Short-term and long-term visas, application requirements, waiting times, advantages and disadvantages of stay vs. resident visas, who needs an ARC, and why do people opt for permanent residency
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Coming to Taiwan in the next 30 days. My spouse will have an ARC and a work permit. Will she be eligible for National Health Care? I am coming along as well. I will not be working but plan to apply for a dependent ARC. Would I be eligible for health care?
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The National Health Insurance Act stipulates that foreigners who are legal residents of Taiwan (including from Hong Kong, Macau and China) must either be registered in the health insurance program by their employer starting the day they are employed or should enroll in the program on their own four months to the day after they obtain legal residency. The following conditions apply:
-Foreign students: Foreign students can apply to be covered under the program by their school.
-Those with fixed employers: Those with a steady job can register for the program through their employers.
-The unemployed who can qualify as dependents of their spouses or blood relatives: Individuals in this category who have established residency continuously for four months can enroll in the program through the insurance registration organizations of their spouses or relatives.
-Individuals without stable employment who also do not qualify as dependents: Persons in this category who have established residency for four months should register for health insurance coverage at the administrative office in the area where they reside.
-Company chairpersons/owners: They should enroll in the program through their company four months after they establish legal residency.
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