As many of you suggested, I went ahead and applied for a Gold Card. Thanks for the advice. I think I’ve passed the skills assessment because yesterday I got an email to drop off my passport (for ID verification).
So, my question is: what’s the timeframe between ID verification and me being summoned to collect my Gold Card?
I know that for many people this is just about driving down a few blocks to the embassy. But I live in a city without a Taipei Economic and Trade Office. So I need to actually go interstate to submit my passport (and go through a Corona testing each way). So, I’ll need to plan my travel properly. If possible, I want to stay in the city where the trade office / embassy is while waiting for my card so I won’t have to go back and forth. But I’m just not very sure how long the waiting period would be - especially during Christmas.
Thanks in advance for your help.