As of today, my application for an APRC is complete. All I can do now is wait. Without resting on my laurels, it's taken three months to gather all the required documents. Below is a log I kept to help myself keep track of the process and which I hope will prove useful to anyone setting out on the path to Permanence. I twice chose to fork out NT$625 to DHL documents to the UK, which I consider well worth it, since if you fall out of the three-month window that your UK pseudo-Clear Criminal Record Document (CCRD) is valid for, the multitude of other costs (medical, the CCRD itself, taxi rides during rushed lunch breaks, appearance of grey hairs) go the same way as the Jin Pai.
If I was to do it all again, I'd start with getting down to the National Immigration Agency (NIA; No. 15, Guangzhou St, Taipei City) and picking up a copy of the instructions for applying for the APRC - they are lengthy, comprehensive and interesting for their idosyncratic variation of Roman numerals.
4 January, 2008
Prepared application for Clear Criminal Record Document (CCRD). Post on Monday (registered post).
7 January, 2008
Application for CCRD posted (gua hao).
23 January, 2008
Received notification from Avon and Somerset Police that CCRD application has arrived.
20 February, 2008
Received CCRD from Avon and Somerset Police (dated 10 Feb, 2008)
Called NIA hotline (0800-024-111) to ask about CCRD document: do not need to translate. Needs to be authenticated by Taipei Rep Office in London.
25 February, 2008
Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Legalisation service:
http://www.fco.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pag ... 7029391440
Sent CCRD via DHL (Shipment Air Waybill 260 9514 106; NT$625) to The Legalisation Office, Old Admiralty Building, The Mall, London SW1A 2LG, enclosing: 1) cover letter, CCRD (+ copy), payment form
7 March, 2008
Legalised CCRD received from FCO.
10 March, 2008
Authentication of legalized CCRD - Bankers draft for £14.50 from HSBC (NT$1,104, incl NT$200 fee that’ll be refunded next month). Sent (DHL, NT$625) to: Taipei Representative Office (TRO) in the UK, 50 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0EB (020-7881 2650), enclosing: 1) document for authentication (already legalized by FCO), 2) copy of document, 3) completed application form, 4) copy of passport (data page), 5) banker’s draft (demand draft) for £14.50 (£7.50 fee plus £7.00 for International Recorded Delivery), 5) self-addressed envelope.
13 March, 2008
Visited NIA for clarification on what documents I still need.
19 March, 2008
Authenticated CCRD received from TRO in UK.
21 March, 2008
Local CCRD – applied for at Taipei City Police, No.96, Yanping S. Rd (entrance on Chunghua Road) NT$250. Pick up on Thurs 27 March. Form available at: http://eservice.mytaipei.tw/hypage.cgi? ... uid=157005
Medical examination – at Mackay Memorial Hospital (corner of Minsheng/Zhongshan). Needed passport, ARC and three photos. Faeces sample required. NT$1,090. Pick up on Fri 28 March.
31 March, 2008
Picked up medical test certificate.
Picked up local CCRD.
Went to NIA. Contrary to information given to colleague when she renewed my ARC, I must make an appointment to see the immigration officer before submitting application, not the other way around. Immigration officer was in the middle of an interview, but was good enough to go through my paperwork to check what I still needed:
• working permit for past 7 whole years – one original and two photocopies
• salary w/holding statements for past 3 years
• extra copy (ie, two copies) of entire content of my current and previous passport
• salary w/holding statement (x2) for past 3 years – from tax office
• income list for past 3 years – from tax office
He also made an interview appointment with me: Thurs 10 April, 10am
2 April, 2008
Made extra copies of passport
Spoke to ***** at the tax office (臺北市國稅局服務科 包文凱, Tel: 886-2-23113899 ext. ***, Fax: 886-2-23891051, Email: email@example.com
). Info from him on these:
• salary w/holding statement (x2) for past 3 years – from tax office – can get from him (same day, not at lunchtime)
• income list for past 3 years – can get from tax office general counter (take ARC/passport)
Missing – one ***** work permit (emailed HR with a request for company HR records to be checked); some monthly payment slips (could substitute with full-year withholding statement??)
3 April, 2008
Received from HR: Employment certificate and copy of previous work permit.
7 April, 2008
Went to tax office. Having rung ahead, photocopies of tax with-holding statements were waiting for me. Income list handled by general desk and handed to me after a five-minute wait.
10 April, 2008
Two-hour interview at NIA. All paperwork in order (I had to sign every single photocopied page), except one – UK CCRD must be translated into Chinese and the translation must be notarized by a local court. ***** is handling translation/notarization for me. Original of translation plus a copy will be delivered to Mr ****, or to Counter 15 for Mr *****. Will need to wait for up to two months for application to be processed. Told that APRC holder must be present in Taiwan for 183 days or more a year.
11 April, 2008
Notarised translation delivered (Tina Chen, Winkler Partners, 2311 2345 .ext 638, one-stop service for translation, notarisation and delivery) to Mr **** at NIA.
• Wait and hope