According to the MOE, language students CAN obtain an ARC: (This was taken directly from a site buxiban.com that the MOE linked to for ARC information for students) Please note that it is MANDATORY to apply for an ARC within 15 days of receiving your Resident Visa.
“K2. What documents are needed to apply for resident visas to study Chinese? A full-time student of Chinese language school who entered Taiwan on a visitor visa may apply to change the visitor visa to a resident visa by submitting the following documents:
A set of required documents.
A certificate of enrollment issued by a Chinese language school affiliated to any of the universities accredited by the Ministry of Education or Chien Tan Overseas Chinese Youth Language Study Center (applicable for foreign students of Chinese ancestry only);
A certificate issued by any of the above mentioned accredited Chinese language schools certifying the applicant’s completion of four months of study;
A registration proof for the next term which must last for at least three months;
A record of attendance certifying that the applicant is a full-time student with minimum two hours of class a day from Monday to Friday;
A proof of sufficient funds to support the applicant’s tuition and living expenses during the period of the applicant’s intended study in Taiwan.
A health certificate…”
In reference to applying to a language school that is affiliated to an “accredited university”: TLI is making necessary steps to become affiliated to a University and, according to CLD, CLD is already affilited to a University and therefore qualify as a school worthy of visa extension and ARC approvals.
The only catch is, Resident Visas can only be applied for from overseas (for study purposes) if you have obtained a scholarship from the Taiwanese Government. Otherwise, you may only apply within Taiwan to change your Extendable Visitor Visa to a Resident Visa. The Visitor Visa must be extendable because it is required that you study for 4 months full time consecutively. Theoreticaly it would be possible to still apply for a Resident Visa on a Non-Extendable Visitor Visa by doing a very fast visa run after your 60 or 90 expiration, allowing for minimal attendence loss.
You would ONLY be required to leave Taiwan to apply for a Resident Visa (for study purposes) if you had a Non-Extendable 30 day Visitor Visa. This means you would be doing visa runs every 30 days. This would not be the ideal situation, and I would highly advise getting an extendable visitor visa before coming.
[color=red]All of this information was confirmed over the phone by the Seattle TECO office in Washington State, USA on 1/6/06[/color]