Visa (Visitor and Resident)
Foreign nationals may obtain tourist visas if they hold passports or travel documents valid for more than six months, for purposes of sightseeing, business, family visits, study or training, medical treatment, or other legitimate activities.
The Visitor Visa Application Form can be downloaded from the website of the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The completed form should be submitted to an Embassy or an overseas mission of the Republic of China (ROC) for visa issuance.
Foreign nationals who are planning to work or study in Academia Sinica are advised to apply for a "Visitor Visa" before arriving Taiwan. A "Visitor Visa" is generally valid for three months. The Institute administrator will help with the documents necessary to apply for a "Resident Visa" when the foreigner starts work/study at Academia Sinica.
Please note the following government regulation: If a foreigner who had entered the ROC with Visitor Visa is subsequently legally employed in the ROC, he/she must change the Visitor Visa to a Resident Visa. For more information, please consult the following offices.
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Address: 3~5 Fl., 2-2 Chi-Nan Rd., Sec. 1, Central Union Building North (Behind the Ministry of Education), Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
Tel: 886-2-2343-2888, 2343-2867 or 2343-2866
National Immigration Agency
Address: 15, Guangjhou St., Jhongjheng District, Taipei, Taiwan, 100-66, ROC.
Tel:886-2-2388-9393; Office Hour: 08:00-17:30 (Monday-Friday)
Foreign students who have received a formal letter of admission should apply to the nearest Embassy or an overseas mission of the Republic of China (ROC) for a visitor visa or a resident visa. As soon as you have enrolled in the university and received your student I.D..
Those who entered Taiwan with a visitor's visa will need to change to a resident visa at the Visa Section of the Bureau of Consular Affairs (address and phones are shown above); With a resident visa at hand, one can then apply for the Alien Resident Certificate (ARC).