I’m planning on heading over to Taiwan in about a month and am now freaking out. Korea requires an FBI background check but I have heard countless times that I will not need one to work in a buxiban or apply for an ARC in Taiwan. But then again I’ve also heard rumors that maybe I do need one?
I don’t have any marks on my record (at least i shouldn’t!) but I’m wondering if anyone has any insight on this? I’m supposed to head over in about a month and am now freaked out that if I do need one it’ll be too late.
You’re worrying way too much. Even if a law is passed, nothing is going to go into effect between now and when you get here. And despite what you read most cram-schools don’t want to deal with that shit. They just want a warm foreign body in a classroom now. They’re not going to wait 3 months for an official FBI clearance of your record. And the few that do, well, just try different places. Far more don’t than do.
For sure. Thanks. I suppose I’m more worried about a possible change in requirements for an ARC rather than a buxiban job. I’d hate to slip through the cracks by getting there, and then having some random new law pass.
Right on. And yeah I looked at that but it seemed like it was all in Chinese. Will have to see if there’s a way to translate. And yeah just from all the weird law-related horror stories I’ve read on here I wouldn’t be surprised if they change that and then poof suddenly I can’t get an arc type of thing. We shall see
The other day, I happened to come across a job advertisement for a Taiwanese buxiban. It stated very clearly that you would need a “good conduct certification” for all ACRS issued from June 14, 2017 (I believe that was the date). What that means - I do not know. Is that a formal FBI criminal background check for Americans, to include fingerprinting? Or does it mean something a bit less complicated? Anyways, if you were to come to Taiwan on a visa and convert to an ACR, (now possibly requiring a FBI formal check), the process could take a few months, considering the fingerprinting involved, etc. I cannot see impatient, run-of-the-mill buxibans being this stringent. But it does appear to be the new rule. To what degree it will be enforced - no clue.
Interestingly enough, it doesn’t seem that this new rule will apply to those teaching adults or university students. It only seems to be applicable to teachers working with students aged 18 and under. And naturally so, if you come to Taiwan to work in another profession (translator, etc.), I highly doubt you will ever need to get such a certificate, unless your employer requires it of you.
This is all “political”, in the hopes of quashing fears over “dangerous” overseas teachers.
The only other change I saw in the new ACR regulations was the elimination of HIV verification in the medical blood test (can no longer test for HIV). I reckon that was abolished two years ago, or something like that.
But, I must say in finishing up: getting fingerprinted with a full FBI criminal background check is a real headache, especially when doing it from overseas (which is often the case for those who come to Taiwan on a whim to teach English).
Seriously about to freak out. I’m at an FBI channeler here in the states. I was hoping I could get the process expedited as they are offering to livescan fingerprints. But now they’re telling me that live Scan won’t work if I want it to get apostilled. Taiwan doesn’t accept an apostille but does have a process similar (getting it legalized/authenticated through sec of state in DC). Which takes months they say.
Now the question is… Is Taiwan going to require a potential FBI check to be authorized.??? I have no idea and no idea where to look now. I don’t want to pack up and fly all the way over with my expensive/expedited FBI check only to not be granted an ARC because it wasn’t authenticated…
So lost on this. Do I cancel all my plans to come over due to the risk of this?