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ARC (Alien Resident Certificate)
For first time ARC application - 4 Steps
For ARC transfer ( from present school to another school ) - 3 Steps
For person who marry a Taiwanese spouse - 4 Steps
Hospital for Health Check

The Council of Labor Affairs / Labour Bureau's
Foreign Affairs Police Offices
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
Household registration offices in Taipei

ARC (Alien Resident Certificate)

What is ARC?
  • ARC is just like the identification for foreigners who plan to stay in Taiwan for a long term living.
  • What are the advantages of ARC?
  • If holding a student visa, you have to go to the police station every month, leave the country every six months, and deal with the visa offices where they might give you annoying hassles.
  • If holding a traval visa, you will be troubled with the expiration of visa.
    All these troublesome matters will no longer exist once you get ARC.
  • Who can apply for ARC?
  • Being a teacher, you need to have either a four-year degree from an accredited university, or a two-year college diploma plus a TESOL certificate. Enough hours teaching at one school with neccessary documents.
  • Being a student - holding a student visa
  • Marry a Taiwanes citizen
  • How to apply?
  • For first time application - 4 Steps
  • For ARC transfer ( from present school to another school ) - 3 Steps
  • For person who marry a Taiwanese spouse - 4 Steps


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    For first time ARC application - 4 Steps

    (1)Health Check → (2)work permit → (3)Resident Visa→ (4)ARC (Alien Resident Certificate)

    Requirements:
  • Four-year degree from an accredited university or Two-year college diploma plus a TESOL certificate
  • Passport which must be valid for the next 6 months
  • A full-time (16 working hours a week) job

  • For first time ARC application - 4 Steps

    Step (1) Health Check: Person/Employee applying for an ARC
    Place Government approved hospital (See additional information)
    Required Documents 1. Passport which must be valid for the next 6 months
    2. Two recent passport size photos (2" hotographs color or black & white)
    3. Application form
    4. Application fee
    Days for Processing 7 - 10 working days
    Fees Prices may vary from hospital to hospital, around 1000NT$
    Notice!! Be sure to get the correct tests done, there will be 3 tests, a chest x-ray, an eye test and a blood test. It usually takes approximately 2 hours to complete your tests.
    Validity 3 months
     
    Step (2) Work Permit ( Employment approval letter ): School/Employer of person/employee applying for an ARC
    Place The Council of Labor Affairs (See additional information)
    Required Documents 1. Two recent passport size photos (2" photographs color or black & white)
    2. Health check
    3. Four-year degree or Two-year college diploma plus a TESOL certificate *original document(s) not a photocopy*
    4. Application form
    5. Translation of your degree/diploma
    Days for Processing 7 - 10 working days
    Fees Schools or Emplyer should be responsible for this fee
    Notice!! If your visa expires before your work permit has been issued, there will be two options available:
    1. If you have an extendable visa, you can ask your school for the Employment approval letter (work permit) receipt which will be given to them when they hand in your application. Then you can go to your local foreign affairs police station and they can give you an extention.
    2. If you have a NON-extendable visa you will have to do a visa run (leave Taiwan) to get a new visa, be sure to take the Employment approval letter (work permit) receipt, which will make your chances a lot better to get a visa when you give the visa office the reciept and tell them your ARC is being processed.
    Validity Valid until 60 days before your contract expires with schools or employers
     
    Step (3) Resident Visa: Person/Employee applying for an ARC
    Place Ministry Of Foreign Affairs (See additional information)
    Required Documents 1. Employment approval letter (work permit)
    2. Passport which must be valid for the next 6 months
    3. Two recent passport size photos (2" photographs color or black & white)
    4. Application form
    5. Application Fee
    Days for Processing 7 working days
    Fees 3000NT$
    Notice!! If your visa expires after you handed your application in at the Ministry of Foriegn affairs, you don't have to leave the country the reason being that you will not have a passport for your trip.
    Validity Valid for 15 days starting from the pick-up date. (That means you have to go to the local Foreign affairs Police station within 15 days after the pick-up date).
     
