I recently went to renew my JFRV and was treated to a not so welcome surprise.
I was aware that the agency was changed and also changed locations in some cities.
What I was not aware of is that now they requrie those of us with JFRV's to provide a contract or bill to prove we live where we say we do. I was dismayed by this as I called them, called the foreign hotline and checked the immigration agencies home page, where I did not find this requirement. Only when I went there was I handed a card that explained that for those who provide a Household registration record in another city or county other than where they live then they must provide the contract. I have renewed this visa now 4 times, this is the first time I was asked to provide this information.
Unfortuantely for me I have not signed a contract with my landlord in five years, they don't require it and don't want to, we pay our rent fees on time, so they don't care.
We had called them and asked them if any other document could be substituted for the contact they said no. However, figuring the day before I was told that a bill would be ok, I went back to the immigration agency, I figured I could point fingers at the guy who told me I could do that if another agent rejected me. Lucky for me this time when I went back, they never asked me for any proof at all. But they did ask me for my wife's ID card copy, which I did not have and which is also not required. However, they still issued me the renewal after answering some questions about my wife. I am very thankful to that individual, regardless if they knew of the regulation or not. I will not point fingers at specific agents or say which agents did what, I do not want to jepordize or get myself in trouble by doing so...
This change in policy is really unfair and really a pain and shows complete distrust of us. Why after the last 7 years and going there to get the JFRV was it not required and then all of a sudden required? Are some of you lying to them, making the rest of us legal and legit people look bad? Or is it the goverement's attempt to try to force the agents to discriminate against us? I am quite appalled at this new policy. Even for many local citizens, many of them live in a different place than what their household registration record shows.
Furthermore, why are we limited to a three year extension? I do not want to go through the BS of applying for an APRC, and from what I understand actually the JFRV offers more benefits, particularly for working, unless that has changed.
In the US is it this much of a pain for a spouse to obtain a Greencard? From what I remember Greencards are good for like 5 years right? And then you can apply for citizenship, right? Excuse my ignorance on this as I have not even begun to look in to this for my wife because we have no plan on leaving at this minute, and I remember you have to be living int eh US to apply for the Greencard and you have to stay there without traveling for like a year or two... anyway, sorry, not an expert on that, someone else who is please comment.
Anyway, back to my.. umm, well rant.. After seven years of this nonsense I am kind of getting tried of it. Tired of being treated in some respects like a second class citizen... We are scrutinized for getting bank accounts, phone numbers, credit cards, when is it going to end? Even being married for seven years seems to prove nothing to these guys in the high government... Are we limited because we fall in to the category of all foreigners no matter where we come from? And would it be ok for us to get special treatment and those from SEA not to? I think it should be fair all across the board no matter where one is from, other than maybe China or Vietnam where we see so many of the wife's abused and forced into prostitution...
The last three times I renewed my JFRV it was like heaven, no BS, agents polite, knowlegable, willing to speak English if you wanted, didn't harass you and were very helpful. I think generally that hasn't changed other than some hardasses that either do not like us, fear for their job, feel they really do need to follow the law for the first time in their lives or fear foreigners... I don't get it.. Different day, different agent, different answer, though I am sure that is the same in all countries...
So what, should, if anything, we married expats do to resolve some of these issues? I for one am becoming very irritated with stupid senseless policies that show me nothing other than how discriminatory some government officals are...
Yes, this is somewhat of a rant, I am irriated, but I make some pretty good points right? Some things that we should really look into and stop just letting them slide by. We live here, we deserve respect also. If we had to leave Taiwan because we could not show a contract, what happens to our wifes? Or heck even our kids? Is that fair? I don't think so!
So, come on, what are we going to do about this? Just sit here and do nothing?