I will go to Taiwan as an exchange student from 2nd September 2009 to 24th January 2010.
My exchange university (Ming Chuan University in Taipei) told me to get a Visitor Visa (valid for 60 days) and simply extend it twice while I’m in Taiwan.
Given the fact that I want to travel around Asia a bit before my exchange studies start, I decided to get my visa now already, which might have been a bad decision, because I wasn’t aware that the Visitor Visa is valid for 6 month from the date of issue instead of from the date of entry.
Anyway, my visa has a ‘Enter before’ date of 5th December 2009 and as I said I’ll enter Taiwan on the 2nd September. That means that I have to extend it for the first time at the end of October, which should be no problem seeing as I have all the necessary documents from my university and it is well before the ‘Enter before’ date. However, I have to extend it again for a second time at the end of December, which will be after the Enter before date.
I have heard from someone that this might be a problem and that my extension could be denied, because while I have entered the country before that date, it would also serve as a ‘valid until’ date after which no extension would be possible anymore.
Understandably I’m quite worried now. Does anyone know whether this is true or not? And if yes, is it possible to go to the embassy again in say 5 weeks and tell them of my mistake and ask them to cancel my old visa and give me a new one, which would have a ‘Enter before’ date somewhere in mid-January so that I wouldn’t have to worry whether or not I can get this second extension.
Thank you in advance for your help.