The Republic of China, Taiwan has seen an immense increase in international students in the year 2018-19.
As per reports issued by Taiwan’s Ministry of Education (MOE), 126,997 students from all over the world accounted for round about 10% of all college and university students studying in the Republic of China (Taiwan) for 2018.
The report also tells that China was the highest source of overseas students’ arrival, accounting for almost 30,000 overseas students while the 2nd highest source was Malaysia with 1717 overseas students.
According to the 2019 Global Peace Index rankings, Taiwan became the 6th most peaceful country in Asia-Pacific. Moreover, Taiwan is absolutely a dreamland with architectural landmarks and scenic national parks so it’s a definite reason why students would consider it their next destination to pursue their education.
But, before applying for a student visa for Taiwan, a candidate must know how certain are they about the international student visa process. Let’s discuss what you need to know:
Student visa types
According to the Asia Exchange (AE), if exchange students’ total length of stay in Taiwan exceeds 90 days but not 180 days, they should apply for a Visitor Visa at a Taipei Representative Office.
Asia Exchange is an independent program provider, based in Finland. It provides academic study abroad semesters for students at internationally accredited universities in China, Taiwan, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, and New Zealand.
But if an international student needs to stay in Taiwan for more than 180 days and planning to be a full-time university student then s/he must apply for a Resident Visa at a Taipei Representative Office.
Remember, within 15 days from the next day of students’ arrival, Resident Visa holders will need to apply for the Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) and Re-entry Permit at the National Immigration Agency, the Ministry of the Interior in Taipei. The international students can stay in Taiwan as long as their Alien Resident Certificates are valid.
Moreover, international students should be aware of application documents and payment methods as they may vary in different countries. So the best way is to consult the nearest office location.
To apply for a visa you will need to visit Taiwan’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website: https://visawebapp.boca.gov.tw/BOCA_EVISA/