    Step (4) ARC: Person/Employee applying for an ARC
    Place Local office of the Foreign Affairs Police (See additional information)
    Required Documents 1. Passport which must be valid for the next 6 months
    2. Two recent passport size photos (2"photographs color or black & white)
    3. Application form
    4. Application Fee
    5. Proof of residence (Contract you signed with your landlord)
    6. Contract you signed with your school (Not always necessary)
    Days for Processing 7 working days
    Fees 1000NT$ for 1 year, 2000NT$ for 2 years and 3000NT$ for 3 years
    Notice!! Remember to apply for a Re-entry permit at the same time as your application for your ARC. To extend your ARC you need to sign a new contract with your school/employer and go to the local Foreign Affairs Police Station.
    Validity Valid for one year starting from the date you signed a contract with you school/employer

    About ARC

    For ARC transfer ( from present school to another school ) - 3 Steps

    (1)Health Check → (2)Employment approval letter (work permit) → (3)ARC

    Requirements:
  • Find a new school/employer to apply for an ARC for you. You need to be hired full-time (16 working hours)
  • Apply for an ARC before you terminate your ARC with your previous school/employer

  • For ARC transfer ( from present school to another school )

    Step (1)Health Check: Person/Employee applying for an ARC
    Place Government approved hospital (See additional information)
    Required Documents 1. Passport which must be valid for the next 6 months
    2. Two recent passport size photos (2" photographs color or black & white)
    3. Application form
    4. Application fee
    Place Government approved hospital
    Days for Processing 7 - 10 working days
    Fees Prices may vary from hospital to hospital, around 1000NT$
    Notice!! Be sure to get the correct tests done, there will be 3 tests, a chest x-ray, an eye test and a blood test. It usually takes approximately 2 hours to complete your tests.
    Validity 3 months
     
    Step (2) Work Permit ( Employment approval letter ): School/Employer of person/employee applying for an ARC
    Place The Council of Labor Affairs (See additional information)
    Required Documents 1. Two recent passport size photos (2" photographs color or black & white)
    2. Health check
    3. Four-year degree or Two-year college diploma plus a TESOL certificate
    4. Application form
    Days for Processing 7 - 10 working days
    Fees Schools or Emplyer should be responsible for this fee
    Notice!! If your visa expires before your work permit has been issued, there will be two options available:
    1. If you have an extendable visa, you can ask your school for the Employment approval letter (work permit) receipt which will be given to them when they hand in your application. Then you can go to your local foreign affairs police station and they can give you an extension.
    2. If you have a NON-Extendable visa you will have to do a visa run to get a new visa, be sure to take the Employment approval letter (work permit) receipt, which will make your chances a lot better to get a visa when you give the visa office the reciept and tell them your ARC is being processed.
    Validity Valid until 60 days before your contract expires with schools or employers
     
    Step (3) → ARC: Person/Employee applying for an ARC
    Place Local office of the Foreign Affairs Police (See additional information)
    Required Documents 1. Passport which must be valid for the next 6 months
    2. Two recent passport size photos (2" photographs color or black & white)
    3. Application form
    4. Application Fee
    5. Proof of residence (Contract you signed with your landlord)
    6. Contract you signed with your school (Not always necessary)
    Days for Processing 7 working days
    Fees 1000NT$ for 1 year, 2000NT$ for 2 years and 3000NT$ for 3 years
    Notice!! Remember to apply for a Re-entry permit at the same time as your application for your ARC. To extend your ARC you need to sign a new contract with your school/employer and go to the local Foreign Affairs Police Station.
    Validity Valid for one year starting from the date you signed a contract with you school/employer

    About ARC

    For person who marry a Taiwanese spouse - 4 Steps

    (1)Health Check → (2)Household Certificate → (3)Joining Family Resident Visa → (4)ARC (Alien Resident Certificate)

    Requirements:
  • Get married to a Taiwanese citizen

  • For person who marry a Taiwanese spouse

    Step (1) Health Check: Person married to Taiwanese citizen
    Place Government approved hospital (See additional information)
    Required Documents 1. Passport which must be valid for the next 6 months
    2. Two recent passport size photos (2" photographs color or black & white)
    3. Application form
    4. Application fee
    Place Government approved hospital
    Days for Processing 7 - 10 working days
    Fees Prices may vary from hospital to hospital, around 1000NT$
    Notice!! Be sure to get the correct tests done, there will be 4 tests, an eye test, a chest x-ray, a blood test and a stool test. It usually takes approximately 2 hours to complete your tests.
    Validity 3 months
     
