Foreign students can apply for residence permits online: NIA

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The National Immigration Agency (NIA) said the applications for residence permits were three times more than usual, and applicants usually have to wait for more than two hours in the office. (Courtesy of the NIA)
The National Immigration Agency (NIA) said the applications for residence permits were three times more than usual, and applicants usually have to wait for more than two hours in the office. (Courtesy of the NIA)

TAIPEI (The China Post) —  The National Immigration Agency (NIA) recently launched an online application system for foreign students to apply for residence permits.

Foreign students still flocked to NIA on Monday to apply for their residence permit as most universities started their new semester, the NIA said while noting that they usually aim to settle administrative matters before the end of the month. 

Authorities added 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. 

 Foreign students can apply for residence permits online. (Courtesy of the NIA)
Foreign students can apply for residence permits online. (Courtesy of the NIA)

Most people don’t know, however, that 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. 

 Instruction for foreign students to apply for residence permits online (Courtesy of the NIA)
Instruction for foreign students to apply for residence permits online (Courtesy of the NIA)

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.

Click here if you want to apply for residence permits online

By Carol Kan