[quote=“sandman”]Right. There is that aspect, I suppose. Every 10 years instead of every three. Offset, though, by the minimum annual residency requirement that PARC-ers are burdened with, plus the need to get a work permit.
Swings and roundabouts, I guess. I’m in no hurry, though.[/quote]
One reason to get the PARC, if you can, is that the immigration authorities are constantly dreaming up new ways to prevent people who have met the requirements from getting them. For example, it is still very common for people to be denied if there is a ‘gap’ in there seven years caused by switching from one ARC to another, even if they gap is for just one day. And now they ask for your income records at the tax office to discover whether you have ever received income without a work permit. If you have, they say they will deport you.
Given this determination to deny legitimate applicants by hook or by crook, I say get the PARC now while you can. I for one would not to test the two year rule you mentioned. I don’t think anyone has, and I would not count on getting one this way in a pinch.
Better to have it and then give it up if you needed to live abroad for longer than than the required period. Remember that you can always apply for ‘leave’ on your PARC if you need to be out of Taiwan for an extended period to care for a parent, receive medical treatment, or study. Besides, they could drop or shorten the residence period when the law is amended the next time. I hear that the immigrant spouse advocacy groups are already working on this because the current rule burdens poor women from southeast Asia.
Maximize your residency rights as soon as you can!