    Step (2) Household Certificate: Person married to Taiwanese citizen and Taiwanese citizen (papers will be in Chinese)
    Place Household Registry (See additional information)
    Required Documents Those who are married in domestic areas:
    1. Certificate of Marriage
    2. Identification paper of foreign spouse and Certificate of Bachelorhood/Spinster authenticated by an R.O.C. overseas mission and Chinese translation of the Certificate (those from Southeast Asian countries shall be re-authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
    3. Household Register
    4. Identification card and seal
    Those who are married overseas:
    1. Certificate of Marriage authenticated by an R.O.C. overseas mission and its Chinese translation
    2. Household Register
    3. Identification card and seal
    4. Identification paper of foreign spouse
    Days for Processing Processed while you wait
    Fees Schools or Emplyer should be responsible for this fee
    Notice!! Be sure to have a Chinese name and you should be able to write your name in Chinese.
    Validity  
     
    Step (3) → Joining Family Resident Visa: Person married to Taiwanese citizen
    Place Ministry of Foreign Affairs (See additional information)
    Required Documents 1. Passport which must be valid for the next 6 months
    2. Two recent passport size photos (2" photographs color or black & white)
    3. Application form
    4. Application fee
    5. Household registration certificateand papers
    6.Certificate of Marriage Registration issued by applicant's native government (For those countries with no marriage registration system, please present in the Certificate of Marriage)
    7. Certificate for No Criminal Record or Certificate of good-conduct and a traslation (if you have been in Taiwan for a period of five years and being here each year for longer than 183 days a Criminal record will not be necessary)
    8. Health check
    Days for Processing 7 - 10 working days
    Fees 3000NT$
    Notice!! If the above documents, from item 6 to item 8 are made abroad, they shall be authenticated by an R.O.C. overseas mission first,and if they are made in any language other than Chinese or English, Chinese or English translation must be attached.
    Validity 3 months
     
    Step (4) → ARC: Person married to Taiwanese citizen
    Place Local office of the Foreign Affairs Police (See additional information)
    Required Documents 1. Passport which must be valid for the next 6 months
    2. Two recent passport size photos (2" photographs color or black & white)
    3. Application Form
    4. Application Fee5. Household certificate
    Days for Processing 7 working days
    Fees 1000NT$ for 1 year, 2000NT$ for 2 years and 3000NT$ for 3 years
    Notice!! Remember to apply for a Re-entry permit at the same time as your application for your ARC
    Validity Valid for one year (if given a one year ARC)

    About ARC


    Hospital for Health Check

    Location
    City (County)
    Hospital's Name
    Northern
    Taiwan
    Yilan CountyYilan County

    St. Mary's Hospital

    Lo-Tung Pohai Hospital

    Keelung City

    Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital Keelung Hospital

    Taipei City

    Taipei Veterans General Hospital

    National Taiwan University Hospital (KungKuan Branch not designated)

