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Spotlight on APAC Series: Taiwan

In our spotlight on APAC series we round up the latest developments from across the region.  In this post we summarise some changes to immigration rules in Taiwan through March 2024.

There were a series of changes to the Immigration rules and policy in Taiwan that became effective as of 1 March 2024. 


The following changes should be noted:

  • A foreign national who is permitted to stay in Taiwan for 60 days or longer via a visitor visa (that does not state “no extension will be granted”) may apply for extension for a fee of TWD 300. Each extension cannot exceed the original permitted duration of stay and the cumulative stay cannot exceed six months.
  • A foreign national holding an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) can now apply to extend their ARC up to three months before it expires.  The previous rule stated that this could only be done one month before expiry.
  • In a focus on stricter compliance, the maximum entry ban for an overstay of a visa has been increased from three to seven years.
  • In a move towards consideration of some mitigating circumstances, an entry ban for overstay or illegal work may be halved for parents of Taiwan nationals or foreign permanent residents.
  • The fine for overstaying has been increased to a range of TWD 10,000 – 50,000 from a range of TWD 2000 – 10,000 under previous rules.

The changes mark a distinct focus on both easing and increasing restriction in differing areas of the rules.


If you would like more information on changes to Global immigration law and policy please contact [email protected] and Rachel Ang on [email protected].


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