Aight here’s what Tammy and I just went through. Tammy got her gold card application accepted and received a “Foreign Professionals Online Application Platform - Passport Submission Notice.” You’ve gotta take this thing to a TECO with your passport to get it verified, allegedly.
Of course as we know getting a hold of the San Francisco office is impossible. But we got a lot of information when we snuck around and went to Houston TECO instead.
First, the emergency phone number guy in SF is polite but sick and tired of people trying to game the system by going through him lol. Don’t try it, he’ll just send you to 4153627681
The 4153627681 lady’s voicemail is full. If you hear an automated robot voice, you’ve already failed to get through. Luckily that happens within a second if she’s busy. So just immediately hang up and call her back until you get her. She’s there, just I guess literally on the phone nonstop her entire workday. Try to be patient with her, like damn that sounds shitty.
However, that lady doesn’t believe gold card stuff is her responsibility. She’s the “visa and taiwan passport” lady, and the gold card isn’t a visa (she giggled when she said this. I think things are getting weiiiird over there). That’s Angela’s job.
Angela’s phone number is 415 364 5632. She’s really nice. She’s the go to gold card lady.
So here it is from the horse’s mouth, Angela the gold card goddess:
- Get a return envelope (i.e. prepaid and addressed to you)
- Get your passport OR a notarized copy of your passport (you’ve got to find a notary that can do “content” and not just “verification.” Basically just drive to every UPS store in your city until you find the magic bureaucrat).
- Print off your “Foreign Professionals Online Application Platform - Passport Submission Notice.”
Put all three in an envelope and mail it to the San Francisco TECO office, suite 501. Either no ATTN is required or if you want you can ATTN the VISA DIVISION or straight up just Angela.
This is San Francisco information only, for reference, though this failed for us, Houston’s is different:
In Houston, you can go in.
- Your passport
- Your printed off Passport Submission Notice
- A notarized copy of your passport
- 15 dollars CASH ONLY.
to Houston. They might verify your passport and send it to Taiwan, they might not. They decided not to for us. They are a fickle office lol, and have been for about 8 years (I played games with them a decade ago to get a work visa).