It turns out the bureaucrats can't agree who's actually in charge of sorting out the details. Meanwhile...
Since the amendment took effect, 74 applications for work visas from prospective teachers have remained in limbo at the labor ministry, he said.
Chen asked Yen when the interpretation would be issued, to which Yen replied: “Within a month.”
The real tragedy, of course, is that
“Some parents who have paid tuition are demanding refunds, but a more serious problem is that cram schools’ reputations have been damaged,” Chiu said.
There's an easy way they could fix this temporarily.
The ministries should relax the rules by allowing foreigners to sign an affidavit guaranteeing that they have no history of criminal activity in their home nations before granting them a grace period to obtain the documents issued by their governments, he said, adding that in the case of US applicants, it can take up to six months for the FBI to issue such documents.
Of course, that doesn't mean they'll actually do it.