FAQ - Dependents and Education

  • Q1: How shall a newborn foreigner in the R.O.C. apply for an ARC?

    1. With regard to a foreigner born in the R.O.C. whose father or mother has an ARC or an APRC on the date of birth, either parent shall apply for an ARC for the newborn along with a certificate of birth and 1 2"x2" photo of the newborn, an ARC (APRC) of father or mother and charge of certificate at the local NIA service center within 30 days from the day of the birth. Upon reception of a new passport, the nationality and passport validity will be noted thereon.

    2. In terms of the Nationality Act amended and enforced on February 9, 2000, any infant born in the R.O.C. with either parent as a national of the R.O.C. from February 9, 2000, is equivalent to a national of the R.O.C. and thus the birth shall be registered at the household registration office and an ARC is not needed.

  • Q2: Can dependents of foreigners working in Taiwan come to Taiwan to live with them? Are dependents allowed to work?

    Dependents of foreigners working in Taiwan may obtain residence permits to live with them. However, dependent children must be under the age of 20. Dependents who wish to work in Taiwan shall follow the rules regarding foreign professionals in the Employment Services Act to obtain permits before they may start working.

  • Q3: Can a foreigner who is not an R.O.C. national - but whose parents are citizens of the Republic of China - apply for a work permit based on his or her family relationship?
    1. 1. If the foreigner is under the age of 20 and is approved to live with an immediate family member who has a household registration in the Republic of China, he/her may apply for a work permit in accordance with Article 51 of the Employment Services Act.
    2. 2. If the foreigner is above the age of 20, he/her would not be able to apply for work permit based on his/her family relationship. He/her shall follow the rules regarding the employment of foreign professionals in the Employment Services Act and relevant regulations to apply for a work permit.
  • Q4: I have attained the age of 20; can I reside in Taiwan as a dependent of my relatives?

    No. Applicants must be minors under the age of 20 in order to apply for a resident visa for dependent minors at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Therefore, applicants who have attained the age of 20 are not allowed to reside in R.O.C. with a dependent status. If applicants want to extend their residence in R.O.C., they need to change their purposes of residence (e.g.: education, work, or other purposes of residence) at the Bureau of Consular Affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then applicants shall apply for a new ARC at the local service center of the National Immigration Agency.

  • Q5: What are the prerequisites for overseas Chinese students to enroll in national elementary schools, national high schools, overseas Chinese senior high schools, private senior high schools, senior vocational schools, junior colleges or university-affiliated five-year colleges in Taiwan?

    Pursuant to Article 9 of the "Regulations Regarding Study and Counseling Assistance for Overseas Chinese Students in Taiwan" (hereinafter referred to as "these Regulations"), students who possess legitimate residence visas or visitor visas for more than 60 days and are in compliance with Articles 2 and 3 of these Regulations have up to 90 days after entering Taiwan to submit their application with any relevant supporting documents to the OCAC for referral to the relevant education administration authority. The applications will be assigned to national elementary schools, national high schools, overseas Chinese senior high schools, private senior high schools, senior vocational schools, junior colleges or university-affiliated five-year colleges depending on the situation.

  • Q6: Do overseas Chinese students enjoy any advantages in terms of enrollment?

    1. According to the provisions of the "Regulations Regarding Study and Counseling Assistance for Overseas Chinese Students in Taiwan," Overseas Chinese student may apply for an assignment to a senior high school or a 5-year junior college during their graduation year. However, applications for public regular senior high schools shall be limited to the NOCSH. Preferential treatment for the school advancement examination stipulated in Paragraph 1 of Article 10 does not apply to the assignment of applications mentioned in the previous paragraph. However, preferential treatment for the school advancement examination stipulated in Paragraph 1 of Article 10 shall apply to applicants already assigned to the fifth grade of an elementary school by the central competent authority governing education administration prior to the promulgation of the amendment of these Regulations as of October 1, 2006.

     

    2. The preferential treatment applicable to Overseas Chinese students who return to the country and enroll at middle schools, and who would like to enroll in the next scheduled study program as new students shall be stipulated as follows and the recruitment quota for those said students shall be in addition to the recruitment quota already approved for respective schools, departments or sections by the competent authority governing education administration at any level:

    (1) For senior high school, 5-year junior colleges:
    i. Students applying for enrollment without taking an examination shall have 25% added to their total accumulated scores which will be ranked according to the over-quota comparison and ranking procedure..
    ii. Students applying for enrollment through the feature recruitments procedure shall have 25% added to their scores.

    (2) 4- year or 2- year technology institutes or 2- year vocational junior colleges:
    i. Students applying for enrollment through assignment by registration shall have 25% added to their scores. Those whose scores do not qualify for the minimum enrollment requirement at departments of 4-year technology institutes may enroll in the Overseas Chinese Students Pre-Study Program at the Taiwan Normal University and the standard admission shall be stipulated by the Overseas Chinese Students Pre-Study Program at the Taiwan Normal University.
    ii. Each school shall apply their own discretion regarding preferential treatment for students applying for enrollment through avenues other than assignment by registration.

    (3) Universities:

    i. Students applying for enrollment through examination shall have required examination subject scores increased by 25%. Those whose scores do not qualify for the minimum requirement for enrollment at a respective department may enroll in the Overseas Chinese Students Pre-Study Program at the Taiwan Normal University and the admission standards shall be stipulated by the Overseas Chinese Students Pre-Study Program at the Taiwan Normal University.

    ii. Each school shall apply their own discretion regarding preferential treatment for students applying for enrollment through avenues other than assignment by registration.. Preferential treatment for study advancement provided by Paragraph 1 for Overseas Chinese Students in their graduating year shall be limited to only one-time and is applicable only for the graduation year. Such treatment is not offered for the next study program's examination.

  • Q7: Where can foreigners study Chinese in Taiwan?

    There are 52 Chinese Learning centers located at colleges and universities throughout, offering varied Chinese courses year-round. Besides, the Steering Committee for the Test Of Proficiency-Huayu (SC-TOP), which was established under the Ministry of Education of R.O.C, develop a standardized language proficiency test and give test services for all the world Chinese learners. Please visit the website of Department of international and Cross-strait Education or Study in Taiwan (http://www.studyintaiwan.org/) for more detail of Chinese education instructions. 

  • Q8: What schools are there in the R.O.C. for international residents?

    There are 24 Private Elementary Schools, Junior and Senior High Schools, and Affiliated Preschools for International Residents (SIRs) across Taiwan, mainly in Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung, and Kaohsiung. For the latest school contact information please visit: Education Institutions for International Residents.

  • Q9: How do overseas Chinese students request transcripts of their studies in Taiwan?

    1. Application procedures: Applications may be submitted at Counter 9 of the Student Counseling Department of the OCAC either in person or by an entrusted agent with relevant supporting documents. Address of the OCAC: 3rd Floor, No. 5, Syujhou Rd., Taipei City, Tel: 02-2327-2640. Those who do not get the document on the same day will either be mailed the certificate or be notified to pick up the certificate at the OCAC when it is ready.

    2. Required documents:

    (1) Application Form for Transcripts for Overseas Chinese Students.

    (2) Proof of academic qualifications (the original and one photocopy, the original will be returned).

    (3) Proof of identity (the original and one photocopy, the original will be returned).

    (4) For those who have discontinued their study (e.g., by suspension or deferral), a supporting document issued by the school should be attached.