    Cathay General Hospital

    Taipei City Hospital, Zhongxing Branch

    Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital

    Taipei City Hospital, Jen-Ai Branch

    Taipei City Hospital, Yang-Ming Branch

    Taipei City Hospital, Zhongxiao Branch

    Taipei City Hospital, Hoping Branch

    Taipei Municipal Wan-Fang Hospital

    Armed Forces Songshan Hospital

    Taiwan Adventist Hospital

    Mackay Memorial Hospital Main Branch and Tamshui Branch Hospital

    Taipei County

    Far Eastern Memorial Hospital

    Cardinal Tien Hospital

    En Chu Kong Hospital

    Taoyuan City

    Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital Lin-Kou Medical Center

    Tao-Yuan General Hospital, Department of Health

    Min-Sheng General Hospital

    Li Shin Hospital

    Armed Forces Tao-Yuan General Hospital

    Tao Yuan Veterans Hospital

    Hsinchu City

    Hsin Chu General Hospital, Department of Health

    Miaoli County

    Miao-Li General Hospital, Department of Health

    Central Taiwan
    Taichung County

    Armed Forces Taichung General Hospital

    Kuang Tien General Hospital

    Tungs'Taichung Metro Harbor Hospital Wu Chi Main Hospital

    Feng-Yuan Hospital, Department of Health

    Lee's General Hospital Dajia Branch

    Jen-Ai Hospital

    Taichung City

    Taichung Veterans General Hospital

    China Medical University Hospital

    Chung Shan Medical University Hospital

    Taichung Hospital,Department of Health

    Cheng Ching Hospital Chung Kang Branch

    Changhua County

    Changhua Christian Hospital

    Show Chwan Memorial Hospital

    Southern
    Taiwan
    Chiayi City

    Chiayi Christian Hospital

    St. Martin De Porres Hospital

    Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital, Da Lin

    Tainan City

    National Cheng Kung University Hospital

    Tainan Hospital, Department of Health

    Tainan Municipal Hospital

    Sin Lau Hospital The Presbyterian Church of Taiwan

    Tainan County

    Chi Mei Medical Center (Main Branch and Tainan Branch Hospital)

    Kaohsiung City

    Kaohsiung Medical University Chung Ho Memorial Hospital

    Zuoying Armed Forces Hospital

    Yuan's General Hospital

    Kaohsiung Military General Hospital

    Kaohsiung Municipal Hsiao-Kang Hospital

    Kaohsiung Municipal Min-Sheng Hospital

    Kaohsiung County

    Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital Kaohsiung Hospital

    E-Da Hospital

    Pingtung County

    Tian-Sheng Memorial Hospital

    Eastern
    Taiwan

    Hualien County

    Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital, Hua Lien

    Mennonite Christian Hospital

    Off-shore
    Island
    Kinmen County

    Kimen County Hospital

    Penghu County

    Armed Forces Penghu Hospital

    Penghu County

    Penghu Hospital,Department of Health

    Lienchiang County

    Lienchiang County Hospital


    About ARC

    The Council of Labor Affairs / Labour Bureau's

    Location
    City (County)
    Authorized Authority

    Address

    Telephone No.
    Northern
    Taiwan
    Keelung City

    Social Bureau

    1,Yi 1st Rd,Keelung City
    02-24201122ext. 284

    Ilan County

    Social Bureau

    451,Ho Ping Rd,Ilan City

    03-9364567 ext. 1642
    Taipei City
    Foreign Labor Affair Division,Vocational Training Bureau,CLA

    83,Yen Ping N Rd,Sec2,Taipei City

    02-85902322

    Labor Bureau

    1,Shi Fu Rd,Taipei City

    02-27596660

    Taipei County

    Labor Bureau

    161,Zhung Shan Rd,Sec1,Banchiao City

    02-29686333ext. 245

    Taoyuan County

    Labor Bureau

    1,Xien Fu Rd,Taoyuan City

    03-3341728

    Hsinchu City

    Labor Bureau

    120,Zhung Zheng Rd,Hsinchu City

    03-5216121ext. 304

    Hsinchu County

    Labor Bureau

    10,Guang Ming 6th Rd,Chubei City

    03-5519442

    Miaoli County

    Social Bureau
    100,Xien Fu Rd,Miaoli City
    037357040
    Central Taiwan
    Taichung City
    Labor Bureau
    4F,100 Min Quan Rd,Taichung City
    04-2276508 ext. 25
    Taichung County
    Labor Bureau
    36,Yang Ming St,Fengyuan City

    04-25233484

    Changhua County

    Labor Bureau

    8F,100,Chung Xing Rd,Changhua City

    04-7222151 ext. 1032

    Nantou County

    Social Bureau

    600,Zhung Xing Rd,Nantou City

    0492222106 ext. 557

    Yunlin County

    Social Bureau

    515,Yun Lin Rd,Sec2,Doulio City

    05-5371542

    Southern
    Taiwan

    Chiayi City

    Social Bureau
    1,Min Sheng N Rd,Chiayi City
    05-2231920
    Chiayi County

    Social Bureau

    1,Xiang Ho 2nd Rd, E Sec,Taibao City

    05-3620900ext.106~109
    Tainan City
    Labor Division
    261,Nan Men Rd,Tainan City
    6-2991111ext. 8374

