So I booked a flight for June 12 and my ARC renews Aug 1. The health check was delayed and my boss just submitted the paperwork to the labor board for my work permit today and she says it takes 5-10 biz days so not in time for my flight. I asked immigration but they were only willing to extend my ARC 1 month so basically Sept 1 and I return the end of September so that won't work.
In past years I asked for the 6 month travel Taiwan ARC so that there is no break in my arc. they wont give it to me this time because they want a termination letter from my boss, but she doesn't want to give me the letter because apparently the ministry has made it much harder for new applications for teachers including requiring a criminal check from Canada which she says takes months along with other requirements. So no termination letter. Immigration lady says, no termination letter, no 6 month travel ARC.
Apparently even if I have a family member that lives in Taiwan willing to submit my documents for me as they will still be in Taiwan, that is not good enough, i need a notarized statement from Canada at the TECO office along with notarized ARC, work permit, etc, etc, a royal pain in the ass.
This is a part rant but also if anyone is familiar with any other options, id be all ears.
As it stands now, I would have to cancel my flight and lose the $1000. I told that to the immigration lady who shrugged and said its my choice, lose the money or lose my 5 years continuous residence. No skin off her nose.
My boss says, don't worry, just leave and come back and get a new visa when you come in, that way the work permit will still be valid and then she will just submit it, but then there goes my 5 years