As I have gathered from reading some of the posts here, Taiwan doesn’t offer the option of Residence Visa (or ARC later) for parents of foreigners. Not even if a foreigner becomes a Taiwanese citizen.
- The best you can get them is a 3 months visit visa + visa runs
- You can get 6 months visa for your parents if you have a gold card (but this doesn’t work once you get citizenship and lose your gold card “privileges”)
It’s unbelievable that even a Taiwanese “citizen” can’t get their foreign parents a simple 1 year residence visa (we aren’t even talking about permanent residence). Shouldn’t that be a basic right ? It’s really cruel. Especially when you see how attached local born Taiwanese are to their parents. Most Taiwanese that I know care for their parents, and visit them as often as they can.
So, how come the Taiwanese government don’t see naturalized Taiwanese citizens the same way ? As regular people who may have a desire to be near their parents, and be able to care for them, especially when they are old and frail, and have no where else to go.
- Someone here said Taiwan used to give ARCs to parents, until this system was somehow abused by Southeast Asian spouses. Instead of reforming they just scrapped it altogether.
- Is there anything currently being done on this ? Or anything that can be done ?
My dad is 70+ and has a Alzheimer’s and really needs someone to care for him. I am the only one in the family who’s capable financially and otherwise. But it’s just the stupid laws here, ones that assume that a Taiwanese with foreign parents don’t need to see them more than 3 months at a time.
I don’t know if anyone has ever considered leaving Taiwan over this, but I have definitely thought about it. I am hoping something changes by the time I complete by Taiwanese naturalization. If not, I’ll probably have to move to some other country where they have a more humane approach to this. US is looking like a better option then.