We have been “on our way” to Taiwan for 6 months (travelling). My kids are fluent in Mandarin - including read and writing having attended Chinese schools their whole lives - and they want to go to a Taiwanese public primary school (highly motivated kids).
I can get an ARC once I am in Taiwan but it will take some time (Entrepreneur visa). I am moving my start up from SV to Taiwan (long story).
Anyway, I spoke with the immigration dept by phone and the officer said she “heard” that some schools let kids in before they get their ARC. But you know, it is something heard about.
I was in Taiwan last year and visited several schools and met with the principals. All said they would be happy to have my kids in their schools (showed them a video of my daughter winning a Chinese speech contest, etc.). So no issue with idea of having foreign kids in the schools.
I just don’t want to have my kids sitting at home for 2+ months. I will have to home school them and that will slow down my Taiwan integration duties.