I went to the MOFA yesterday afternoon. (I went there right after I wrote my last message at this forum.) I applied for a 60-day Visitor Visa, and they told me that I will get it 5 calendar days (3 business days) later, which will be next Tuesday.
That is not correct. In fact, there are four different kinds of 60-day Visitor Visas:
- Single Entry, with no work authorization
- Multiple Entry, with no work authorization
- Single Entry, with work authorization
- Multiple Entry, with work authorization
For the first two kinds of Visitor Visas, there is a stamp on the visa that says something like "The holder of this visa is not allowed to be employed in Taiwan."
If I pretended that I was just sight seeing or visiting friends, then they would give me one of the first two kinds of Visitor Visas, and then I would not be allowed to work in Taiwan. But if I tell them either that I am looking for a job or that I already have a job, then they would give me the third or fourth kind of Visitor Visa.
In fact, when I was at the MOFA yesterday, they only asked me two questions:
- Why do you want a Visitor Visa?
- Do you want Single Entry or Multiple Entry?
For my answer to Question #1, I told them that I want to get a Visitor Visa because even though my visa status was "visa exempt," I have been working for the last two months. And they didn't care at all that I was working with no visa! In fact, after I told them that I was currently working, they said "Then you definitely need to get a Visitor Visa that has work authorization. In that case, you need to give us two copies of your work permit. And in addition, you also have to give us two passport-sized photographs, the Visitor Visa form (which must be filled out online and then printed out before arriving at the MOFA), and 5600 NT." And then they said "When you filled out the Visitor Visa form, I hope you wrote down your current place of employment, so that you can get work authorization." (Fortunately, I already did.)
For my answer to Question #2, I told them that I want a Multiple Entry visa. (And I already indicated this on the form that I filled out online and printed out.)
I'll do that next week, after I get my 60-day Visitor Visa with work authorization.
As I said yesterday, I can not get a new ARC because my current work contract is for only six months. And anyway, my clock won't get set back to zero (hopefully) because less than two years ago, I had an ARC, and at that time, I was qualified to get an APRC. So according to the "two-year rule," I should still be eligible to get an ARPC, even without currently having an ARC.
I'm not sure whether or not BOCA is part of MOFA. But I know that 60-day Visitor Visas are issued at the MOFA and ARC's are issued at the BOCA.
By the way, even though it is legal to work with a Visitor Visa (as long as it is the kind that has work authorization) or with no visa at all ("visa exempt"), this situation is supposed to be for only a few months, during the time when your school is applying for your work permit.