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ARC number format is set to change in the year 2020

Taipei - The National Development Council (NDC) said Tuesday that the government is set to change the format of the Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) number to make it resemble a Taiwan National ID card.  Its change plan will be implemented by October 2020.

The issue in the ARC format has provided a distraction for foreigners based in Taiwan and has repeatedly raised foreign chambers of commerce.  NDC Minister Chen Mei-ling told the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan (ECCT) to issue their annual position paper.

Chen said the numbers contained in the ARC and Alien Permanent Resident Certificate consist of two letters and eight digits number, and this will change to one letter and nine digit numbers such as the Taiwan ID card.

In response, ECCT Chief Executive Officer Freddie Hoeglund said the chamber welcomed the change to the ARC as it would give foreign nationals greater access to online services where the current format is not always accepted.

According to the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) Statistics that once the ARC and APRC changes are implemented in October 2020, more than 1 million Taiwanese citizens will hold their new figures.  These include: 690,000 migrant workers, 30,000 foreign professionals, 300,000 foreign wives of Taiwanese citizens who do not hold a national's ID.

On the other hand, referring to ECCT's position paper Chairman Giuseppe Izzo said the chamber was very satisfied by the government's efforts to address this issue raised in ECCT in recent years.

It is because of this that much can be done especially to eliminate unfair and discriminatory treatment for foreign nationals.

ECCT also proposed in the position paper to increase flexibility in Taiwan's regulations during work hours to attract and retain foreign talent

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