Everything is back to square one for me because of legal requirements

I came to Taiwan last year, applying for work as an English teacher. I soon realised that teaching English is not something I wanted to pursuit as I have no passion in teaching or ever though of becoming a professional teacher. They made me taught , it’s just a waste of time. I don’t even like to entertain young children that constantly make fun of me. Soon I found a job in an marketing firm. Pay is not high but nature of job is stable and more challenging compared to teaching. Everything turns out fine until the 2nd week, when they told me they could not proceed a working visa because I do not have 2 years of working experience. I’ve graduated in 2010 and even with all my expeiences it does not add up to 2 years, now I am forced to resign if there is no other solution. I don’t want to go drifting around the streets of Taiwan ain or going back to teaching. I am Asian and English teaching is not a career for me compared to the white man. People I’ve met often question me why I want to become a teacher as I have a totally unrelevant degree, they don’t realise that this is the only thing I could do as a foreigner. Is there any other way out for me?

Which means that I could not get a job except teaching. This is insane, now I realised that Taiwan is not a free country, it is not America, not Europe, not a migrant soceity, here laws are enacted to discriminate foreigners, no matter you are American, Chinese or Indian if you do not have an ID you are an alien. Here dreams cannot be fulfilled. I shall stay in Taiwan until my visa expries,(I have recently renewned my visa) I may probably get deported, from now on I will do whatever I want to. Experience what I do not, I may find myself on the wrong side of the law. I will try whatever means to earn money, try whatever ways to survive, TIA (THIS IS TAIWAN) so long farewell my friends.

And who gave you a job as an English teacher?

I have a feeling the “two year experience” rule is bendable, depending on how bad your new employer wants you. Good luck!

White man think um english teaching standards have slipped even further this year.

You are quite obviously not cut out to be an English teacher (although not primarily for the reasons you state) so why stick around in Taiwan? The world is a big place if you want to travel, and Taiwan’s working environment isn’t even good to local employees, nevermind foreigners. The other standard option for staying here is a student visa, either studying Chinese or (usually) a postgrad degree. Bursaries and grants are available.

Not to put too unsympathetic a point on it, but the two-year experience requirement is not exactly news. You have the obligation to inform yourself about the laws in place before you move across the world to take a job.

I agree with the posters above – the world is a big place. Taiwan is probably not the place for you to get ahead at this point. Your English is not native-like and you don’t have the paper credentials that would allow you to teach anyway, plus you don’t like teaching. Those don’t sound like good reasons to stick in Taiwan, unless there are family reasons to do so.

And I think we’ve all learned a valuable lesson here. We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto. Taiwan has the right to enact any laws it pleases. For what it’s worth, I don’t think that a law requiring a non-citizen to have 2 years of relevant work experience before they start teaching (and incidentally making salaries double or more those earned by citizens in the same positions) is particularly onerous. Two years of experience is nothing, unless you are a new grad with no skills, no work experience and no idea of what the world is all about. Then it looms huge. Pay your dues, Grasshopper.

The second lesson is that just because you have a dream, you do not automatically have the corresponding right to fulfill it. That’s a valuable step on the road to being in your 30s right there.

Is that really enforced?

Im a newb to all of this and I really don’t quite understand the whole work visa/permit application process… I have recently been in talks with an architecture company and they are willing to help me with the work visa, but they are going to try me out for 60 days for no compensation whatsoever…and if they don’t like me then I just go home…I have also been told by an HR person that they tried out an Aussie for a while, but didn’t like them due to a difference in a westernized education and lack of language skills. She also mentioned that I would have a better chance in Taiwan if I taught english. Is that fishy or what?

This process has proven to be quite a headache on my part…I have 1.6 yrs of experience through mostly internships that are mostly in the government/non-profit field. I qualify for everything else, but with this info, does that mean I can’t get a work visa? And…therefore should not pursue this?

well said ironlady. :bravo:
Laws are made to protect people.
Similar rules as this ones exist in almost every country.
When my family migrated to Switzerland it was very tough for us.
We’ve been living there for 40 years and I still can not get the citizenship.
Compared to other countries, Taiwan is actually very relaxed on labor immigration.
Not to mention its so easy to integrate here. The people and culture are brilliant.

