I agree with the viewpoint of BobDee entirely. Unfortunately, having been in Taiwan twenty-five years, and having studied Taiwanese law for the last six years, I can tell you that what many government departments will tell you that the regulations are, and what the law actually says, are at a wide variance.
There are a number of peculiar historical reasons for the existence of this curious state of affairs, however I can assure you that it does indeed exist. In most situations, if you have done your homework, and know what the law actually says, when you talk to the officials in question, and they do not agree to “your interpretation”, all you get for your trouble is an argument.
In fact, there is very little precedent in Taiwan for “foreigner’s rights.” There have been hardly any cases in the administrative courts where foreigners felt their rights were being violated, and demanded better treatment.
Is there a solution? Yes, and it is a three letter word. The word is “sue”. That is my recommendation. I handle many of these cases myself, for locals and foreigners alike, from all corners of the island.
But, it is a complicated and lengthy procedure. There are no “instant solutions”. I am familiar with all the documentary requirements (you must have a verifiable trail of paperwork), the procedures for filing an administrative appeal, and later the administrative suit. Obviously, it all has to be done in Chinese.
My suggestion is that a person who is applying to do something should first research the relevant laws, and then begin the procedure. If there are some unfair stipulations, it could be possible to “design a test case” so that we could move the entire issue through the legal system to get a solution, based on the “letter of the law”. Over the long term, that will clearly benefit the entire foreign community.
I actively work on researching all these types of human rights issues every day, and call on legislators and other government officials on a regular basis.
Keep in touch.