Steve4nLanguage wrote:I want to make sure I understand one point, though. The step-by-step guide on page 1 by rk1951 is the correct, up-to-date procedure for Americans, except for the Chinese translation of the FBI Background Check, correct?
Steve4nLanguage wrote:As I understand, previously you could use the translation template that Northcoast Surfer or rk1951 provided, plug in your own information, include this translation with the English version, send them to TECRO, and for an additional fee the TECRO office would authenticate both the English and Chinese versions.
1. My five-year ARC date will be May 30, 2013. However, the official application procedure on page 1 states that the applicant must reside in Taiwan 183 days for each year. So, does that mean I can't really apply until 183 days have passed in 2013 (July 2nd)?
2. For the health check, this thread's link of valid hospitals doesn't work for me (http://www.forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.php?f=67&t=80053&start=480#p1282650). Can I just go to the same hospital that does my ARC health check every year?
Icon wrote:Steve, the very first step is to GO to NIA, DO NOT CALL, GO, and have them check your records to see if you are eligible. Do not move a finger until you have their green light.
There could be a gap somewhere in your stay, they are the only ones who know if you have to wait more time and how long, they will give you a list of requisites and send you on your merry way. You will become acquainted with the officials in charge and get a number to call when you hit a bump.
Steve4nLanguage wrote:Thanks all. It's still a year away, and I'll definitely check with the NIA before starting to gather all of the paperwork.
I was just curious if anyone knew about the 5th year. For example, if someone arrived on Jan 2, 2008, then their 5 years would be up on Jan 2, 2013, but they wouldn't have been in Taiwan for 183 days yet in the 2013 calendar year.
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