    Tainan County

    Labor Bureau

    36,Min Zhi Rd,Xinying City

    06-6373463

    Kaohsiung County

    Labor Bureau

    3F,117 Da Pi Rd,Niaosung

    07-7338842
    Pingtung County

    Social Bureau

    527,Zi Yio Rd,Pingtung City

    08-7341634
    Eastern
    Taiwan

    Taitung County

    Labor Section

    276,Zhung Shan Rd,Taitung City
    089326141 ext. 240

    Hualien County

    Social Bureau
    17,Fu Qien Rd,Hualien City
    03-8225377
    Off-shore
    Island
    Penghu County

    Social Bureau

    32,Zhi Ping Rd,Magung City
    06-9270907
    Kinmen County
    Social Section

    60,Min Sheng Rd,Jincheng,Kinmen

    08-2373291
    Lienchiang County

    Social Section

    76,Jieshou Village,Nangan
    08-3622485

    About ARC

    Foreign Affairs Police Offices

    Location
    City (County)
    Offices

    Address

    Telephone No.
    Northern
    Taiwan
    Keelung City

    Foreign Affairs Section , Keelung Harbor Police Office

    5-1,Jhongjheng Rd,Keelung City
    Foreign Affairs Section , Keelung City Police Bureau
    205,Sin 2nd Rd,Keelung City
    Taipei City
    Foreign Affairs Division, NPA

    7,Jhongsiao E Rd,Sec1,Taipei City

    Foreign Affairs Police Corps , NPA

    7,Jhongsiao E Rd,Sec1,Taipei City

    Fourth Division of Immigration Office
    15,Guangjhou St,Taipei City
    96,Yanping S Rd,Taipei City
    Taipei County
    Alien Detention Center , NPA
    150,Dapu Rd,Sansia,Taipei County
    Taoyuan County
    Passport and Visa Inspection Brigade , Aviation Police Office
    27,Hangcin N Rd,Pusin,Dayuan,Taoyuan County
    Foreign Affairs Unit, Aviation Police Office
    27,Hangcin N Rd, Pusin, Dayuan, Taoyuan County
    Foreign Affairs Section Division, Taoyuan County Police Bureau
    3,Sianfu Rd,Taoyuan County
    Hsinchu City

    Foreign Affairs Section, Hsinchu City Police Bureau

    1,Jhongshan Rd,Hsinchu City

    Hsinchu County

    Foreign Affairs Section , Hsinchu County Police Bureau

    12,Guangming 6th Rd,Jhubei,Hsinchu County

    03-5557953
    aven@mail.hchpb.gov.tw

    Miaoli County

    Foreign Affairs Section , Miaoli County Police Bureau
    2,Fucian Rd,Jhongmiao,Miaoli County
    Central Taiwan
    Taichung City
    Foreign Affairs Section, Taichung City Police Bureau
    588,Wensin Rd,Sec2,Taichung City
    Taichung County
    Foreign Affairs Section, Taichung Harbor Police Office
    2,Jhongheng 4th Rd,Wuci,Taichung County

    04-26565849
    thpb0301@mail.thpb.gov.tw

    Foreign Affairs Section , Taichung County Police Bureau
    225,Jhongshan Rd,Fongyuan,Taichung County
    Changhua County

    Foreign Affairs Section, Changhua County Police Bureau

    778,Jhongjheng Rd,Sec2,Changhua County

    Nantou County

    Foreign Affairs Section, Nantou County Police Bureau

    669,Jhongsin Rd,Nantou County

    04-92234302
    fad@mail.ncpb.gov.tw

    Yunlin County

    Foreign Affairs Section, Yunlin County Police Bureau

    100,Dasyue Rd,Sec3,Douliou,Yunling County

    05-5329033
    fap@mail.ylhpb.gov.tw

    Southern
    Taiwan

    Chiayi City

    Foreign Affairs Section, Chiayi City Police Bureau
    4, Jinshan Road, Chiayi City
    Chiayi County

    Foreign Affairs Section, Chiayi County Police Bureau

    3,Sianghe 1st Rd,E Sec,Taibao,Chiayi County

    Tainan City
    Foreign Affairs Section, Tainan City Police Bureau
    37,Nanmen Rd,Tainan City

