Hello, everyone. I am new on here.
Anyways, as relates to the topic at hand:
The other day, I happened to come across a job advertisement for a Taiwanese buxiban. It stated very clearly that you would need a "good conduct certification" for all ACRS issued from June 14, 2017 (I believe that was the date). What that means - I do not know. Is that a formal FBI criminal background check for Americans, to include fingerprinting? Or does it mean something a bit less complicated? Anyways, if you were to come to Taiwan on a visa and convert to an ACR, (now possibly requiring a FBI formal check), the process could take a few months, considering the fingerprinting involved, etc. I cannot see impatient, run-of-the-mill buxibans being this stringent. But it does appear to be the new rule. To what degree it will be enforced - no clue.
Interestingly enough, it doesn't seem that this new rule will apply to those teaching adults or university students. It only seems to be applicable to teachers working with students aged 18 and under. And naturally so, if you come to Taiwan to work in another profession (translator, etc.), I highly doubt you will ever need to get such a certificate, unless your employer requires it of you.
This is all "political", in the hopes of quashing fears over "dangerous" overseas teachers.
The only other change I saw in the new ACR regulations was the elimination of HIV verification in the medical blood test (can no longer test for HIV). I reckon that was abolished two years ago, or something like that.
But, I must say in finishing up: getting fingerprinted with a full FBI criminal background check is a real headache, especially when doing it from overseas (which is often the case for those who come to Taiwan on a whim to teach English).