seasons greetings everyone.
i just arrived in taipei here on a five-year multiple entry visa. i don’t know specifically what in particular led the kansas city (us) teco office to give it to me, but this is what i submitted by mail:
passport, app, $100 fee for visa (of course), and…
an explanatory letter of my purpose of going to taiwan: ie. to learn more about taiwanese culture and to help enrich my previous educational experience in beijing.
i don’t know if mentioning the fact that i was planning to continue my study of chinese in taiwan rather than the mainland helped me out. i don’t know if the increase in visa fees - from ~$35-65 US to $100 US flat fee - is enabling the teco offices, or at least my teco office in kc, to issue 5-year visas. perhaps it was a gift since i arrived during lunar new year.
at any rate, that’s what i got.
but here’s a few questions: does this mean that for the next 5 years that all i need to do is leave the island and go into international waters every 60 days? can i extend it to 6-months without leaving the island? and has anyone else recently received the 5-year?