    Tainan County

    Foreign Affairs Section, Tainan County Police Bureau

    3,Jhongjheng Rd,Sinyin,Tainan County

    Kaohsiung City
    Foreign Affairs Division, Kaohsiung Harbor Police Office
    24,Fonglai Rd,Gushan,Kaohsiung City
    260,Jhongjheng 4th Rd,Cianjin, Kaohsiung City
    07-2215796
    fap@kmph.gov.tw

    Kaohsiung County

    Foreign Affairs Section, Kaohsiung County Police Bureau

    388,Guangyuan Rd,Fongshan,Kaohsiung County

    Pingtung County

    Foreign Affairs Section, Pingtung County Police Bureau

    119,Jhongjheng Rd,Pingtung County

    Eastern
    Taiwan

    Taitung County

    Foreign Affairs Section, Taitung County Police Bureau

    268,Jhongshan Rd,Taitung County

    Hualien County

    Foreign Affairs Section, Hualien County Police Bureau
    21,Fucian Rd,Hualien County
    Off-shore
    Island
    Penghu County

    Foreign Affairs Section, Penghu County Police Bureau

    36,Jhihping Rd,Magong,Penghu County
    Kinmen County
    Foreign Affairs Section, Kinmen County Police Bureau

    15,Jinshan Rd,Jincheng,Kinmen County

    Lienchiang County

    Foreign Affairs Section, Lienchiang Lianjiang County Police Bureau

    260,Jieshou,Nangan,Lienchiang County

    About ARC

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)

    Location
    City (County)
    Bureau of Consular Affairs

    Contact Info.

    Fax
    Northern
    Taiwan
    Taipei City
    3F-5F, 2-2 Ji Nan Road, Sec. 1, Taipei
    Operator, Vocal & Auto Feed Reverse: 02-23432888
    02-23432968
    Official Passport: 02-23432806
    02-23432851
    Passport Information 02-23432807, 02-23432808
    02-23432819
    Visa Counter: 02-23432866, 02-23432867
    -
    Visa Information: 02-23432885, 02-23432895
    02-23432883
    Document & Certificate Counter:02-23432965
    -
    Document & Certificate Information: 02-23432913, 02-23432914, 02-23432920
    -
    Central Taiwan
    Taichung City
    9F, 216 Min Quan Road,Taichung

    04-22222799

    04-22222950

    Southern
    Taiwan
    Kaohsiung City

    2F 436 Cheng Gung 1st Road, Kaohsiung

    07-2110605

    07-2110523
    Eastern
    Taiwan

    Hualien

    6F 371 Zhung Shan Road, Hualien
    03-8331041
    03-8330970

    About ARC

    Household registration offices in Taipei

    Area:
    Address:
    Phone number:
    Songshan District
    4/5 F, 692 Bade Rd., Sec. 4, Taipei
    02-27533043
    Xinyi District
    2F, 15 Xinyi Rd., Sec. 5, Taipei
    02-27323977
    Daan District
    86 Xinsheng S. Rd., Sec. 2, Taipei
    02-23587877
    Zhongshan District
    2F, 367 Songjiang Rd., Taipei
    02-25032461
    Zhongzheng District
    4F, 8 Roosevelt Rd., Sec. 1, Taipei
    02-23948838
    Datong District
    3F-1, 57 Changji St., Taipei
    02-25942569 2-25966504
    Wanhua District I
    4F, 120 Heping w. Rd., Sec. 3, Taipei
    02-23069281 02-23062706
    Wanhua District II
    4F, 120 Heping w. Rd., Sec. 3, Taipei
    02-23064921
    Wenshan District I
    2F, 220 Muzha Rd., Sec. 3, Taipei
    02-29395885
    Wenshan District II
    3F, 160 Xinglong Rd., Sec. 2, Taipei
    02-29314505 02-29323819
    Nangang District
    4F, 360 Nangang Rd., Sec. 1, Taipei
    02-27825196 02-27825546
    Neihu District
    3F, 99 Minquan E. Rd., Sec. 6, Taipei
    02-27912277~9
    Shilin District
    3F, 439 Zhongzheng Rd., Taipei
    02-28803252~7
    Beitou District
    3F, 30 Xinshi St., Taipei
    02-28924170
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