Changing from a student to a employee

Hi, can anyone share his/her experience with me?
I have been chinese language student for more than a year and have ARC.
Now I joined a company and had a lot of trouble with the work-permit application.
Well, the hired agent who took care of my case was actually pain in the ass. :wink: Guess we all know, they can only pass the right papers, so you have to take care of everything.
:?: My question now is, do they really need to apply for a new resident visa in order to change the purpose of my stay from student to employee?
I was assuming only ARC will be changed, not the resident visa.
Anyway, the whole procedure is getting quite expensive.
Well, any comment welcome.

Why kind of place are you working for now?

What do you mean, “hired agent”? A teaching agent? A headhunter?

Your ARC should be the same, as they are applying for permission to work.

What do you mean, “getting quite expensive”? What are you paying for?

I think you do have to apply for another resident visa. Your current resident visa is only valid while your ARC is valid and your ARC should be cancelled as soon as you stop being a student.

For exactly how to do it, just do a little search on this forum.

Brian

[quote=“Flicka”]Why kind of place are you working for now?
Working in major semiconductor manufacturers office R&D…

What do you mean, “hired agent”? A teaching agent? A headhunter?
The human ressources lady was new on her job and so she hired an agent. So that she couldn’t fail in anything. Later she told me that I will have to pay the bill.
Your ARC should be the same, as they are applying for permission to work.
Ya, just the purpose should be changed… don’t know why I have to get new resident visa…strange…

What do you mean, “getting quite expensive”? What are you paying for?
Agent fee + all govenment fees (like work-permit application 2000, I think…Resident visa will be 3000…new ARC will be 1000)
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[quote=“Bu Lai En”]I think you do have to apply for another resident visa. Your current resident visa is only valid while your ARC is valid and your ARC should be cancelled as soon as you stop being a student.

For exactly how to do it, just do a little search on this forum.

Brian[/quote]

Sounds logical, do you know any government source where I can look this up? Actually, thats the agents job, but as you know you have to tell these chinese people exactly what they have to… :smiley:

It’s actually the responsibility of your employer.

Search the forum. I wrote all the details about getting a work permit before.

Brian

Resident visa has to be changed as your present visa forbids you to work. So it probably will get a bit more expensive. As of a few years ago, to change a Student visa into a working resident visa required a trip to the Taiwanese visa office abroad.

Applying for the work permit itself should have been free (but it might depend on which Ministry your company is under). There isn’t any need for agents/lawyers.

[quote]As of a few years ago, to change a Student visa into a working resident visa required a trip to the Taiwanese visa office abroad.
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Not neccessary if you time it right.

Brian

[quote=“Bu Lai En”][quote]As of a few years ago, to change a Student visa into a working resident visa required a trip to the Taiwanese visa office abroad.
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Not neccessary if you time it right.

Brian[/quote]

Well my student visa had around 7 months left on it when I got the working permit. I was told by the MoFA that I could not change status in Taiwan and that I had to go abroad. The company paid for the flight anyhow so it was a free shopping trip to HK. This was back in 1996 so things might have changed.