…and try getting a visa to work in the US or Europe, much more difficult for me than Taiwan.

White man think um english teaching standards have slipped even further this year.

You are quite obviously not cut out to be an English teacher (although not primarily for the reasons you state) so why stick around in Taiwan? The world is a big place if you want to travel, and Taiwan’s working environment isn’t even good to local employees, nevermind foreigners. The other standard option for staying here is a student visa, either studying Chinese or (usually) a postgrad degree. Bursaries and grants are available.[/quote]

I am Chinese and I do not have to study it.

[quote=“jkipp”]
Not to mention its so easy to integrate here.[/quote]

Don’t know about that, so much.

[quote=“cupcakery”]Is that really enforced?

Im a newb to all of this and I really don’t quite understand the whole work visa/permit application process… I have recently been in talks with an architecture company and they are willing to help me with the work visa, but they are going to try me out for 60 days for no compensation whatsoever…and if they don’t like me then I just go home…I have also been told by an HR person that they tried out an Aussie for a while, but didn’t like them due to a difference in a westernized education and lack of language skills. She also mentioned that I would have a better chance in Taiwan if I taught english. Is that fishy or what?

This process has proven to be quite a headache on my part…I have 1.6 yrs of experience through mostly internships that are mostly in the government/non-profit field. I qualify for everything else, but with this info, does that mean I can’t get a work visa? And…therefore should not pursue this?[/quote]

Why are you in Taiwan trying to get a job if you haven’t bothered to familiarize yourself with the law? :astonished:

[quote=“cupcakery”] I have recently been in talks with an architecture company and they are willing to help me with the work visa, but they are going to try me out for 60 days for no compensation whatsoever…and if they don’t like me then I just go home…I have also been told by an HR person that they tried out an Aussie for a while, but didn’t like them due to a difference in a westernized education and lack of language skills. She also mentioned that I would have a better chance in Taiwan if I taught english. Is that fishy or what?

[/quote]

Are you seriously going to work illegally for 2 months for no money? :astonished:

Knowing that at the end of it they’ll likely find some reason not to keep you, just as they did with the previous person and will probably do with the next.

Best wishes on a full recovery.
Most countries have laws to keep the foreign scum from rising. At least in Taiwan I can still get away with going about my daily beeswax whilst carrying no ID whatsoever. Even though apparently it is the law of the this land that we must carry ze paipers wiz uz et ell thymes!
I refuse to carry ID with me in my own native land, much to the ire and consternation of bored beat cops, and I most certainly will not start up such a loathsome practice in this cuntry.

Don’t worry about the wrong side of the law. This whole kultur allows for much meandering in the spirit. Just think ahead, and don’t get caught in the letter. All business on this rock has thus as a modus operandi.
:whistle:

:notworthy: Thank you almighty posters. Well actually I am still in the US and doing research on this topic. I just wanted to see if anyone else has met up with the same type of situation. So…working without compensation is a crime? I am a bit shocked because there is someone else organizing this for me too. He has also worked for this company as a foreigner from the US and has posted this as an internship abroad program on an industry association website. (Northern California American Planning Assoc.)

[quote=“jkipp”]
When my family migrated to Switzerland it was very tough for us.
We’ve been living there for 40 years and I still can not get the citizenship.[/quote]

Either you are a clueless troll (too many clichés fulfilled in your posts so far) , or you definitely did something wrong. If you grow up in Switzerland, you may get the citizenship after a few years. Otherwise, after 12 years given that you speak an official language and displayed the will to integrate yourself into society.

[wikipedia]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss_nationality_law[/wikipedia]

If you want to work, you need a work permit. Doesn’t matter whether they pay you nothing or pay you millions.

But I truly don’t understand why you’d want to work for free for 60 days. :eh:

Well, thanks CFimage, for keeping it real. It was a dream for me to work in taiwan and be with my relatives after graduation. Also, it’s not much better in the states…I would have to wait a whole 5 yrs for the economy to pick up again and even post offices are closing because of a lack of government funding…so what can I do? :cry:

You could move to Angola, or Zambia, or Botswana.

You could move to Colombia, Panama, or Guatemala.

You could move to Laos, Cambodia, or Burma.

All lands of (relative) opportunity.

You could even get a new set of relatives over there, and then your family would be there with you too!