Q1 How to apply for a visa? What type of visa should I apply for?
Students should apply and present the CLTSC admission letter to the nearest ROC embassy, consulate, or representative agency for a visitor visa. Admission letters are only valid for the term applied for. Be sure to apply for a visitor visa specifying study at the CLTSC (visa code: FR.)
Q2 How long can I stay on a visitor visa?
Usually, FR visas allow holders to remain in Taiwan for 60 or 90 days. Extendable visas may be extended for a maximum stay of up to 180 days. If visas are non- extendable or when no further extensions are granted, the holders must leave Taiwan to obtain a new visa.
Q3 My country is on the list of 30-days visa exempt countries. Can I come to study without applying for a visa?
As a 30-day visa-exempt entry is not extendable, students must leave Taiwan to apply for a new visa from abroad after the visa exemption period expires. For students’ convenience, we do not recommend students to come to Taiwan on 30-day visa exempt entry since a regular term at CLTSC lasts for 3 months.
Q4 My country is on the list of 90-days visa exempt countries. Can I come to study without applying for a visa?
As 90-days visa-exempt entry allows students enough time to complete one term’s study with CLTSC, it is possible to come to Taiwan without applying for a visa. However, you may miss a few days of class depending on the date of your entry, please consult CLTSC's calendar before making your travel plans. Make sure your passport has at least 6-months of validity upon entry. You must also present a confirmed seat reservation for departure to the immigration officers. Attention: 90-days visa-exempt entry is not extendable (except for UK & Canada citizens,) students must leave Taiwan and enter again if they wish to continue their studies. If you plan to study in Taiwan for a longer period of time and do not wish to leave Taiwan every 90 days, we still recommend that you obtain an extendable visa before coming to Taiwan.
Q5 My visa will EXPIRE just a few days before the last day for class. Can I still extend my visa to complete my study?
If the expiration date is not far away from the last day of class, students may apply for an extension for a short grace period (usually no more than 10 days) so they can complete their study and leave Taiwan without applying for a new visa. However, please note that only the Immigration Agency holds the authority to grant/deny extensions.
Q6 I want to study for more than three terms and will stay in Taiwan for more than 180 days. During my study, can I apply for a visa without leaving Taiwan?
Students who have studied in the CLTSC for 4 months consecutively and have never left Taiwan during the period can apply for a resident visa if they wish to study for three terms or more. With a resident visa, they may apply for an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC). Please note that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs sometimes requires a guarantor before a resident visa can be issued. CLTSC does not act as a guarantor for any student.
Q7 How to apply for a Resident visa for studying Chinese?
Please submit the following items to the Bureau of Consular Affairs to apply for a resident visa:
(1) Certificate of Enrollment (must include Enrollment for the next term also)
(2) Certificate of Attendance
(3) Health Check Result
(4) Financial Statement (the equivalent value of NT$ 80,000 at minimum)
(5) Study Plan
(6) Resident Visa Application Form
(7) Two 2-inch photos
(8) Original passport
(9) Photocopy of passport
It takes 2 weeks to process the application. To avoid your visitor visa expiring before your resident visa application is granted, you must submit your resident visa application one month before your visitor visa expires.
Q8 I am admitted to an undergraduate/postgraduate degree program. Can I change my visa for language studies to a resident visa for degree studies?
If you have a visitor visa for language studies and want to change it to a resident visa for degree studies, you need to submit the following items to the Bureau of Consular Affairs:
(1) University's admission letter
(2) Certificate of Enrollment & Certificate of Attendance issued by the language center
(3) Student attendance record in the language center
(4) Student ID of the language center
(5) Resident Visa Application Form
(6) Two 2-inch passport photos (the color of the background must be white)
(7) Original passport
(8) Photocopy of passport
(9) Health Check Result
(10) Financial Statement
(11) The original diploma of the highest degree, accompanied by the original and a photocopy of translation notarized by a Taiwan consulate.
(12) The photocopy of the diploma of the highest degree, accompanied by the original and a photocopy of translation notarized by a Taiwan consulate.
(13) Notice for registration and tuition payment issued by the university.(NT$ 150,000 at minimum)
You must apply for a change of your resident visa application before your visitor visa expires at the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Q9 I am studying in another language center. Can I transfer to NTTU next term?
Yes. You need to apply and register in the CLTSC first. Then, take:
(1)Certificate of Enrollment issued by your current language center
(2)Record of Attendance issued by your current language center
(3)Certificate of Enrollment issued by the CLTSC
(4)Admission Letter issued by the CLTSC in order to change the language center stated on your visa at the National Immigration Agency.
Q10 Can I take a part-time job if I stay in Taiwan on a visa for language studies?
Students who have studied in a language center for one year and have an ARC can apply for a part-time work permit. Foreigners who don't have a work permit cannot work in Taiwan. To apply for a work permit, CLTSC students must go to CLTSC office to apply for CLTSC's approval to apply for a work permit. After obtaining the approval, submit your application to the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training. For more information, please contact with our center.
Q11 Can I apply for a one-year worth of classes then apply for a visa?
No. CLTSC's academic terms are only 3-months long, and you can only apply for one term (or 1-month summer session) each time. Applicants can use the admission letter to apply for a 60- or 90-days extendable visitor visa for language studies. If you want to study for more than one term, please pay for the next term's tuition fee at the end of the current term. Please extend your visa two weeks to one month before your period of stay is reached.
Q12 I already studied Chinese in Taiwan for 2 years. If I want to continue studying, can I extend my ARC?
ARCs for language studies can only be extended for up to 2 years. After the period of stay reaches 2 years, you need to leave the country, and re-apply for another visitor visa for language studies with the documents issued by the language center and other required documents. However, your visa application approval remains under the discretion of Taiwan's visa officers.
Q13 I just resigned from my job, can I change my ARC for employment to an ACR for language studies?
No, you cannot change your visa to a different purpose of stay in Taiwan. You need to leave Taiwan and take the following items in order to apply for a visitor visa for language studies (visa code: FR) in a Taiwan consulates overseas.
(1) CLTSC's admission letter
(2) Other documents for visa application
Q14 Can I take my children to Taiwan while I am studying Chinese here?
You can apply for a visitor visa for dependent relatives after you receive an ARC for language studies. However, the CLTSC is bound by the government's law to take tuition payment for one term only each time. As a result, your children cannot apply for a resident visa for dependent relatives until after you receive your ARC.