I have searched and searched over this forum for answers but everyones situation is a little different so here it goes.
I worked for a year in Taiwan and HAVE a valid arc. I am in the US now. I am planning on returning and getting a different job when I return. My ARC expires a day after I return to Taiwan-I have heard after that I have 7-14 days after that to leave the country. ok fine
In that case- While I was back in the US- I applied for ANOTHER visitor visa because I HEARD that once you have gone through the process of getting a ARC-which my school did for me- the VISITOR VISA is invalid. ( I was originally granted a 3 year,90 day,multiple-entry visitor visa).
I get a call from the TECO office in the midwest saying that my visitor visa is valid and “why am I applying for a new one”. I was caught off guard and said “well i was working”-but she said there is no residence visa in here- I told her I had a ARC. She called me back and said did not give me the VISITOR VISA as I requested and would send back my passport. QUESTION: Is it valid by just looking at it or valid by looking it up in the computer. I have seen my other coworkers VISAS and they said they were cancelled.
I am confused as what to do when I get back to Taiwan- my current employer knows about this situation and cannot offer much explanation.
Will I enter enter Taiwan on my ARC-seemingly valid looking visitor visa-or visa-exempt stamp on my passport?
Will I have to make a visa run now? If I make a visa run to HK- the HK TECO office will see my “valid” visitor visa and will say the same thing as the US TECO office-and that leaves me with a denied visitor visa! AHHHH!
Oh and is it 7-14 days I have to leave the country after expired ARC?
Thank for any insight!