Foreign students flocked to the National Immigration Agency (NIA) on Monday to apply for their residence permit. As most of the universities started their new semester, the NIA said that students usually aim to settle administrative matters before the end of the month. Accordingly, authorities stressed that there were three times more applications for residence permits than usual, meaning that applicants had to wait in line for up to 2 hours in the Taipei office.
Most people don’t know, however, the NIA has launched an online application system that allows foreign students apply online for various issues, including registering or extending residence permit, as well as changing the registration information.
Applying for a residence permit in person can take up to ten days to process, while applying online only takes five days, said the NIA who called on international students to make good use of this convenient system and save time, instead of waiting endlessly in the NIA office.
By 4-Way Voice Liana Lai (賴正琳) | Translated by Carol Kan