Naturalization exam for foreigners set for Nov. 15

[quote=“The China Post”]
Tuesday, October 6, 2009

TAIPEI, Taiwan – The Department of Civil Affairs (DCA) under the Taipei City Government is scheduled to hold a naturalization examination on Sunday, Nov. 15 for immigrants and stateless people. The registration for the test will close on Oct. 15. Qualified foreigners, immigrants, foreign spouses of the citizens of the nation, and stateless people wishing to gain the R.O.C. citizenship are welcome to apply.

Registration can be submitted at the counters of any household registration offices in various districts of Taipei or via mail.

Applicants for the examination should bring their alien residence certificates (or permanent ARCs), a two-inch color ID photo, and NT$500 registration fee.

The addresses of and contacts for household registration offices in Taipei are available at the municipal government’s Web site taipei.gov.tw.

To help applications prepare for the examination, the DCA has updated the data for past examinations and correct answers at two Web sites — ca.taipei.gov.tw/civil/imm — for reference.

Interested people can also call the “1999” service hotline for inquiries.[/quote]

Good info…but remember that if you have proof of at least 6 months of formal Chinese language studies, you can skip this marathon.

isn’t it 1 year?? when did they change it to 6 months??

I remember it was something like 1 year at any private or public Chinese Language institute or 200 hrs at the community college (more or less along these lines)…do correct me if I am wrong coz I don’t want to give the wrong information!!

I remember I was going to take this test last year and then I did not coz the certificate that I got from Shida was more than enough!!

All the best to everyone who is taking this test!!

It’s 200 hours of Chinese class, or 70 hours if you’re married to a local.

According to the certificates I still have, I have only 196 hours of class, but I took my Master’s degree in Taiwan and apparently that is also sufficient to waive the test requirements.

I just did the test. Not that bad, really. Personally I think it’s better than proof of language study, because language study doesn’t cover legal aspects etc that may be useful for you in the long run. And if you’ve studied for a year or more at a language school/university, then the Chinese in the test should be manageable enough.

Even if you do qualify not to take the test, I’d still suggest you go down to your local HHR office and get the booklet used to study for the test and look it over at your leisure. Sure, there are plenty of dumb questions, but there’s also some useful stuff.

well i did study like 15 days for the test and then realised that I could use my Shida certificate …

yes the test is quite informative ( at least some parts )…some of the questions are really weird!!

So let me get this straight. You can be a completely retarded, drooling clown. As long as you have a good memory. Fucking GOLD! :roflmao:
I swear, you can’t make this shit up.

So let me get this straight. You can be a completely retarded, drooling clown. As long as you have a good memory. Fucking GOLD! :roflmao:[/quote]
I imagine that’s the 200 questions with answers. A good memory isn’t going to help you unless you can read Chinese, though.

So let me get this straight. You can be a completely retarded, drooling clown. As long as you have a good memory. Fucking GOLD! :roflmao:
I swear, you can’t make this shit up.[/quote]

So you failed then?

So let me get this straight. You can be a completely retarded, drooling clown. As long as you have a good memory. Fucking GOLD! :roflmao:
I swear, you can’t make this shit up.[/quote]

So you failed then?[/quote]
Eh? What were we talking about again?

I agree with Bismark: even if you do not take the test, you should know its contents. There are some pretty nifty and useful bits of data there.

Another alternative is to take the public Chinese/Life in Taiwan classes they offer in community centers across the island.

Bismarck hooked me up by emailing me his translated study guide of all the questions and answers. :notworthy: I’m going to sit the next exam. Wish me luck!

Wish you all the best Norhtcoast Surfer…so is the next step taking up citizenship??

Qu1: You see a person lying in the road after a traffic accident. Do you:
A) Drive on by and ignore it as it is bad luck.
B) Stop and shout at the person that they are a ghost walker.
C) What accident? You are driving drunk.

[quote=“speed_maniac”]Wish you all the best Northcoast Surfer…so is the next step taking up citizenship??[/quote]First, let’s see if I can pass the test November 15th. I’ve never studied Chinese in a school setting. Everything I know is self taught. Therefore, I’m studying everyday and thankfully with the cheat sheet Bismarck gave me!

[quote=“TomHill”]Question 1: You see a person lying in the road after a traffic accident.

Do you:

A) Drive on by and ignore it as it is bad luck.
B) Stop and shout at the person that they are a ghost walker.
C) What accident? You are driving drunk.[/quote]Hey, I already know this one! However, you forgot to put the correct answer.

The correct answer is:

D) All of the above! :roflmao:

it will be a piece of cake !! do let us know the results!!

As a matter of interest, would a foreign Bachelor’s degree in Chinese language cover that, or is it time spent in Taiwan?

As a matter of interest, would a foreign Bachelor’s degree in Chinese language cover that, or is it time spent in Taiwan?[/quote]

The regulations stipulate that it must be a 國內 public or private school of any kind at any level.

