the type of ARC one has to have held. However, my local household registration office simply doesn’t know if the immigration authorities will treat me as a foreign spouse regardless. This would be disastrous for me, as one of the steps in “naturalization of a foreign spouse” is that childless couples will be visited and interviewed to ensure that the marriage is not merely one of convenience in order to attain ROC citizenship.
So tomorrow morning, I will get the last documents I need from the NIA and BOCA and take them to the household registration office. I’ll then post an update here listing everything I’ve submitted, and as and when I get news, I’ll keep this thread updated.
Wish me luck!