Hi there! I’m new to the forum. My husband and I are in our mid 30s, and have saved enough to retire by the time we’re 40. We have a 2 year old son, and another baby due in July. We are hoping to embark on an adventure by living abroad in about 4-5 years.
We are thinking about Taipei because we 1) love the food there, 2) people are friendly, 3) we want our children to learn Mandarin, 4) we want modern conveniences of a big city, and 5) the cost of living while not cheap is still less expensive than where we currently live (San Francisco).
Our plan is to move, and perhaps enroll at a local university to study Mandarin while our kids go to school during the day. We may start an online business - we’re still figuring this part out but our situation obviously poses a couple of challenges:
VISA - Since we won’t have a job there, it seems like the only option is a tourist visa but we’ll have to do visa runs, which seems highly inconvenient with 2 little ones. Are there any ways around this? Would a student visa work if we were to enroll in a university? My husband could negotiate with his company and work remotely in Taipei, but this is not our first choice.
Schools - International schools are too expensive, so we prefer to enroll our children in local schools that cater to kids whose native tongue is not Mandarin. But is this even possible if we don’t have a resident visa? And - can we apply for a resident visa given our circumstances?
Thanks in advance for your advice!