[quote=“bobbyanalog”]My head hurts…can’t believe that 3 day overstay has made me uneligible for my aprc…I think I would have left a while ago had i known this…I spend about an hour a day trying to find solutions and so far these are my options…
1.wait it out 3 more years
everything truly criminal can be handled with a red envelope but something as minor as this can screw you over for years…
anyone with any real knowledge know how far up one would have to go attempt a pardon on the overstay?..I think it’s actually out of the hands of the aprc issuer, from what I understand they physically cannot process the application on their computers since the overstay comes up as a red flag and cannot be bypassed…???[/quote]Ok. True story. Personal experience, no second hand information.
Once upon a time, I had a Canadian friend who consulted with me regarding the APRC, the income requirements, the time requirements, etc. I instructed him to have his employer at least declare $35,000/month of the actual $80,000/month he was making and also instructed him to not allow his working ARC to lapse for any reason. I showed him the date on his current ARC and instructed him that he needed to maintain it for 7 years from that date in order to apply for the APRC because he was not married on a JFRV. (The law hadn’t changed to 5 years yet) He did a wonderful job at renewing his ARC on time every year and he was at about the 4 year mark when he received an official letter in the mail from the local police station. We opened it on a Friday afternoon and it was a deportation order which specifically said that he had to leave Taiwan the following Monday due to cancellation of his ARC and work permit! WTF?!?! So, he called his school and asked them WTF?!? It had just been three weeks ago that he went through the annual ARC renewal procedures, health check, miraculously passing the drug screen, etc. and turned his paperwork into the secretary who filed all the paperwork and who had taken care of it for the past 3 years! Why was this happening? Answer: The school was moving locations. This was already known to everyone, however, instead of transferring the school’s current location license to the knew location, they just cancelled their license and would re-open the school with another name on paper to save the hassles of a transfer. Easier this way. When they did this, they cancelled his ARC without realizing it! Duh! Also, the secretary that had handled everything so wonderfully for the past three years was quitting because of a conflict she had with a manager and so she took my friend’s paperwork and filed it on the bottom of the inbox and took no action! OMG! So, after his work permit and ARC were cancelled, the FAP sent out the official notification that he had to get out of Taiwan by Monday! I figured he would have to get out, do a visa run, come back, reapply for a new work permit and ARC and his clock would be reset back to zero. That’s the way it should have worked, right? Yeah. But, I suggested that he take his school manager to the FAP bright and early Monday morning and that she tells them that everything was her fault or the company’s fault due to this disgruntled employee, etc. etc. zub zub, and that my friend was completely not at fault, had done his health check three weeks in advance, miraculously passing the drug screen, etc, etc. Also, to take all of the paperwork with them to show proof of their assertions, and also a fat red envelope just in case.
There was quite a bit of guanxi involved in these negotiations, but as far as my friend and I know, no red envelopes changed hands. They accepted his renewal application, backdated the paperwork, brought his ARC back to life, put a 30 day extension stamp onto his paper ARC so that the renewal could be completed in time. He didn’t have to leave Taiwan or do a visa run or get a new ARC. He didn’t have a time gap and when he hit 6 years he was able to apply for his APRC a year early because they dropped the requirement from 7 years to 5 years! He recently got his APRC! However, remember that this was back in the days of the FAP and not the National Immigration Agency and my friend never actually left Taiwan and he never dropped from ARC to visitor and then back to ARC during this time.
How about you? All might not be lost. When you spoke to the National Immigration Agency the other day, did you give them your ARC number and have them run your history or did you just mention that you had an overstay? Unless they run your ARC number they will just give you a standard blow off answer, “You had an overstay? Oh your clock gets reset.” I would go into Immigration and have them give you a print out of your record so you can visually inspect whether or not you have a status or time gap. Did you actually have to leave Taiwan due to your overstay? Did you go from an employment ARC status back to visitor visa status and then re-process a new employment ARC to include a new ARC number and date on the front? If you dropped employment ARC status to visitor visa and back to employment ARC status there is not much you can do about it. I have another friend who is in exactly the same situation as you. He has had to wait another three years from where he dumped his employment ARC status and reverted back to visitor visa and reprocessed to employment ARC status, all because he forgot to renew his ARC on time! Duh. We will submit his APRC application this coming summer.