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FAQ - Visa Extension and Expiration Issues

  • Q1: If an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) holder needs to extend their residency in Taiwan for reasons of force majeure or for some other important reason, how will this be dealt with?

    If a foreigner who entered Taiwan with a resident visa needs to extend their residency in Taiwan, they should apply to the National Immigration Agency, bringing with them the relevant identity documents and other evidences (if the application is rejected, the application fee will not be refunded). Persons falling into the following categories may not have their stay in Taiwan extended:

    1. Persons who entered Taiwan through non-visa entry or with a landing visa.

    2. Persons who have already exceeded their permitted stay in Taiwan.

    3. Persons who have changed their visa category since entering Taiwan. A foreigner holding a 60-day visa that is not stamped "no extension permitted" may apply to the National Immigration Agency to have their visa extended, on presentation of the relevant documents.

  • Q2: If an individual’s passport has expired, how can they extend their Alien Resident Certificate?

    Foreigners who have overstayed within 90 days may visit the airport or port border affairs corps for fines and all the formalities to leave the country; nevertheless, foreigners who have overstayed over 91 days must take a statement to the local specialized operation brigades and visit service centers to complete the aforementioned procedure.

    They will then be ordered to leave Taiwan within a specified number of days. The individual may then apply for a new resident visa after leaving Taiwan. Though, aliens overstay the period of their residence for less than 30days and the reasons for the application for the residence submitted originally remain unchanged, they can reapply to the local Immigration service center for residence after being fined pursuant to Subparagraph 4 of Article 85 of Immigration Act.

  • Q3: If an individual fails to extend their Alien Resident Certificate before its expiry, how will this be dealt with?

    If an individual has failed to extend their Alien Resident Certificate before its expiry, they should go to their Immigration service center to pay the stipulated fine; they will then be ordered to leave Taiwan within a specified number of days. The individual may then apply for a new resident visa after leaving Taiwan. Though, aliens overstay the period of their residence for less than 30days and the reasons for the application for the residence submitted originally remain unchanged, they can reapply to the local Immigration service center for residence after being fined pursuant to Subparagraph 4 of Article 85 of Immigration Act.

  • Q4: If a foreigner suffers an occupational injury while employed in Taiwan and has to undergo medical treatment for a period that will exceed the validity of their ARCS, can an ARC extension be arranged?

    If a foreigner suffers an occupational injury while employed in Taiwan and has to extend their residence, they shall apply to local Immigration service center for an extension within 30 days before their residence expires. An application form, their passports, ARCS, occupational injury certificates, and doctor's certificates(which  must specify the period of time for which the foreigner will need to receive treatment)are needed when they apply for their extension.