ARCs Will Get New Numbering System

During an interview with AmCham Taipei’s Taiwan Business TOPICS about immigration, Minister of the Interior Hsu Kuo-yung disclosed that the current coding format for Alien Residence Certificates (ARCs) – two letters from the English alphabet followed by eight Arabic numerals – will be changed to conform with the coding format of Taiwan’s National Identity Card number issued to citizens. This change to one letter from the English alphabet followed by nine Arabic numerals is designed to provide greater convenience to foreign nationals living in Taiwan, providing another incentive for them to stay, the Minister said.

After the revision, foreign nationals will be able to shop online, book tickets, and register for medical care or various types of membership using the same procedure as Taiwanese nationals. The Ministry of the Interior says it will coordinate with other ministries and important industrial and commercial groups to help integrate the various information systems and facilities of the public and private sectors.

The International Golf Society of Taipei


The International Golf Society of Taipei (IGST) is a social group that arranges golfing and social events for all those interested in golf and making new friends.

Taiwan has many beautiful courses but arrangements can be challenging, especially if you don’t speak Chinese. IGST has 100 members of all nationalities, ages and genders. A transparent handicap system ensures golfers of all skills enjoy playing together. Learn more about the IGST here.

Non-golfing partners are welcome at social events. The regular season runs from March to November with games on two Saturdays each month.

Other opportunities include a winter playing schedule, annual overseas trip, the Taiwan Cup against Taichung and Kaohsiung golf societies, ad hoc games with other members and invitations to other golf events. See the full schedule of upcoming IGST events here. 

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IGST is also a sponsor of the upcoming 2016 AmCham Golf Scramble tournament on May 27. Click here for more details and registration