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New Office for ARCs - the National Immigration Agency
There is a new office which handles ARCs for foreign teachers in Taiwan, the National Immigration Agency. Addresses for each office are listed at the bottom of the page.
Previously, our ARCs were issued by the Foreign Affairs Police.
The new agency opened on January 2nd, 2007. The agency itself was inaugurated and all 25 offices were opened on that same day.
The offices are open 5 days a week 8am-5:30pm and do NOT close for lunch.
If you already have an ARC, any changes and amendments to it – if you added a second school, for instance – will now be handled by the National Immigration Agency. If you are getting an ARC these are the offices you will go to.
Beyond ARCs, as far as teachers & direct impact go, there is household registration. The NIA points out that when teachers move, we should go to the NIA office in our new neighborhood and update our address within 15 days. (Citizens also have to do this when they move - at the office of Household Registration Office within 4 months.)
The staff for the NIA numbers some 2,300. Many employees from the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Foreign Affairs Police were transferred into the NIA.
The agency itself falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Interior.
Officials assert that the impetus for creating the agency arose from the government's need to provide a single, streamlined resources for Taiwan's growing immigrant population. Latest government figures show that twenty percent of all marriages in Taiwan involve foreign spouses, with 12% of all births occurring to such couples. While such demographic shifts may or may not be affecting you directly, these changes have caught us in their undertow nonetheless, and we find ourselves at the office of National Immigration Affairs when it comes to all things ARC.
In general terms, an ARC is the final step in the process of getting hired to teach English in Taiwan. In most cases those steps are:
Time from Application to Completion
Who Picks Up
Council Of Labor Affairs
All photocopy documents shall be noted as same as the original and be sealed with company or owner’s seal.
When changing employer, the new employer shall submit an application form, document for transfer, photo copy of the ex-employer’ work permitand photo copy of the latest years’ income tax proving documents
Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C.
At least 7 days
National Immigration Agency Service Station
Receipt holder or Foreign Teacher with his/her passport