First time poster but I’ve been reading the forums for a while. Lots of good information but my situation is somewhat unusual.
I’m 18, a US citizen, with no Taiwan passport or any identification. My mom was born and raised in Taiwan, and maintained her passport, hukou, health insurance, owned property etc because we traveled to Taiwan once or twice every year. My parents never applied for my citizenship when I was younger, because they figured I could always do it later. However, last year, my mom died from cancer.
I asked at TECO about this, and they said it’s easier to get citizenship while I’m under 20, so I gathered all the documents and tried to apply over the summer. When we showed up at the government agency, they said that I have everything needed - except that my mom has to be physically present. Somehow, because she’s not alive, they couldn’t confirm that I was her daughter. They said to go back to the US and ask TECO to try something else.
I went to TECO yesterday, and this “something else” seems to be the passport without ID number method. They said that I need the original copies of my birth certificate and mom’s hukou, even though the agency in Taiwan accepted and stamped copies of both. They also said that they have no idea what the next steps are, once I have the passport, just that I should ask in Taiwan. From my research, I think I would need a TARC, then a work permit, followed by a year of stay.
I’m concerned that I will run into the same issues again when I try to apply for a TARC in Taiwan. Is it necessary for my mom to be there when I present the documents? What documents do I need that are different from the under 20 method? I think the only thing is the FBI background check - is that correct? Is there any difference by my age now?
I am planning to live in Taiwan for around three months beginning in January, but won’t be able to stay a full year. I’m not sure if I can get everything done by then. Can I stay in Taiwan for more than 90-days on a passport without ID? Am I allowed to volunteer or take random classes (say, art classes) with just the passport?
It’s been an incredibly frustrating situation for me, so any advice would be appreciated.