archinasia wrote:You're not alone Boomer. The government agencies here are often in the dark about the regulations they are supposed to be enforcing. Don't worry, if your child was born here to a Taiwanese mother and American father, your son can CERTAINLY renew his ARC. There are a lot of us on Forumosa who have children with ARC's. My older daughter's was just renewed yesterday.
One of the required documents is a copy of the household registration. You should appear on your wife's household registration as a note (Husband, name) not as an actual citizen or household member. If your ARC is based on marriage, this should already be done. If not, you will need a certified copy of your marriage license. My children (who are not ROC citizens) do not appear on my wife's household registration at all.
If your son is listed on a household registration (hu chi tung bin) , he does not NEED and ARC. Mr. Peter Ho is wrong. Go over his head, or take your documents and go to another office if you have to. Whatever you do, don't let his ARC expire. It will be more difficult if you do, and might require a trip out of the country.
Is your ARC based on marriage? If so, how did you get it without appearing on your wife's household registration? Do you have a Chinese birth certificate for your son with your name on it? Some hospitals have been known to refuse to put foreign fathers names on Chinese birth certificates. If you can show the paper trail that satisfactorily proves that you and your wife are the parents and that you are married to each other, you can get this done. (actually, if your son's ARC is based on joining his mother, the father does not enter into the picture at all.)
I'm really surprised that this is happening when you are RENEWING an existing ARC. Sounds weird. I think the key will be in dealing with someone else higher up the food chain.
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