The pertinent regulations are the 歸 化 取 得 我 國 國 籍 者 基 本 語 言 能 力 及 國 民 權 利 義 務 基 本 常 識 認 定 標 準, which I roughly translate as the Criteria for Recognition of Basic Language Proficiency and Basic Common Knowledge of Citizens’ Rights and Duties for Naturalization to Obtain ROC Citizenship.

So after a lot of procrastination, I finally walked into my Household Registration Office in San-Zhi to register for the exam. The look of trepidation on the workers’ faces that they would have to speak English to a big bad white foreigner was priceless to say the least. When I spoke Chinese they seemed extremely relieved. Everything went south from there.

NCS: I would like to register to take the Chinese language exam for naturalization.
Clerk 1: Oh, Miss Wang isn’t here. She handles those things and she’s on lunch break right now.
NCS: Ok, I see it’s 1:30pm, what time is Miss Wang due back?
Clerk 1: Momentarily.
NCS: How long is “momentarily”?
Clerk 1: Soon. Please have a seat and wait.

1:50pm arrives, but still no Miss Wang.

NCS: Listen, I need to leave now. I can come back and register tomorrow, but right now I just need to know the date, time, and location of the exam to make sure that I’ll be available to take it that day. If my schedule will allow it, I’ll come back tomorrow and register with Miss Wang.
Clerk 1: It’s in Tanshui in November.
NCS: Yes, I realize that, however, I need the exact date, time, and address for the exam.
Clerk 1: Miss Wang handles that.
NCS: Alrighty then, I’ll come back and see Miss Wang tomorrow. Can I be assured that she will be in the office bright and early tomorrow morning at 8am?
Clerk 1: No. She will be in after 1pm tomorrow.
NCS: Oh…you mean like today?! (sarcastically spoken)

2:00pm and four more clerks walk in from their extended lunch breaks. Miss Wang is not one of them. But, one of them is a man who obviously knows what’s what so he walks up to me. Although I spoke Chinese to him, he spoke crappy English to me the whole time! :fume:

Clerk 2: Can I hep you somesing?
NCS: I wanted to register for the Chinese language exam, but Miss Wang isn’t here to register me and it appears that the seven of you haven’t got a clue. So, for now, I would just settle for knowing the exact date, exact time, and exact location for the exam and perhaps tomorrow I can come and register with Miss Wang, if she decides to show up to work!
Clerk 2: May I see you ARC?
NCS: Sure. I don’t know what that has to do with anything, but here.
Clerk 3: Dis no look like ARC. No, end day, and no wife name on it.
NCS: No shit. It’s not an ARC, it’s an APRC. It has nothing to do with being married or single and it doesn’t have an expiration date. Look, I just want to know the information for the exam. Can you give it to me or not?
Clerk 2: Please wait. I go to looking for paper in office. Ok…here dis is good for you to go to here, can you read Chinese?
NCS: Yes. Of course. Hey, this is the National Immigration Branch Office in Panchiao!
Clerk 2: Yes. Dis where you need go for dis test infomations.
NCS: No, no no. HHR Offices take care of the naturalization procedures. That’s you! I’m supposed to register for the naturalization exam here, I give you a copy of my passport, a copy of my APRC, a current photo, and a $500 registration fee. In return, you register me for the exam and give me a receipt and tell me the exact date, exact time, exact location. I’ve seen many Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian mail order brides here in San-Zhi and I’m sure you have processed naturalization packages for them in the past. Does any of this sound familiar to anybody in this office?!
Clerk 1: Wow. It looks like you know more about this than us! Hmmm.
Clerk 2: Yes, we do for marry brides when dey apply for id card, but dey never take test, dey just going Chinese class at night at the school. You no want do dat?
NCS: No. I want to take the exam. Do you or do you not know anything about it?
Clerk 2: Miss Wang is do for dis. She be here tomorrow after 1:00pm. You give me you name and phone, I tell her call you later.
NCS: Thanks. Here’s my phone number. Please have Miss Wang call me anytime today.

2:10pm - I left the HHR Office, still no Miss Wang. Maybe there isn’t a Miss Wang!

I’m very proud of myself. I managed to restrain myself quite well, this time. I didn’t throw one chair, I didn’t break any glass, I didn’t yell or use bad language, and I didn’t threaten anybody with violence. Good for me! :bravo: Not surprisingly, I did not receive a phone call from Miss Wang later today. So I went out onto the good old Internet and found out the information for myself. For the northcoast, the exam is at the Household Registration Office in Tanshui on Wednesday November 18, at 9:00am in the morning. I printed out a copy of the notice I found on the Internet, and tomorrow I’m going to walk into the San-Zhi HHR Office roll it up and poke them in the eye with it! For anyone else that managed to read through this stupid post, you will find the instructions below. As Iron Lady would say…“Round 2 tomorrow”!