jlick wrote:twocs wrote:They took some effort on the Q and A, and I found that some things that the old Foreign Affairs Police were saying were not true. For example, they used to say that once you get married, the clock starts over on permanent residency. However, it is clear that if you have lived in Taiwan for seven years, you can also get residency.
Um, I don't recall the FAP ever claiming otherwise. The claim was always that if you wanted to qualify under the shorter 5 year period, it had to be from the time of receiving your ARC on basis of marriage, otherwise you would have to qualify under the 7 year rule. The controversy is whether or not someone who has, for example, had residency for 5 years, but has only been married for 3 years would qualify or not. The law is unclear on the point, though the FAP had always said that if you want to qualify under the 5 year rule, those 5 years must be after obtaining the JFRV ARC on basis of marriage.
I'm just repeating what was told to me by the FAP. I spoke to the "information desk" and asked very clearly. The man said that the seven years of residency rule could not count if it was under different kinds of ARC, such as a work ARC for 4 years plus being married for 3 years. I'd have to wait two more years to qualify under a marriage ARC. Now, I know that is not right, and the NIA website also says that view of the law is not right either. If you have lived in Taiwan legally for 7 years, you must apply for your PARC within 2 years or you will not get it.
If you wait more than 2 years after living in Taiwan legally for 7 years to apply for PARC, you have missed the deadline for applying. How about if you have been married between 5-7 years and would qualify on the basis of marriage?