I will be coming to Taiwan as a visiting scholar in early 2022, and as I want my kid to be allowed to go to school for the 6 months we’re there, I have been encouraged to apply for a Gold Card. (The visa the university can get for me cannot convert into an ARC).
Right now we’re in South Korea but will be going to stay with family in Canada in late July, and will be there until late January 2022, when we have to stop back in South Korea briefly for visa reasons. Then our plan is to head to Taiwan the first week of February (or maybe second, due to the timing of the new year holiday in 2022).
Especially given that visa applications (including the Gold Card) are suspended until at least June 18th, I don’t even know if I will be able to submit my application in the system. If I can submit it (but the understanding is that it will not be processed until after June 18th), that doesn’t seem to give me much time to do a passport check in Seoul before we have to head to Canada.
I could check that I will be applying from Vancouver Canada and picking it up in Vancouver too, but I’m worried about timing there as well. We will have to complete quarantine in Canada when we arrive, and even after that there is no guarantee we’d be able to travel to Vancouver when called, as we’ll be on Vancouver Island and there is restriction of movement in Canada now due to the pandemic measures (though hopeful that won’t last for too long).
Any recommendations for what to put in for:
- where I’ll be applying for the visa and
- where I’ll be picking up the card
in light of these circumstances?
Also, in terms of getting the visas and ARCs for dependents, I should fly into Taiwan with my family either with the Gold Card or the receipt saying I will be picking up the Gold Card, and then they will be granted an ARC, correct? (Of course, this is assuming that tourists are allowed to enter by Feb. 2022).
Thanks a lot!