Ok - I’ll try to keep this story short - please stay with me…
10 years ago I was infected with syphilis from my ex-wife (A lovely parting gift). I was subsequently treated for the infection and never had a relapse.
Fast forward - I came to Taiwan in 2004 and went through the normal health check procedures at Taipei City Hospital. All systems normal.
This year - I just completed my health check and there was a problem. My syphillis test came back with slight antibody trace in the report. I immeiately saw the doctor who examined me and determined that I was in perfect health. It seems that once you receive such a serious infection in your body you may/may not show trace antibodies for many years to come (If not forever).
Ok - Today - Today my employer got a call from The Ministry of Labor saying that they are not willing to renew my ARC for 3 years (My renewed contract was for 3 years) because of this latest health check.
When I received the initial report from the hospital, and was seen by the doctor he certified (In writing and by his chit) that I was in perfect health - that the blood test was a false positive result. Further, he issued a certification letter from the hospital explaining exactly this to the Ministry of Labor (Should of course they have any questions)
I guess I need your help. The ministry is only willing to renew one year for me now - they want me to have a health check each and every year.
If this is the case I won’t be able to get a license (illegal scooter), settle down or plan any sort of long term goals in Taiwan.
Do I have a fight here? Should I challenge this insanity? What is my recourse, who can I turn to for help. My initial reaction is to go down there and have a face-to-face with the agent and her manager - can you advise my best course of action?