I’m an American heading to Taiwan from Korea at the end of this month. My school here bought me a one way ticket to Taipei, and I purchased a refundable return ticket, but I’m starting to think that due to my complicated financial situation I am not eligible for a 60 day tourist visa.
At the end of this month, 2 days before I head to Taiwan, I’ll be paid over 4,000,000 Korean won (this is about $3,300 USD) in accordance with my gov’t contract. This will be deposited into my Korean bank account, which currently contains about $1,000, and I will take all the money out immediately, buy US dollars, and take them to Taiwan. Then, 2-3 weeks later I’ll have another 2,000,000 ($1,700) deposited into my American savings account from my pension.
How do I convey this in order to get a visa? Obviously I’ll have the sufficient funds and then some, but no way to prove it in accordance with the Taiwan visa regulations. I don’t have online banking in English here, and even if I could muster up enough Korean to obtain a bank statement in person, it wouldn’t show the funds in time for me to go through the visa process.
Should I just come on a landing visa and plan a run? Trekking to the Taiwan “consulate” is a bit of a costly pain in the arse as it is, and it seems like there would be no way for me to get the 60 day anyway…