HOW TO APPLY FOR RESIDENT VISAS AND ALIEN RESIDENT CERTIFICATES (A.R.C.) FOR FOREIGN PROFESSIONAL WORKERS? ABOUT HOW LONG IS THE PROCEDURE?

Upon receiving the work permit approval issued by Workforce Development Agency, Ministry of  Labor (i.e. WDA), foreigners who stay outside the territory of R.O.C. shall apply for a work visa at the R.O.C. embassies/consulate or representative offices (i.e. TECO), while those who stay in the territory of R.O.C. shall apply for a work visa at Bureau of Consular Affairs (i.e. BOCA). As to alien resident certificates (A.R.C.), applications shall be applied to local Service Station of National Immigration Agency (NIA). It normally takes 1-2 weeks to obtain resident visa and 10 working days to obtain ARC.

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