I went to renew my ARC today at the Taipei County Foreign Affairs Police station in Banqiao and was told that I can no longer receive a three-year extension.
A woman in the office told me there’s a new policy whereby the standard renewal is limited to one year. People who have children living with them (as listed on the Household Registration Certificate) are eligible for a two-year renewal. And people who have ailing spouses needing long-term care can receive three-year extentions.
What the @#$%?!
I asked to see a copy of this new rule. The woman said her boss had earlier passed it around for everyone to read, but that there wasn’t a copy she could give me. She said this was done to help counter people gaining long-term residency based on phony marriages.
Is this really the government’s policy now? If not, what should we do?
If it’s real, then that’s another reason to get “permanent” residency.