Hi there, I'm currently in Taoyuan on a Working Holiday visa and am looking to acquire a work permit>residents visa>ARC and have spent all day researching so I thought I might be able to answer a few of your questions.
I'm not entirely sure how I should answer this as I'm not sure if I'm correct, so instead this is what I would do (or would try). I would arrange with my employer ahead of time to apply for my work permit (you need a work permit to apply for a resident visa). I'm not sure if it's possible to apply for a resident visa from the US but I would definitely try (it's nice to have everything sorted when you land, makes it much less stressful). If he has both of them when he lands I believe he has to go to apply for ARC within 15 days of landing or obtaining resident visa.
From what I believe, if he has a visiting visa and he applies for a resident visa after he has landed in Taiwan then he doesn't need to exit to change his visitors visa to a residents visa. But if he entered on visa-exempt then he applies for a residents visa he will need to leave the country.
From what I understand an ARC is not a visa, it is merely proof of a visa. I believe that they don't put resident visas in your passport (but they will come up on the computer when your passport is processed)...so it's there, we just can't see it. ARC is proof of the resident visa.
Paid or unpaid, any kind of work needs to have a working visa/work permit. So he will have to get a work permit. I'm on a working holiday visa (I can stay in Taiwan for up to a year and work for any one employer for up to 90 days). A working holiday visa won't be any good for him if the internship is 6 months. (I'm not sure if a W.H. visa is just a NZ/Taiwan thing as I haven't seen anyone else mention it on here)
In addition to this forum, I have found these resources the most informative.
foreigner.hccg.gov.tw/en/home.js ... iness5.jsp
immigration.gov.tw/ct.asp?xI ... 74&mp=se05
Hope this is correct, and please correct me if I am wrong.
Q. I have a Bachelor of Design (hons) and secured employment (and currently on a working holiday visa) and am wanting to apply for a work permit and then change to a Residents visa. I have been told that I need proof of my education (I am arranging to have my degree scanned and sent to me) but am having trouble with having proof of work experience, the only work experience I have is just retail work. The job I will be going into is entry level. Will I be okay not providing anything? I will be providing my CV which has my (irrelevant to my field) work experience, will that be enough?
Also, someone mentioned earlier being nervous about his multi-media dipolma and was nervous about their education meeting minimum requirements. First off, I'm sick of people referring to arts and design degrees as not REAL degrees (I paid just as much and worked just as hard for it), but alas, I am used to that criticism. Will a Bdes (Hons) be sufficient?
Sorry for the mega long post, I'm feeling confident in my application but some reassurance would be fantastic, the job I'm in is the dream job and I'd hate to lose it over something like working visas.