One 'manager' in the Xinbei NIA office managed to nearly get me barred from re-entry when they cancelled my ARC when I was overseas before handing me my TARC.
The immigration officer at the airport then stamped my passport visa free admission 3 months and told me I needed to get a resident visa lol.
Had to go the NIA office where they were telling me 'this shouldn't happen'..but it did because you fools cancelled my ARC before giving me my TARC.
(PS an important detail about the TARC, you do get to keep your original ARC number which is a united ID number, and they also give you another household ID number. I was worried about this as changing number might cause issues withlabour insurance and also contracts that I have, I still
use my ARC number for eveything)
Then they made up a story saying I shouldn't have travelled but there was no such restriction nor was there any instruction to not travel. I had asked them for a date on when I would receive the TARC but all they do is send you a text and call you randomly in the next day to pick it up.
The Senior NIA officer then spent an hour on the phone with MOFA officials to tell them they needed to sort out their procedures. Then he went into the computer system and changed my re-entry record. At least he was very helpful.
I did hear him referring to '新的國際法、 a few times.
Through this whole process nobody has sat down and explained anything to me. I have to extract information myself bit by bit and mostly by my own research online.
The documentation and regulations are spread between three or four departments or agencies (household registration office who check documents and 'advise', ministry of interior who validate the residence documents and issue cert of naturalization, NIA who issue the TARC, ministry of foreign affairs who issue the passports).
When I complained to the senior NIA officer that the 1 year exit rule is an impossibility and really weird he just said I can do it in 2 years or 5 years. There's no point to go into
It because he didn't make the law did he?
There's nobody to actually talk to and there is not really a proper 'citizenship' process. It's just a bunch of certificates and documents on the way to getting a national ID. One day I might get the ID card and that's it. That why I said the whole process is also very uninspiring! They are going about it all wrong.
The most interesting part so far was applying for the Taiwan (overseas) passport along with Taiwanese people and how it was processed so quickly, it only took 3 days.