I could need some help with a Visa Issue I have. I am in Taiwan since the 19. August of last year to study Chinese at Shida and have my return flight at the same date of this year.
I returned to Taiwan 11. February after I got my 2. 180 days Visa in HK. After I extended my Visa for the second time in June I told the guy, that my flight was for the 19. and my Visa extension only to the 4. of August and I asked him if I should call my Travel Agency in Germany to alter my booking to a earlier flight.
He clearly said No, if I would get him the attendence papers from Shida and show him my flight I could get another extension for two weeks. I was a little confused, because I thought the Visa is only for 180 days, but my taiwanese girlfriend that we can trust him, its probably some exception regulation…
Well, yesterday I went there for my extension and we talked to the exact same guy, but now he couldn’t remember to have ever said anything like this and said we were lying and that he could only extend my VISA to the 10. of August which would be exactly 180 days. I didnt care too much, because his boss assured me, that even if I overstay that 9 days, it would only amount to a small fee of 2000 NT$.
The only thing that concerned me, was that he also mentioned I couldnt get back to Taiwan with the regular one month tourist visa for one year and I planned to come back to Taiwan in February for probably one month.
Can you guys please help me and tell me the exact penalties for overstaying in Taiwan?
Could you guys think of any alternative to solve the problem?
I guess I could still apply for a ARC, but I am really busy right now and I don’t know if its worth the trouble.